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Design of a pan-European Infrastructure for Large Apparatus studying Grand Unification, Neutrino Astrophysics and Long Baseline Neutrino Oscillations

Objective

Key questions in physics can be answered only by constructing a giant underground observatory to search for rare events and study terrestrial and astrophysical neutrinos. The Astroparticle Roadmap of ApPEC/ASPERA strongly supports this, recommending that: “a new large European infrastructure of 100'000-500'000 ton for proton decay and low-energy neutrinos be evaluated as a common design study together with the underground infrastructure and eventual detection of accelerator neutrino beams”. The latest CERN roadmap also states: “a range of very important non-accelerator experiments takes place at the overlap of particle and astroparticle physics exploring otherwise inaccessible phenomena; Council will seek with ApPEC a coordinated strategy in these areas of mutual interest.”
Reacting to this, uniting scientists across Europe with industrial support to produce a very strong collaboration, the LAGUNA FP7 design study has had a very positive effect. It enabled, via study of seven pre-selected locations (Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and UK), a detailed geo-technical assessment of the giant underground cavern needed, concluding finally that no geo-technical show-stoppers to cavern construction exist. Building on this, the present design study will address two challenges vital to making a final detector and site choice: (i) to determine the full cost of construction underground, commissioning and long-term operation of the infrastructure, and (ii) to determine the full impact of including long baseline neutrino physics with beams from CERN.
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Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Address

Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 325 200

Administrative Contact

André Rubbia (Prof.)

Participants (38)

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UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 68 000

LOMBARDI ENGINNERING SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 1 656 080

JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 8 700

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 15 000

Kalliosuunnittelu Oy Rockplan Ltd

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 312 000

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 143 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 179 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 94 000

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 57 000

THE HENRYK NIEWODNICZANSKI INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS, POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 8 960

NARODOWE CENTRUM BADAN JADROWYCH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 8 960

POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 23 400

KGHM CUPRUM SPZOO ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA - CENTRUM BADAWCZO-ROZWOJOWE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 26 600

CONSORCIO PARA EL EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DEL LABORATORIO SUBTERRANEO DE CANFRANC

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 17 000

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 19 640

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

INGENIERIA ESPECIALIZADA OBRA CIVIL E INDUSTRIAL SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 31 320

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 154 270

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 84 792

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 65 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 17 000

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 49 050

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 47 000

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 48 000

TECHNODYNE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 211 560

ALAN AULD GROUP LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 323 160

RHYAL ENGINEERING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 190 000

SOCIETE FRANCAISE D ETUDES ET DE REALISATIONS D EQUIPEMENTS GAZIERS SOFREGAZ SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 192 000

AGT INGEGNERIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 68 000

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 48 000

"INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE -DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA SI INGINERIE NUCLEARA ""HORIA HULUBEI"" (IFIN-HH)"

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 9 600

INTER-UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE CORPORATION, HIGH ENERGY ACCELERATOR RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Japan

EU Contribution

€ 17 000

B.P. KONSTANTINOV PETERSBURG NUCLEAR PHYSICS INSTITUTE

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 3 108

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 284518

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2011

  • End date

    31 August 2014

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 174 113,13

  • EU contribution

    € 4 900 000

Coordinated by:

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland