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A High Intensity Neutrino Oscillation Facility in Europe

A High Intensity Neutrino Oscillation Facility in Europe

Objective

The recent discovery that the neutrino changes type (or flavour) as it travels through space, a phenomenon referred to as neutrino oscillations, implies that neutrinos have a tiny, but non-zero mass. This implies that the Standard Model of particle physics is incomplete. The implications are far reaching: e.g neutrino interactions may be responsible for the removal of all the anti-matter created in the Big Bang from the early Universe and that the neutrino may have played a crucial role in the birth of the Universe itself. Knowledge of the contribution of neutrinos in these areas requires precise measurements of parameters governing neutrino oscillations, which will require new high intensity neutrino oscillation facilities in which neutrino beams are generated using new and highly challenging concepts. The construction of such a facility in Europe would reassert Europe’s position as the lead region for high energy particle physics and it would be in line with the strategy for the future of European particle physics, as recommended by the CERN Scientific Policy Committee. The design study will review the three currently accepted methods to realize such a neutrino facility (the so-called neutrino Superbeams, Beta Beams and Neutrino Factories) and do detailed studies of potential show stoppers, it will define the detector options necessary to measure the neutrino oscillation parameters and it will perform a critical physics evaluation of these facilities. The design study will also perform a cost assessment, that coupled with the physics performance, will permit the European research authorities to make a timely decision on the lay-out and construction of the future European neutrino oscillation facility. Doing this work now will enable Europe to secure the lead in this field. The study gathers some of the top specialists in the field, working at some of the leading institutes in European high energy physics, to assure results within the given time and cost framework.
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Coordinator

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

Address

Polaris House North Star Avenue
Sn2 1sz Swindon

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 888 647,50

Administrative Contact

Tony Wells (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 240 237,50

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 621 270,50

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 122 898,50

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 248 887,50

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 193 992,50

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 658 506,50

POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 186 227,50

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 90 424,50

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 155 168,50

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 120 564,50

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 5 064

SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 79 184,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 72 553,50

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 316 372,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212372

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 547 587,14

  • EU contribution

    € 4 000 000

Coordinated by:

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom