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

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

Objective

Key questions in particle and astroparticle physics can be answered only by construction of new giant underground observatories to search for rare events and to study sources of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial neutrinos. In this context, the European Astroparticle Roadmap of 03/07, via ApPEC and ASPERA, states: “We recommend a new large European infrastructure, an international multi-purpose facility of 105-106 ton scale for improved studies of proton decay and low-energy neutrinos. Water-Cherenkov, Liq. Scintillator & Liq. Argon should be evaluated as a common design study together with the underground infrastructure and eventual detection of accelerator neutrino beams. This study should take into account worldwide efforts and converge by 2010...” Furthermore, the latest particle physics roadmap from CERN of 11/06 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, we propose here a design study, LAGUNA, to produce by 2010 a full conceptual design sufficient to provide policy makers and funding agencies with enough information for a construction decision. Has Europe the technical and human capability to lead future underground science by hosting the next generation underground neutrino and rare event observatory? We aim to answer this question. Certainly construction will exceed the capacity of any single European nation - to compete with the US and Asia unification of our scattered efforts is essential. Failure to plan now risks not only that our picture of Nature's laws remain fundamentally incomplete but also that leadership in the field enjoyed by Europe for 20 years falls away. EU FP7 input now is timely and will have major strategic impact, guaranteeing coherence and stimulating national funding.

Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Address

Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 314 919,15

Administrative Contact

Andre Rubbia (Prof.)

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UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

Kalliosuunnittelu Oy Rockplan Ltd

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 187 000

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 19 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

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

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 55 000

KGHM CUPRUM SPZOO ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA - CENTRUM BADAWCZO-ROZWOJOWE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 56 627,97

INSTYTUT GOSPODARKI SUROWCAMI MINERALNYMI I ENERGIA PAN

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 57 153,38

CONSORCIO PARA EL EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DEL LABORATORIO SUBTERRANEO DE CANFRANC

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 146 000

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 41 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

TECHNODYNE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 125 299,50

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

AGT INGEGNERIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 87 000

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

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 16 000

LOMBARDI ENGINNERING SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 187 000

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 31 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212343

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 456 286,30

  • EU contribution

    € 1 700 000

Coordinated by:

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

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