CERN Accelerator Projects and Future Plans

Frank Zimmermann (CERN)
DESY auditorium, 17:00h

After 25 years of design and construction, the beam commissioning of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has started in 2008. Various upgrades are already being prepared to boost the LHC luminosity. These include a staged rebuilding of the interaction regions and a rejuvenation of the LHC injector complex. The latter will comprise both a chain of three new accelerators, such as a 4-5 GeV superconducting (SC) proton linac (SPL), and a reinforcement of the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS). In addition, design studies are being pursued for an LHC based highest-energy electron-proton/ion collider, LHeC, involving SC recirculating electron linacs. Significant accelerator improvements are also underway for the SPS fixed target program, and for the radioactive ion beams in REX-ISOLDE. Plans for a neutrino factory take advantage of the SPL. The development of a future multi-TeV linear collider based on two-beam acceleration, CLIC, is centered at the CTF3 test facility, and it is being advanced in collaboration with the International Linear Collider (ILC). R&D on high-field SC magnets and initial exploratory studies on advanced proton-driven plasma acceleration of electrons are preparing the ground for the longer term. An overview is attempted of all these CERN projects and future plans.

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