EuroCirCol - European Circular Energy-Frontier Collider

EuroCirCol was a conceptual design study for a post-LHC research infrastructure based on an energy-frontier 100 TeV circular hadron collider. It was selected for funding within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

The study received 3 M€ funding from the European Union. It brought together an international consortium of 16 beneficiary partner organizations including universities and research centres. EuroCirCol was coordinated by CERN and ran for 4 years.

The objective of this ambitious project was to develop the conceptual design of a future energy frontier hadron collider infrastructure as an international, collaborative effort under European leadership. A new research infrastructure of such scale depends on the feasibility of key technologies pushed beyond the current state of the art. Innovative designs for accelerator magnets to achieve high-quality fields up to 16 T and for a cryogenic beam vacuum system to cope with unprecedented synchrotron light power are amongst the many challenges that have been addressed. Advanced energy efficiency, reliability and cost effectiveness are additional key factors to build and operate such an accelerator within realistic time scale and cost.

EuroCirCol was part of the global Future Circular Collider (FCC) study, federating resources worldwide to assess the merits of different future accelerator scenarios. FCC forms the core of a globally coordinated strategy of converging activities in a very important research area, involving participants from the European Research Area and beyond.

This Research and Innovation Action project submitted to call H2020-INFRADEV-1-2014-1 receives funding from the European Union’s H2020 Framework Programme under grant agreement No 654305.