Introducing the Future Circular Collider Innovation Study at FCC November Workshop (FCC NoW)

The upcoming FCC November Week includes the kickoff meeting of the recently approved EU Horizon 2020 project “Future Circular Collider Innovation Study” (FCCIS).


FCC week 2019
Fifth annual conference of the FCC collaboration held in Brussels from 24 to 28 June 2019. (Image: CERN)

In the context of the 2020 update of the European Particle Physics Strategy, the upcoming FCC November Week (FCC NoW) comprises the 4th annual FCC Physics and Experiments Workshop and the kickoff meeting of the recently approved EU Horizon 2020 project “Future Circular Collider Innovation Study” (FCCIS).

The upcoming meeting will address the mandate issued by the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics: "Europe, together with its international partners, should investigate the technical and financial feasibility of a future hadron collider at CERN with a centre-of-mass energy of at least 100 TeV and with an electron-positron Higgs and electroweak factory as a possible first stage. Such a feasibility study of the colliders and related infrastructure should be established as a global endeavour and be completed on the timescale of the next Strategy update."

After the discovery of the Higgs boson, the SM of particle physics is theoretically complete, nevertheless it leaves many questions unanswered. Most important of those are the origin of the electroweak scale, the nature of dark matter, the origin of matter in the Universe and the structure of flavor. There are no experimental hints pointing clearly to the origin of these phenomena and, for the first time since the Fermi theory of weak interactions, there is no clear energy scale or coupling strength for new physics. The success of the Standard Model, confirmed over a several-decades long experimental programme around the world, gives us a strong indication that we are heading in the right direction in our understanding of fundamental physics. Future strategies to explore for new physics should be based on the complementarity of energy and precision frontier. Past experience has shown that measurements at the limit of precision and sensitivity often provide clues of new physics before the latter can be revealed directly by high-energy collisions.

A high-priority recommendation of the recent 2020 Update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics requests the European particle physics community and its international partners to study the feasibility of the two FCC colliders and their common infrastructure. The realization of a future Higgs and electroweak factory defined by EPPSU “as the highest-priority next collider” will enable a wide range of precise measurements of the Standard Model parameters including the recently discovered Higgs boson. An electron-positron collider proposed under the FCC project (FCC-ee) best complies with this guideline, and consequently offers, in a cost-effective fashion, the broadest physics discovery potential and the most ambitious perspective towards a 100 TeV high-energy proton collider (FCC-hh) housed in the same tunnel and profiting from the new infrastructure.

FCC NoW will bring together experts to discuss the scientific and technological challenges opened by a next-generation research infrastructure and set a roadmap of future activities. The 4th edition of the FCC Physics and Experiments Workshop will feature the most recent results appeared in the literature on the study of the physics prospects of the Future Circular Collider project. On the experimental side, it will propose new activities aimed at the development of the detectors and collaborations for a future circular lepton collider. Moreover, the EU-funded FCCIS design study will deliver a high-level design and an implementation plan for a new research infrastructure based on a 100 km long, circular tunnel and the associated surface sites, that could serve the world-wide particle-physics community at least through the end of the 21st century.

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Participation is free but you are kindly asked to register online.

Note that due to the COVID-19 situation, this event will mainly, or entirely, be held remotely. Plenary talks will be webcast and presentations will be given with the possibility for interactive Q&A using the support of a videoconferencing tool.