Lecture | CERN prepares its long-term future: a 100-km circular collider to follow the LHC? | CERN Globe | 11 March

Particle physics is a long-term field of research: the LHC was originally conceived in the 1980s, but did not start running until 25 years later. An accelerator unlike any other, it is now just at the start of a programme that is set to run for another 20 years.


Frédérick Bordry.

While the LHC programme is already well defined for the next two decades, it is now time to look even further ahead, and so CERN is initiating an exploratory study for a future long-term project centred on a next-generation circular collider with a circumference of 80 to 100 kilometres. A worthy successor to the LHC, whose collision energies will reach 13 TeV in 2015, such an accelerator would allow particle physicists to push the boundaries of knowledge even further. The Future Circular Collider (FCC) programme will focus especially on studies for a hadron collider, like the LHC, capable of reaching unprecedented energies in the region of 100 TeV.

Opening with an introduction to the LHC and its physics programme, this lecture will then focus on the feasibility of designing, building and operating a machine approaching 100 km in length and the biggest challenges that this would pose, as well as the different options for such a machine (proton-proton, electron-positron or electron-proton collisions).

Lecture in French, accompanied by slides in English.

18:30-19:30: talk: CERN prepares its future:a 100-km circular collider to follow the LHC?
19:30- 20:00 Questions and Answers
Speaker: Frederick Bordry, CERN Director for Accelerators and Technology

Entrance is free, but registration is mandatory:

As Director for Accelerators and Technology, Frédérick Bordry is in charge of the operation of the whole CERN accelerator complex, with a special focus on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), and the development of post-LHC projects and technologies.

He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Électronique, d’Électrotechnique, d’Informatique et d’Hydraulique de Toulouse (ENSEEIHT) and earned the titles of docteur-ingénieur and docteur ès sciences at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT). He worked for ten years as a teaching researcher in both those institutes and later held a professorship for two years at the Université Fédérale de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil (1979-1981). Since joining CERN in 1986, he has fulfilled several roles, most notably in accelerator design and energy conversion.

Always a strong believer in the importance of international exchange in culture, politics and science, he has devoted time to reflecting on issues relating to education, research and multilingualism. He is also convinced of the importance of pooling financial and human resources, especially at the European level.