I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the 3rd FCC Workshop from January 13 to 17, 2020 and got I first hand look behind the scenes of the planning of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) which is supposed to come after the current Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has gone through its High Luminosity (HL) upgrades and needs to be replace somewhere in the beginning of the 2040s.
That sounds like a long time, but as was pointed out, there is a lot of civil engineering work to be done – namely digging the 100 km circumference tunnels – and this needs to be started soon.
FCC is actually several colliders all of which are refereed to as FCC-INT. The first to be implemented is the FCC-ee collider, which is a electron-positron collider. Here, there is some competition between the circular FCC-ee (in CERN), the linear ILC (in Japan) and CLIC (in CERN) designs.
If you’re new to this subject I recommend reading Circular and Linear e+e− Colliders: Another Story of Complementarity by Alain Blondel and Partick Janot (arxiv.org:1912.11871).
In a nutshell, FCC-ee is the front-runner if you plan to do more than just Higgs physics. Namely EW, Flavour and Top physics as well as Beyond Standard Model physics (BSM) and if you want to keep the road open to a proton-proton (a hadron collider) called FCC-hh.
Current thinking seems to be that FCC-ee is favoured but with synergies of either ILC (or even CLIC) being built in Japan.
What I profited most in these 5 intense days, was to get some points drawn which I can now connect. Especially in QCD and EFT, BSM physics, but also collider technologies, software used to do particle physics and data acquisition (DAQ) process.
I now have a much better general understanding about the actual data which is being collected. Unfortunately, with my Windows 10 notebook, I couldn’t really participate in the software workshop – this is corrected now. It’s running Fedora 31 – which turns out to be noticeably faster…
I enjoyed my stay at CERN. Nice international atmosphere. Some buildings could use a make-over, though :-).