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Physical Sciences-Advanced Communities - Detectors for future accelerators

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End Date:

48 months

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Particle physics is at the forefront of the ERA, attracting a global community of more than 10,000 scientists. With the
upgrade of the LHC and the preparation of new experiments, the community will have to overcome unprecedented
challenges in order to answer fundamental questions concerning the Higgs boson, neutrinos, and physics beyond the
Standard Model. Major developments in detector technology are required to ensure the success of these endeavours.
The AIDA-2020 project brings together the leading European infrastructures in detector development and a number
of academic institutes, thus assembling the necessary expertise for the ambitious programme of work. In total, 19
countries and CERN are involved in this programme, which follows closely the priorities of the European Strategy
for Particle Physics. AIDA-2020 aims to advance detector technologies beyond current limits by offering wellequipped
test beam and irradiation facilities for testing detector systems under its Transnational Access programme.
Common software tools, micro-electronics and data acquisition systems are also provided. This shared high-quality
infrastructure will ensure optimal use and coherent development, thus increasing knowledge exchange between
European groups and maximising scientific progress. The project also exploits the innovation potential of detector
research by engaging with European industry for large-scale production of detector systems and by developing
applications outside of particle physics, e.g. for medical imaging. AIDA-2020 will lead to enhanced coordination
within the European detector community, leveraging EU and national resources. The project will explore novel
detector technologies and will provide the ERA with world-class infrastructure for detector development, benefiting
thousands of researchers participating in future particle physics projects, and contributing to maintaining Europe's
leadership of the field.

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