Apply now for access to EuCARD-2 open facilities

CERN's Maurizio Vretenar explains the EuCARD-2 project (Video: CERN)

Applications are now open for access to conduct research at two out of three advanced accelerator facilities in Europe that have been selected as part of the EuCARD-2 project.

EuCARD-2 is an international collaboration of 40 universities, laboratories and industry partners that aim to make particle accelerators smaller, more powerful and more efficient. The project, which is co-funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Capacities Programme, brings together researchers from all over the world to develop new magnets, materials and accelerating systems for particle accelerators.

"We want to develop a new generation of accelerators that allow not only scientists to profit, but also society – in medicine and industry," says project coordinator Maurizio Vretenar of CERN.

The project includes plans to open up three advanced accelerator-test facilities in Europe to allow researchers both within and without the collaboration to conduct experiments. Researchers can expect access to different particle beams and materials in highly irradiated environments, as well as various magnets and instrumentation. The three facilities represent modern facets of accelerator sciences, located in world-class laboratories that have been recently opened or upgraded.

Applications to two of these facilities are now open :

ICTF@STFC – Deadline 7 March 2014

The ICTF facility is a specialized beam line at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFCISIS facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. ISIS comprises source, linac, synchrotron and targets normally operated for the production of pulsed neutron and muon beams. The new beam line is equipped with instrumentation to characterize the beam.

How to apply

Magnet@CERN – Deadline 31 March 2014

CERN will extend access of SM18 to users to test superconducting magnets and/or specific low-temperature instrumentation.

CERN will take care of the operation of the infrastructure. Since tests could last several weeks, the users are expected to participate with CERN specialists at a scientific level to the definition of the goals of the tests and to the analysis of the results after the test completion.

The users are expected to finance the special equipment to build for the tests, if necessary.

How to apply