News and events - Tampere University of Technology

TUT helps lay the foundation for future breakthroughs in particle physics

Monday, 1 June saw the start of EuroCirCol, the EC-funded part of the FCC study that will develop the conceptual design for an energy-frontier hadron collider. Researchers at TUT are also involved in the project.
Antti Stenvall and Tiina Salmi from TUT attended EuroCirCol’s kick-off meeting at CERN on 2-4 June. Photo: Julie Hardre.
Antti Stenvall and Tiina Salmi from TUT attended EuroCirCol’s kick-off meeting at CERN on 2-4 June. Photo: Julie Hardre.

The EuroCirCol project creates opportunities for doctoral and post-doctoral assignments in the areas of beam optics and accelerator technologies in the participating institutes. EuroCirCol is a building block in the globally coordinated strategy of the FCC study to produce a global design for a global machine. The main outcome of EuroCirCol will be the laying of foundations for subsequent research infrastructure development that will strengthen Europe as a leader in global research cooperation over the coming decades.

TUT develops quench protection concept for dipole magnets

TUT’s role in EuroCirCol is to devise a quench protection concept for the dipole magnets that keep the beams on their circular path.

”The energy density of the Nb3Sn magnets that we’re developing is approximately four times that of the NbTi magnets in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This is why the protection concept must be completely rethought. Researchers at TUT are working on this in collaboration with a nuclear physics laboratory based in Milan, Italy,” says Postdoctoral Researcher Antti Stenvall, who leads the project at TUT.

Research partners from 10 countries

The EuroCirCol kick-off event at CERN on 2 to 4 June brought together 62 participants to constitute governance bodies, commit to the project plan and align the organisation, structures and processes of 16 institutions from 10 countries. The goal of the project is to conceive a post-LHC research infrastructure around a 100 km circular energy-frontier hadron collider capable of reaching 100 TeV collisions.

 The project officially started on 1 June and will run for four years. The total estimated budget of 11.2 MEUR includes a 2.99 MEUR contribution from the Horizon 2020 programme on developing new world-class research infrastructures.

EuroCirCol is organised around four technical work packages: the first two relate to the development of the collider’s lattice and beam optics, including the experimental regions. A third is for the development of prototypes and will test a novel cryogenic beam vacuum system that can respond to the challenges of the high synchrotron radiation expected at such a collider. The last work package will study a viable design for a 16 Tesla accelerator magnet as part of a worldwide study of conductor R&D for the HL-LHC project and the FCC study.

Further information:

Postdoctoral Researcher Antti Stenvall, tel. +358 40 849 0403,

TUT and CERN are engaged in a number of collaborative projects. Science magazine Interface: TUT participates in the reliability study of CERN’s proposed future circular collider

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
Keywords: science and research, services and collaboration, working at tut