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Maintenance and Operation 2010 for the LHC experiments at CERN

English title Maintenance and Operation 2010 for the LHC experiments at CERN
Applicant Straumann Ulrich
Number 130045
Funding scheme FORCE / CERN
Research institution Physik-Institut Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Particle Physics
Start/End 01.04.2010 - 31.03.2011
Approved amount 1'070'000.00
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Keywords (9)

LHC Experiments; ATLAS; Higgs; Supersymmetry; CP Violation; new physics; standard model; CMS; LHCb

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The new large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN will now start its operation in November 2009, initially colliding protons with a centre of mass energy of 7 TeV. Over the last 13 months, the repair and consolidation of the machine has been carried out with great care.In an enormous effort over more than 15 years the world-wide particle physicist community has designed, developed, constructed and installed four detectors, in order to exploit the physics at the TeV scale, which will shed light on the nature of electro-weak symmetry breaking and where supersymmetric particles or extra special dimensions may be discovered. Switzerland has significantly contributed to three of those experiments, involving substantial contributions from the Universities of Geneva, Berne and Zurich, from ETHZ and EPFL as well as from PSI.The experiments, designed to measure the reaction products at the interaction regions of LHC, are also supported by CERN in its role as the host laboratory of the LHC accelerator. However, CERN requests the institutes and funding agencies involved in the detector investmentsa) to contribute to the daily running and maintenance expenses, andb) to provide the necessary scientific and technical manpower to ensure operations and the good working order of the elements and sub-detectors they have provided for the whole lifetime of the experiment of about 10 years. The rules for distributing these costs (a) and b) above) among the institutes is proportional to their participation and laid down in a Memorandum of understanding for each experiment. The amounts have been decided at the Resources Review Board RRB of 12-14 October 2009, where all institutes and funding agencies are present.This FORCE request is coordinated by CHIPP (Swiss Institute for Particle Physics) and is a common request from of all institutes active in the LHC detector construction and operation. It summarises the Swiss contributions to the three LHC detector's design, construction, commissioning and operation. It explains CERN's concept of maintenance and operation (including funding mechanisms) and gives an overview of the costs for 2010, which Switzerland is supposed to cover (according to the RRB agreement).
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
124379 FORCE 2009: Particle Physics at CERN 01.04.2009 FORCE / CERN
135989 FORCE 2010: Maintenance & Operation for the LHC Experiments 2011 01.04.2011 FORCE / CERN
121768 FORCE: Proton-proton collider physics with the ATLAS experiment 01.10.2008 FORCE / CERN
125293 Maintenance and Operation for the LHC experiments at CERN 01.04.2009 FORCE / CERN
134940 FORCE 2011: High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.07.2011 FORCE / CERN
141140 FORCE 2012: Operation and upgrade of the LHCb experiment 01.04.2012 FORCE / CERN
135188 FORCE 2011: Construction of the LHCb experiment 01.04.2011 FORCE / CERN
135453 Experimental Particle Physics at the LHC 01.04.2011 Project funding
125293 Maintenance and Operation for the LHC experiments at CERN 01.04.2009 FORCE / CERN
121949 FORCE - Physics at the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN 01.10.2008 FORCE / CERN
124439 FORCE - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2009 FORCE / CERN
125035 FORCE 2009: High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.04.2009 FORCE / CERN
125551 FORCE: Construction of the LHCb experiment 01.04.2009 FORCE / CERN
124583 The CMS Experiment at LHC (FORCE extension request for proposal No. 206620-116118) 01.04.2009 FORCE / CERN

Abstract

The new large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN will now start its operation in November 2009, initially colliding protons with a centre of mass energy of 7 TeV. Over the last 13 months, the repair and consolidation of the LHC has been carried out with great care.In an enormous effort over more than 15 years the world-wide particle physicist community has designed, developed, constructed and installed four detectors, in order to exploit the physics at the TeV scale, which will shed light on the nature of electro-weak symmetry breaking and where supersymmetric particles or extra spacial dimensions may be discovered. Switzerland significantly contributed to three of those experiments. The experiments, designed to measure the reaction products at the interaction regions of LHC, are also supported by CERN in its role as the host laboratory of the LHC accelerator. However, CERN requests the institutes and funding agencies involved in the detector investments a) to contribute to the daily running and maintenance expenses, andb) to provide the necessary scientific and technical manpower to ensure operations and the good working order of the elements and sub-detectors they have provided for the whole lifetime of the experiment of about 10 years. The distribution of these costs (a and b above) among the institutes is proportional to their participation and decided at the Ressources Review Board RRB of 12-14 October 2009, where all institutes and funding agencies are present.This FORCE request is coordinated by CHIPP (Swiss Institute for Particle Physics) and is a common request from of all institutes active in the LHC detector construction and operation. It summarises the Swiss contributions to the three LHC detector's design, construction, commissioning and operation. It explains CERN's concept of maintenance and operation (including funding mechanisms) and gives an overview of the costs for 2010, which Switzerland is supposed to cover (according to the RRB agreement).
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