In the last 15 years, Norway has built up a significant accelerator science expertise through participation in accelerator research at CERN. Several large new colliders are on the study table, including the circular FCC with 100 km circumference and the linear CLIC/ILC with lengths up to 50 km. UiO has been a partner in the development of CLIC for more than ten years with significant contributions of numerical simulations and experiments. We have strong expertise in beam dynamics and simulations, RF-design, particle-matter interactions and instrumentation, all which is needed to develop the next generation of particle colliders. A novel accelerator concept, plasma wakefield technology, uses plasma wave acceleration to accelerate particle beams with much higher accelerating gradient than today’s technology. UiO is studying plasma wakefield acceleration, both numerical and experimental contribution. It is the performance and cost of future particle accelerators that limit which experiments can be performed at the energy frontier, therefore accelerator research is highly important for the future of particle physics. Particle accelerator technology developed at CERN is also being used in advanced medical applications, for example particle therapy for cancer. The accelerator research field has interesting projects for Norwegian students at CERN or in Norway.

Leader: Erik Adli

LHC Accelerator (Image: CERN)