The Large Hadron Collider tunnel during Long-Shutdown 2. (Image: CERN)
Building SMA18 (near SM18), a storage area for either test magnets for the HL-LHC or spare magnets for the LHC. (Image: CERN)
Refurbished magnets being installed in the LHC during Long-Shutdown 2. (Image: CERN)
Innovation Fostering in Accelerator Science and Technology (I.FAST)
Particle accelerators currently face critical challenges related to the size and performance of future facilities for fundamental research, to the increasing demands coming from accelerators for applied science, and to the growing applications in medicine and industry.
I.FAST aims to enhance innovation in the particle accelerator community, mapping out and facilitating the development of breakthrough technologies common to multiple accelerator platforms. The project involves 49 partners, including 17 companies as co-innovation partners, to explore new alternative accelerator concepts and advanced prototyping of key technologies. These include, among others, new accelerator designs and concepts, advanced superconducting technologies for magnets and cavities, techniques to increase brightness of synchrotron light sources, strategies and technology to improve energy efficiency, and new societal applications of accelerators.