CERN Plans To Replace The Large Hadron Collider With The Higgs Boson Factory
The Supervisory Board of the European organization for nuclear research (CERN) has prepared a new strategy for the development of particle physics in Europe. As part of it, scientists plan to create a "Higgs Boson Factory," according to the official press release.
"Building an electron-positron "Higgs Boson Factory" will be CERN's top priority after we turn the LHC into a high-luminosity Collider. Construction of the next accelerator facility may begin in less than ten years after the BANK implements all its scientific capabilities," the report says.
Today, the CERN Supervisory Board unanimously approved the updated version of the European strategy for the study of particle physics. This document defines all the priorities of CERN, including plans for the construction of new accelerator facilities, as well as prospects for international cooperation of the organization.
The first document of this kind was created in 2006 when the CERN member countries named the construction and operation of the Large hadron Collider as their main scientific priority. In 2013, the strategy was updated to reflect the achievements, including the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was obtained during the first stage of the LHC.
The new strategy, which CERN experts have been developing over the past year and a half, focuses on two goals – turning the LHC into a high-luminosity accelerator facility (HL-LHC), which is scheduled for launch in 2027, and on the search for "new physics."
The primary tool for this research, according to the developers of the document, will be a project that they call the electron-positron "factory of Higgs bosons." According to the plans of the program authors, this installation should achieve a collision energy of 100 TeV, which is about seven times higher than it was possible to reach during the last session of the LHC.
In addition, CERN participants want to focus their efforts on some key international projects, such as the construction of the ILC Linear Collider in Japan, as well as the development of superconductors and new technologies that can accelerate particles more efficiently than modern accelerators.
"We have prepared a very ambitious development strategy, with the step-by-step implementation of which Europe and CERN will have a bright future. We plan to continue to invest funds and resources in cooperation programs between CERN and the institutions of the organization's member countries, as well as with organizations in other countries. International cooperation is the key to continuous scientific and technological progress," concluded Fabiola Gianotti, CEO of CERN.