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Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (Switzerland)

CERN is an International Organisation, the world's largest particle physics centre and operates a vast complex of particle accelerators. The more than 60-year history of CERN is marked with impressive achievements in the construction and operation of powerful linear and circular accelerators. At the end of 2009, CERN brought into operation the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). With proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV, the LHC is the most powerful accelerator in the world, awaited so eagerly by the particle physics communities on all continents. CERN has experience in managing the world-class accelerator infrastructures and by its very nature of International Organization the expertise in leading large-scale collaborations involving institutes from all over the world. CERN has a long and solid experience in the EU Framework Programmes and the CERN administrative, legal and financial services are competent to process all issues the consortium may have to face. Over several decades, CERN has developed and maintained leading expertise in various fields, in particular accelerator physics, radio frequency cavities, magnet design, beam collimation, superconducting technologies, and accelerator reliability. CERN is presently operating a new linear accelerator called Linac4 which will inject particles at the energy of 160 MeV into the PS Booster. The goal of Linac4 is to increase beam intensity into the LHC injectors in preparation of the LHC luminosity upgrade. The Linac4 accelerator will provide beams to the CERN complex following the second Long Shutdown (LS2), finishing 2020. The Linac4 technology and design are very similar to MYRRHA. In this project, CERN will coordinate the reliability analysis of the MYRRHA accelerator, providing support on methods and tools to be used for the analysis and, where applicable, share relevant fault data from its facilities.

Contact persons

Jan Uythoven

Andrea Apollonio

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