The Future Circular Collider Study (FCC) is developing designs for a higher performance particle collider to extend the research currently being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), once the latter reaches the end of its lifespan.
The goal of the FCC is to greatly push the energy and intensity frontiers of particle colliders, with the aim of reaching collision energies of 100 TeV, in the search for new physics.
The FCC Study, hosted by CERN, is an international collaboration of more than 70 institutes from all over the world.
The study will elaborate on different possibilities for circular colliders, new detector facilities, the associated infrastructure, cost estimates, global implementation scenarios, as well as appropriate international governance structures.
The FCC examines scenarios for three different types of particle collisions: hadron (proton-proton and heavy ion) collisions, like in the LHC; electron-positron collisions, as in the former LEP; and proton-electron collisions.
Scientists are currently conducting physics and detector studies for each option. In parallel, dedicated teams of experts are performing in-depth analyses of infrastructure, operation concepts, and the key technologies required.
This FCC accelerator complex would be the next large research facility after the LHC and its High-Luminosity upgrade (HL-LHC), when these approach the limits of their discovery potential around 2035.
The next step for the FCC Study is to deliver, by 2018, a conceptual design report, as input to the next update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics.