Buzz Blog: Innovating the Colliders of the Future: the Electron Lens

Particle accelerators have opened a unique window into the subatomic world, revealing some of the most fundamental components of our universe. In the last ten years, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has taken us to new energy frontiers that resulted in the detection of the Higgs boson among other accomplishments, including the recent discovery of a doubly charmed particle. But there is still much to learn.

Published Wednesday in the American Physical Society’s journal Physical Review Letters,
new research by a team of scientists from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, better known as Fermilab, could help pave the way for next generation particle accelerators like the Future Circular Collider (FCC). The FCC will be a higher-performance accelerator than the LHC, with proton collision energies approaching 100 TeV—more than seven times the current collision energy of the LHC. Such an accelerator would be capable of probing the mysteries of dark matter, neutrinos, and the prevalence of matter over antimatter much deeper than anything in existence today.

A schematic map showing where the Future Circular Collider tunnel is proposed to be located.
Image Credit: CERN.

Planning a next-generation high-energy particle accelerator is an enormous task. Although designs are currently being developed for the FCC, construction is not expected to break ground until after 2035. This is partly because you can’t just incrementally upgrade existing technologies to make such a high-energy collider—it requires vision, cooperation, infrastructure, money, and innovation.

According to Fermilab’s Vladimir Shiltsev, “Super large colliders require different methods than traditional ones in order to keep their cost under control and their performance as great as possible.” Designing an accelerator like the FCC requires some completely new approaches to challenges like beam stability.

Imagine a line of ships leaving a port one right after the other,…

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