A stunning new concept design has just been published which is part of an international collaboration at CERN to build the Future Circular Collider (FCC), which will eventually succeed the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
According to CERN, the Conceptual Design Report (CDR) that was published is quite large, at four volumes, and addresses the need to build a new and improved circular collider in the future. But what might this future collider look like and be capable of?
As CERN Director for Accelerators and Technology Frédérick Bordry explained, the post-LHC collider will run for 100 kilometers and will also contain up to 100 TeV of energy within it.
"The FCC's ultimate goal is to provide a 100-kilometer superconducting proton accelerator ring, with an energy of up to 100 TeV, meaning an order of magnitude more powerful than the LHC. The FCC timeline foresees starting with an electron-positron machine, just as LEP preceded the LHC. This would enable a rich program to benefit the particle physics community throughout the twenty-first century."