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International linear collider and high gradient superconducting RF-cavities

Activity Code: INFRA-2007-2.2-01.33
Coordinator: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY


There is worldwide consensus that the e+e- International Linear Collider (ILC) is the next major project in High Energy Physics following the imminent commissioning of the LHC; it is a high priority in the European Strategy for Particle Physics agreed by CERN Council. The ILC will constitute the precision tool for the Terascale, the scale of electroweak symmetry breaking. The ILC complements the potential of the LHC, which will initially chart this unknown territory. The ILC-HiGrade project brings together the key players in Europe to engage towards the realisation of the ILC.

They constitute a large fraction of the European element of the Global Design Effort (GDE) that has recently led to the publication of the Reference Design Report (RDR). The report forms the basis for the Engineering Design Phase of the ILC, which the GDE will complete by mid-2010 when the proposal for the ILC will be presented to the global stakeholders, i.e. governments and funding agencies to seek approval. The technically driven schedule envisages construction beginning in 2012. Project approval and start of construction is thus a two-stage process. Starting in 2008, the ILC-HiGrade Consortium will address important elements in this 2-stage process with sitting of the facility as one major ingredient.

Project Details:

Start Date: 01.02.2008
End Date: 31.01.2012
EU Contribution: 5 Mio. Euro
Total Costs: 9.79 Mio. Euro
Funding Scheme: Capacities specific programme / Research Infrastructures
Administrative Contact Person: Eckhard Elsen, eckhard.elsen@desy.de
Project Website:


  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Germany
  • The Chancellor, Master and Scholars of the University of Oxford, UK
  • Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA), France
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fiscia Nucleare, Italy
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Switzerland