European XFEL participates in EU research network CRISP
European XFEL cooperates within the EU research network CRISP of eleven new European research infrastructures.
European XFEL is one of the 16 partners who will cooperate within the new EU research network CRISP of eleven European research infrastructures currently being planned or under construction. The cooperation, which was initiated with a kick-off meeting on 17 October at the Czech embassy in Paris, focuses on four key areas of physics: accelerator technology, physics instrumentation and experiments, detectors and data acquisition technologies, IT and data management systems. CRISP, which stands for Cluster of Research Infrastructures for Synergies in Physics, is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme with twelve million euro.
The partners will exchange know-how and experience in order to develop new key technologies in Europe in a cost-effective and coordinated way. These technologies will offer scientists from different disciplines and from all around the world the best conditions for their research. “We very much welcome the initiative and expect important momentum for the involved institutions,” said Thomas Tschentscher, Scientific Director of European XFEL and Chairman of the CRISP Steering Committee. “All four work areas are very important for our X-ray laser European XFEL, which means that we are very well positioned for the cooperation with our partners.”
Advances in accelerator technology, for example, can further improve the desired quality of industrially manufactured superconducting cavities and thus lead to more efficient accelerators. With respect to the development of instruments and detectors, Tschentscher expects new collaborations between institutions with different research programmes but comparable technical challenges. And European cooperation in the fields of detectors, data management and IT will help to meet the challenges posed by the expected high data volumes and data quality of the new research infrastructures with the European XFEL being in the front-line.
Besides the European XFEL, the cooperation within the framework of CRISP pertains to the following research infrastructures listed on the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), which are either in planning, under construction, or undergoing significant expansion: the European laser project ELI, the European spallation neutron source ESS, the European consortium for free-electron lasers EuroFEL, the International Linear Collider development programme ILC-HiGrade, the international radio telescope SKA, the international accelerator facility GSI-FAIR, the international neutron source ILL, the super proton collider SLHC, the French heavy-ion accelerator GANIL-SPIRAL2, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF, who coordinates the CRISP project. Within the framework of this collaboration, European XFEL is working closely together with DESY. As one of 16 partner organizations, DESY is leading the CRISP accelerator technology work package and will also make significant contributions to the other fields.
CRISP homepage: www.crisp-fp7.eu