IPPP topical meeting on physics with high-brightness stored muon beams


The recent update to the European Strategy for Particle Physics  recommended

  • R&D on the production of bright muon beams as a means to explore the energy and intensity frontiers
  • A programme of experimentation is developed to determine neutrino cross-sections with the precision required to maximise the reach of the future neutrino-frontier exploration programme.

The European Laboratories Director’s Group has initiated the international Muon Collider collaboration to spearhead the development of the necessary R&D programme. The collaboration has identified nuSTORM, the “Neutrinos from Stored Muons” facility, which is capable of delivering cross-section measurements of the requisite precision, as a possible R&D test-bed and technology demonstrator.

In a recent submission to the Particle Physics Advisory Panel of the STFC, the UK members of the international Muon Collider collaboration expressed its interest in joining the international effort and proposed measurements of neutrino cross-sections at nuSTORM as a stepping stone to construction of a muon collider.

Therefore, the IPPP invites you to a topical workshop on the physics opportunities that are presented by high-brightness stored muon beams. The meeting will be held online during the afternoon and early evening of the 10th and 11th February 2021.

The goals of the workshop will be to:

  •  Review and evaluate the physics case for the muon collider, nuSTORM, and other potential applications of high-brightness muon beams
  •  Consider the opportunities for a UK collaboration to establish a leading role in the emerging international effort.

The desired output of the workshop is a short document in which the status of the field is briefly reviewed and the opportunities for the UK to establish positions of leadership in the emerging international collaboration is outlined.

Registration for Muon Physics Workshop
  • Adi Ashkenazi
  • Artur Ankowski
  • Chris Rogers
  • Donatella Lucchesi
  • Jessica Turner
  • Kirsty Duffy
  • Michael Spannowsky
  • Munerah Alrashed
  • Roden Derveni
  • Shabeeb Alalawi
  • Shinji Machida
  • Vaibhavi Gawas
  • Weimin Song
  • Xianguo Lu
  • Wednesday, 10 February
    • 13:00 15:00
      Neutrino Physics
      • 13:00
        Neutrino cross sections for oscillation experiments 30m
        Speaker: Dr Stephen Dolan
      • 13:30
        Improving the precision in modelling pion reactions in the NuWro event generator 30m
        Speaker: Dr Katejan Niewczas
      • 14:00
        e4nu effort, using electron measurements to improve the precision of the GENIE event generator 30m
        Speaker: Dr Adi Ashkenazi
      • 14:30
        Exclusive-final-state hadron observables from neutrino-nucleus multinucleon knockout 30m
        Speaker: Dr Joanna Sobczyk
    • 15:00 15:30
      Coffee break 30m
    • 15:30 17:30
      Neutrino Physics
      • 15:30
        Ab-initio nuclear calculations for neutrino-nucleus cross sections 30m
        Speaker: Dr Lovato Alessandro
      • 16:00
        Neutrino measurements on Argon: MicroBooNE and ArgoNeut 30m
        Speaker: Dr Kirsty Duffy
      • 16:30
        Assessing the accuracy of the GENIE event generator with electron-scattering data 30m
        Speaker: Dr Artur Ankowski
      • 17:00
        Neutrino measurements in NoVA 30m
        Speaker: Dr Linda Cremonesi
  • Thursday, 11 February
    • 13:00 14:30
      Accelerator Physics
      • 13:00
        Targetry for High Power Muon Facilities 25m
        Speaker: Dr Ilias Efthymiopoulos (CERN)
      • 13:25
        Cooling and its Demonstration 25m
        Speaker: Chris Rogers (RAL)
      • 13:50
        Fixed Field Accelerators for Muon Physics and More 25m
        Speaker: Dr Jaroslaw Pasternak (Imperial College, London)
      • 14:15
        Discussion 15m
    • 14:30 15:00
      Coffee break 30m
    • 15:00 15:30
      Muon collider phenomenology 30m
      Speaker: Andrea Wulzer
    • 15:30 16:00
      Phenomenological aspects of muon colliders 30m
      Speaker: Tao Han
    • 16:00 16:30
      Experimental aspects of muon colliders 30m
      Speaker: Donatella Lucchesi
    • 16:30 16:45
      Short break 15m
    • 16:45 17:30
      Joint Discussion Session