The European Strategy for Particle Physics Update, which was published in June 2020, identified the immediate need for active R&D programmes for future detectors and accelerators. The establishment of R&D roadmaps was entrusted to the European Collaboration for Future Accelerators (ECFA) in the case of detector R&D, and the European Laboratory Directors Group (ELDG) for the critical technologies associated with accelerators.
The purpose of the Particle Physics Technology Advisory Panel (PPTAP) is to provide a link between Executive Board, Council, TAAB, and the community, to produce a coherent UK position on the development of the R&D Roadmaps related to the European Strategy for Particle Physics Update. It is recognised that the UK will benefit from a coherent and strategic approach to future R&D in these fields that plays to the UK’s strengths.
Work on both the ECFA and ELDG roadmaps started in late-2020 and is expected to be completed and report to CERN Council by summer 2021. Each activity will draw on input from a number of working groups made up of experts from Member States; PPTAP in the UK. PPTAP was established and met for the first time in late-2020, and the lifetime of the panel will coincide with that of the European road-mapping process, expected to conclude in summer 2021.PPTAP is therefore expected to complete its activities and its final report to TAAB and Executive Board by Autumn 2021.
||Paula Chadwick||Durham University|
|Training/Skills||Robert Appleby||Cockcroft Institute Manchester|
|Advanced RF||Graeme Burt||Cockcroft Institute Daresbury|
|Muon||Chris Rogers||ISIS STFC|
|Magnets||Ben Shepherd||ASTeC STFC|
|High Gradient||Matthew Wing||University College London|
|Quantum||Kai Bongs||University of Birmingham|
|TDAQ||Rob Halsall||Technology STFC|
|Gas/Liquid||Kimberly Palladino||University of Oxford|
|Photodetector||Angela Romano||University of Birmingham/CERN|
|Integration||Craig Sawyer||Particle Physics, STFC|
|Solid State||Eva Vilella||University of Liverpool|
|Calo||Iacopo Vivarelli||University of Sussex|
Neil Chue Hong
EPCC Centre, Edinburgh
|HTC||Tim Scanlon||University College London|
John Adams Institute
|National Lab Director||Jim Clarke||ASTeC STFC|
|Associate Director||Charlotte Jamieson||Programmes, STFC|
|National Lab Director||Dave Newbold||Particle Physics, STFC|
|National Lab Director||Anna Orlowska||Technology STFC|
|Director||Peter Ratoff||Cockcroft Institute|
|RECFA & Chair LDG R&D||Max Klein||University of Liverpool|
PPTAP will be meeting on a monthly basis in 2021 prior to presenting its outcomes and report to the STFC Technology and Accelerator Advisory, and Executive, Boards ahead of CERN Council in the Autumn.
This survey explored the need for R&D towards new technologies, that would in turn support the infrastructure and facilities underlying the science programme. PPTAP sought input on a range of technology options that could represent R&D trajectories toward well-defined scientific objectives in the 2040s and beyond. Key themes relevant to PPTAP were scale and ambition, affordability, sustainability (in all its forms) and international cooperation and leadership.
The ECFA Roadmap Process grew out of the updated European Strategy process. The goals are that the roadmap should be developed by the community to balance the detector R&D efforts in Europe, taking into account progress with emerging technologies in adjacent fields; and, the roadmap should identify and describe a diversified detector R&D portfolio that has the largest potential to enhance the performance of the particle physics programme in the mid- and long-term. The Roadmap panel is organised in technology categories listed at
A series of symposia has been organised over spring. The symposia are aimed to engage the community in a discussion informed by technology experts, to understand the status of the relevant R&D activities and to help formulate the appropriate emphasis on R&D to meet detector technology needs for the future scientific programme.
A list of the symposia is available at
In view of the symposia, the task forces are encouraging input from the community. All questionnaires are available at
We would like to encourage the broadest reaction from the UK detector community. In particular, inputs to the following task forces are more than welcome:
TF1: Gaseous detectors
TF2: Liquid detectors
TF3: Solid State Detectors
TF5: Quantum Sensors and Emerging Technologies
TF7: Electronics and On-Detector Processing
Feedback can be sent to Iacopo, the national UK contact for ECFA (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to the ECFA task forces directly.
All task forces will accept inputs also beyond the indicative deadlines listed in the individual documents.
Once completed, the PPTAP report will be available here.
PPTAP is tasked to:
David Brown, Panel Secretary or Nicky Bladen-Hovell, Panel Coordinator can be contacted on PPTAP@stfc.ukri.org
Last updated: 19 March 2021