CERN‘s new strategy is up for discussion after the formal launch of the European Strategy for Particle Physics today. CERN will develop a vision for the future of European particle physics beyond the Standard Model.
The European Strategy for Particle Physics is a two year process involving the whole physics community and is expected to be concluded in May 2020. CERN’s new strategy will outline the future research in particle physics.
Is there a physics beyond the Standard Model?
The President of the CERN council, Sijbrand de Jong, “The Standard Model, our theory that best describes the known forces and particles, is unbelievably successful and was crowned by the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. But there is much evidence that it is not complete…There must be something beyond the Higgs and beyond the Standard Model, and it is a good time to reflect on where we are and where we should go next.”
CERN’s new strategy
“The Strategy process is about reviewing the state of particle physics by bringing together the whole community to discuss what Europe’s long-term vision should be. It is about shaping the field for the next decade and beyond. We have to start discussing what we would like the landscape of particle physics research to look like in the post-LHC era,” said the Chair of the European Strategy Group, Professor Halina Abramowicz.
The future of CERN
Speaking about CERN’s new strategy and the future of the High-Luminosity LHC, the CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti said: “With the High-Luminosity LHC now being under way, CERN will be able to exploit the Large Hadron Collider to its full potential until the end of the 2030s, profoundly improving our understanding of fundamental physics and keeping Europe at the forefront of physics and technology. This was the most important recommendation of the previous Strategy update in 2013. We now have to pave the way for the future. A diverse scientific programme will be crucial in order to answer the outstanding questions.”