The Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) study is an international collaboration working on a concept for a machine to collide electrons and positrons (antielectrons) head-on at energies up to several Teraelectronvolts (TeV). This energy range is similar to the LHC’s, but using electrons and their antiparticles rather than protons, physicists will gain a different perspective on the underlying physics.
The aim is to use radiofrequency (RF) structures and a two-beam concept to produce accelerating fields as high as 100 MV per meter to reach a nominal total energy of 3 TeV, keeping the size and cost of the project within reach. An overview of the CLIC concept"in a nutshell"can be found here>>.
In a related project, the CLIC detector and physics collaboration is developing a detector to record collisions at the future high-energy Compact Linear Collider. Precision physics under challenging beam and background conditions is the key theme for the CLIC detector studies. This leads to a number of cutting-edge R&D activities within CLICdp.