Work Packages

WP1: Hadron Physics: Detectors

Coordinator: M. Contalbrigo (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Ferrara), M. Defurne (CEA), C. Carloganu (CNRS)

WP1 is dedicated to the simulation, design, development, construction, commissioning and operation of the particle and radiation detectors and the infrastructures for the experiments dedicated to the study of hadron physics at JLAB (United States). This includes Ring Imaging Cherenkov detectors for particle identification, high resolution magnetic spectrometers, electromagnetic and hadron calorimeters for energy measures and veto systems, as well as high-performance polarised targets, super-conductive bulk magnets and streaming read-out data acquisition systems for intensity frontier. WP1 is dedicated also to the R&D for the next-generation detectors for the future Electron-Ion Collider experiments.

WP2: Hadron Physics: Data Analysis

Coordinator: M. Contalbrigo (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Ferrara), D. Ireland (University of Glasgow)

WP2 is dedicated to the analysis of the data collected by the JLAB (United States) experiments developed for the study of hadron physics. This includes the search for light dark matter, including a new gauge boson (heavy or dark photon) that could be mediator of the interaction between the Standard Model and the Dark Sector using its lepton decay in the HPS experiment, and the signatures of dark matter re-scattering in the BDX experiment massive active volume after being produced by the interaction of the beam with the dump. Nucleon tomography at the femto-scale will be performed through the study of elastic and hard-exclusive reactions in electron-nucleus scattering to access the spatial distribution of partons inside stable hadrons with high-resolution spectrometers. The study of strong-force dynamics in confined objects will also be performed, including the study of the flavour dependence of the quark transverse momentum distribution, of azimuthal asymmetries with longitudinally and transversely polarised targets, of the strong-force dynamics in stable objects and during hadronisation, and the relativistic correlations between motion and angular moments (i.e. spin-orbit effects).

WP3: LFV Experiments: Detectors

Coordinators: Y. Uchida (Imperial College), A. Papa (University of Pisa), S. Palestini (Cern), C. Farnese (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Padova)

WP3 is dedicated to the development, construction, commissioning and operation of the experiments dedicated to Lepton Flavour Violation searchers. These include COMET Phase-I at J-PARC (Japan), Meg-II and Mu3e at the Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland), and the Mu2e and the Short Baseline Neutrino experiments at FNAL (United States). For the future experiments development, WP3 is also dedicated to the High Intensity Muon Beam project at Paul Scherrer Institute and the feasibility study of next generation experiments at the high intensity frontier, including COMET Phase-II, Mu2e-II, and Mu3e-II.

WP4: LFV Experiments: Data Analysis

Coordinators: M. Weber (University of Bern), A. Papa (University of Pisa), D. Gibin (University of Padova) , Y. Uchida (Imperial College)

WP4 is dedicated to the analysis of the data collected by the Lepton Flavour Violation experiments at J-PARC (Comet Phase I), Paul Scherrer Institut (MEG-II and Mu3e), Mu2e and the Short Baseline Neutrino program at Fermilab. This includes taking leading roles in the data-taking of the experiments, developing Monte Carlo simulations, calibration and data reconstruction algorithms and procedures, data handling and processing. COMET and Mu2e will search for the Charged Lepton Flavour Violating neutrino-less coherent conversion of a muon in an electron in the field of an aluminum nucleus (muon + N(A, Z) -> electron + N(A, Z)), MEG-II will search for the muon -> electron + gamma decay, Mu2e for the muon -> electron + electron + positron decay. Additionally, Mu2e will search for the even more challenging muon + N(A, Z) -> positron + N(A, Z-2) conversion, and MEG-II and Mu3e will search for exotic processes, including dark photon events. The joint analysis of the three Short Baseline Neutrino program experiments (MicroBooNE, ICARUS and SBND) will performed to search for sterile neutrino events.

WP5: Gravitational Waves: Detectors

Coordinators: S. Katsanevas (European Gravitational Observatory), M. Barsuglia (CNRS), H. Vocca (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Perugia)

WP5 is dedicated to the development of Gravitational Wave detectors. This includes three aspects: the good understanding of geophysical and atmospheric environment (at low frequencies), the quality and operation environment (e.g. cryogenic) of mirrors (at middle frequencies) and advanced quantum mechanics techniques, with implications to quantum sensing and computing (at high frequencies). Common strategies will be developed on environmental sensing, light injection, interferometer simulation/stray light control, and frequency dependent squeezing. Global/interregional computing models will be developed. New techniques, including Machine Learning techniques will be applied for online monitoring, offline signal characterisation and extraction. Leading contribution will be provided to the design and general R&D for a 3G Gravitational Wave Antenna (Einstein Telescope).

WP6: Multi-Messenger Physics

Coordinators: M. Razzano (University of Pisa), M. Martinez (IFAE), L. Roskowski (Astrocent)

WP6 is dedicated to the analysis of Gravitational Wave and Multi-Messenger data. This includes developing the network for searches of electromagnetic counterparts of Gravitational Wave events which also requires reducing the localisation latency for Gravitational Wave events. Machine Learning and Deep Learning Techniques will be applied to develop a truly global computing framework for Gravitational Wave analysis. The collaboration with LIGO (United States) will be strengthened to develop a framework for the digital preservation of Gravitational Wave data.

WP7: Dissemination and Outreach

Coordinators: V. Boschi (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Pisa), C. Vignoli (LNGS), M. Razzano (University of Pisa), C. Farnese (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Padova)

WP7 is dedicated to the dissemination of the results to the scientific community through the publication at conferences and on specialised journals. We will promote the communication between the scientific community and the general public to increase the science awareness in society. We will make an effort to educate the general public about particle physics and gravitational wave physics and related areas to demonstrate how fundamental physics contributes to solving very concrete problems and has many practical applications in medicine, homeland security, industry, computing, geology, and geophysics.

WP8: Transfer of Knowledge

Coordinators: C. Vignoli (LNGS), A. Iovene (CAEN), E. Pedreschi (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Pisa), D. Pasciuto (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Pisa)

WP8 is dedicated to the organization of training activities of personnel and to achieve maximum transfer of knowledge among participants and increase the quality of research and competitiveness of participants.

WP9: Management

Coordinator: S. Donati (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Pisa)

WP9 is dedicated to ensure the efficient, transparent and productive organization of the project to provide equal opportunities to all participants, and to supervise secondments and organize trainings. WP9 is dedicated also to monitor the activities and the achievement of deliverables, including risks management, and to promote the visibility of the project.