LHC Accelerator Research Program

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The U.S. LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) coordinates research and development in the United States related to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.[1] Among other things, the program has contributed important instrumentation for initial LHC operation[2][3][4][5] and is leading the way for the development of superconducting magnets based on Niobium-tin, which are proposed for future LHC upgrades.[6]

LARP was first proposed in 2003 as a collaboration between the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.[7] The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory joined the program shortly thereafter.[8]

LARP is funded through the US Department of Energy. The total funding in Fiscal Year 2010 was $12.39M, distributed among the four labs involved.[9]

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