9-14 September 2018
University of Ferrara
Europe/Rome timezone

Status and Perspectives of a US-based Electron-Ion Collider (EIC)

13 Sep 2018, 09:00
Teatro Nuovo - Piazza Trento e Trieste, 52

Teatro Nuovo - Piazza Trento e Trieste, 52

Plenary Sessions (for INVITED PLENARY TALKS only!) Future Facilities and Experiments Plenary


Prof. Bernd Surrow (Temple University)


Understanding the properties of nuclear matter and its emergence through the underlying partonic structure and dynamics of quarks and gluons requires a new experimental facility in hadronic physics known as the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC). A US-based facility capable of colliding high-energy polarized electron and ion beams at high luminosity has been envisaged for a long time and articulated as the highest priority for new construction following the completion of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University, most recently in the last 2015 long-range plan by the US nuclear science community. The EIC will address some of the most profound questions concerning the emergence of nuclear properties by precisely imaging gluons and quarks inside protons and nuclei such as the distribution of gluons and quarks in space and momentum, their role in building the nucleon spin and the properties of gluons in nuclei at high energies. Two facility concepts have been presented to address these conditions, at Brookhaven National Laboratory and at Jefferson Laboratory taking advantage of existing accelerator infrastructure and accelerator expertise. In addition, detector concepts have been presented to provide the necessary experimental tools. The realization of the full EIC physics program requires in addition a theory program to predict and interpret future experimental results at an EIC facility. The US Department of Energy requested following the release of the last long-range plan in 2015 the review of the science case of a future EIC program by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS). This review process started in January 2017 and concluded with the release of a report which was publicly presented on July 24, 2018 stating that ‘the committee unanimously finds that the science that can be addressed by an EIC is compelling, fundamental and timely’. The status and perspectives of a US-based ElC facility will be presented in this plenary presentation including highlights of the planned physics program, requirements, an overview of the EIC users group, a summary of the recent NAS review report and anticipated next steps.

Primary author

Prof. Bernd Surrow (Temple University)

Presentation Materials