Welcome to SuperB
We are an international enterprise aiming at the construction of a very high luminosity asymmetric e+e- flavour factory.
The physics studies possible at such a machine will provide a uniquely important source of information about the details
of the new physics uncovered at hadron colliders in the coming decade. A heavy flavour factory such as SuperB will
be a partner, together with the LHC and eventually the ILC, in ascertaining exactly what kind of new physics has been found.
The Ministry for Education, University and Research has decided to select the SuperB project conducted by the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) as one of its "flagship projects" in Italy over the next few years and has delivered an initial funding for 2010 as a part of a multiannual funding program. Reconstructing the history of the Universe by researching the most infrequent events using high-precision technology. This is the INFN idea underlying the construction of SuperB, the particle accelerator based in Italy and with international involvement, which the Ministry for Education, University and Research has decided to sponsor and finance. A large interest has been expressed in many countries, meanwhile physicists from the United States, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Norway, Spain, Poland are taking part to the design effort. The purpose of the project is to conduct top-level basic research, developing innovative techniques with an important impact in terms of technology and other research areas. In the words of the ministerial decree, "the project involves entities and Universities, as well as companies in various business sectors. It is expected to have a number of effects on relevant issues for the country, especially as regards the expansion of basic scientific perspectives and specific applications concerning particle detection, advanced simulation techniques, nanometre metrology, and others." Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is cooperating to the project with INFN. It will be in fact possible the use of the accelerator as a high brilliancy light source. The machine will be equipped with several photon channels, allowing the extension of scientific program to physics of matter and biotechnology.
The most elementary components of matter, quarks and leptons, have been found, as the result of 100 years of research, to be organized into three replicating "families". The reason for this specific number or organization remains a full mystery. Flavor physics, the detailed understanding of the relationship between these families and the comparison between properties of matter and antimatter, is one of the most promising ways to explore new physics, quite complementary to the energy frontier research most notably pursued at the CERN LHC collider. Different kinds of new physics have different effects on rare decays of bottom and charmed quarks and of heavy tau leptons. These particles are all produced at SuperB in unparalleled abundance, making possible for the first time measurements of the precision required to be sensitive to the details of new physics uncovered at CERN. SuperB, which promises to be the flagship experiment in flavor physics, has been proposed by INFN to the Italian government for construction as an international project in the vicinity of the National Laboratory of Frascati, where colliding beam studies began in the '60's. The European Strategy Session of the CERN Council has taken note of SuperB as a regional initiative within the European roadmap.
A new window on the early universe is about to open outside Rome, Italy. By colliding matter and anti-matter particles, with an intensity one hundred times bigger than those ever reached before on earth, new insight can be obtain?ed on key questions of modern physics; how our Universe originated from the Big Bang and happened to become the one we know today, the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter. Electron-positron collisions in the SuperB acceleratorThis very high collision intensity is made possible by the use of extraordinarily tiny beams of particles, called nano-beams, whose efficient production technique has been recently proposed by Italian researchers and tested at the INFN Laboratories in Frascati and elsewhere.
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