Artist’s impression of a possible KM3NeT detector configuration. (Courtesy: ASPERA).
By Hamish Johnston
In July 2007 Europe’s astroparticle physicists drew up a wish list of research projects that they would like to see funded.
Dubbed the “Magnificent Seven” by ASPERA — a consortium of national agencies that fund astroparticle physics research — the projects aim to answer the fundamental questions facing astroparticle physicists.
This wish list has been through the wringer of European consulation processes and earlier this week a final roadmap document was released. It’s a 61-page report and you can find the PDF here .
The document recommends that seven projects be supported by European funding agencies , and gives three projects “priority” status.
These three are the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) for detecting of cosmic high-energy gamma rays; KM3NeT, a cubic kilometre-scale neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea; and the Pierre Auger North array for the detection of charged cosmic rays.
The other recommended projects are:
*Tonne-scale detectors for dark matter search
*A tonne-scale detector for the determination of the fundamental nature and mass of neutrinos
*A Megatonne-scale detector for proton decay’s search, neutrino astrophysics & investigation of neutrino properties
*A third-generation underground gravitational antenna
The projects will be built over the next ten years and are expected to cost as much as €1.5bn in total.