The European Commission has recently approved the CREMLINplus project (Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-scale research INfrastructures). In the frameworks of Horizon 2020, 25 ME have been allocated for 35 European and Russian institutions and organizations to participate in development of the 5 Russian major mega-science projects:
1. Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility NICA in Dubna, Moscow Region
2. Scientific and research reactor complex PIK in Gatchina near St.Pietroburgo
3. 4th Generation diffraction limited synchrotron radiation source USSR (Ultimate Source of Synchrotron Radiation) in Protvino, Moscow region
4. Super Charm-Tau Factory SCT in Novosibirsk
5. Exawatt Center for Extreme Light Studies XCELS in Nizhnii Novgorod
This objective refers to the technical preparation of the mega-science projects for European and international utilization.
In addition, CREMLINplus will prepare a defined set of existing Russian research infrastructures, hosted at eleven Russian laboratories, for not only Russian, but also European and international access and utilization. For this purpose, suitable framework conditions for opening and accessing these Russian facilities will be developed and implemented.
LNF is leading the INFN participation to the project, together with 3 other sections (Bari, Ferrara and Lecce). INFN will contribute in the design studies for the two Russian mega-science projects: the Super Charm-Tau factory at Novosibirsk, the high luminosity electron-positron collider based on the crab waist concept proposed and successfully tested at DAFNE, and USSR, the low beam emittance synchrotron radiation source of the 4th generation to be built in Protvino (Moscow Region). The overall budget assigned to INFN amounts to 1.1 ME
In particular, LNF will perform studies of the beam dynamics of intensive and high brightness beams in both the USSR storage ring and the full-energy (6 GeV) linear accelerator, while for the Super Charm-Tau project, LNF is engaged in developing the inner tracking detector prototypes. Two modules for the inner tracker – a compact TPC with MPGD readout and a cylindrical µ-RWELL (C-RWELL) chamber – are going to be developed and tested in close collaboration between INFN groups and BINP (Novosibirsk).