Apr 8 – 12, 2024
Maison MINATEC, Grenoble, FRANCE
Europe/Paris timezone

Physics Potential, Accelerator Options, and Experimental Challenges of a TeV-Scale Muon-Ion Collider

Apr 9, 2024, 11:30 AM
Maison MINATEC, Grenoble, FRANCE

Maison MINATEC, Grenoble, FRANCE

3 Parv. Louis Néel, 38054 Grenoble
Regular parallel talk WG6: Future Experiments WG6


Wei LI (Rice University)


A TeV muon-ion collider could be established if a high energy muon beam that is appropriately cooled and accelerated to the TeV scale is brought into collision with a high energy hadron beam at facilities such as Brookhaven National Lab, Fermilab, or CERN. Such a collider opens up a new regime for deep inelastic scattering studies at unprecedented small Bjorken-$x$ and high $Q^{2}$, as well as facilitating precision QCD and electroweak measurements and searches for beyond Standard Model physics. We revisit the potential physics program of a muon-ion collider and summarize some accelerator design options. New studies on unique key physics observables in $\mu$-p and $\mu$-nucleus will be presented. The associated experimental challenges from beam-induced backgrounds on physics signals are also explored. Initial studies of a forward muon spectrometer design applicable for a muon-ion or muon-muon collider experiment will be presented.

Primary authors

Prof. Darin Acosta (Rice University) Wei LI (Rice University)

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