About the IDS-NF
The principal objective of the International Design Study for the Neutrino Factory (the IDS-NF) is to deliver a design report in which:
- The physics performance of the Neutrino Factory is detailed and the specification of each of the accelerator, diagnostic, and detector systems that make up the facility is defined;
- The schedule for the implementation of the Neutrino Factory facility is presented;
- The cost of the Neutrino Factory accelerator, the diagnostics, and the detector systems are presented at a level of accuracy appropriate for the report to inform a decision to initiate the Neutrino Factory project; and
- The outstanding technical and financial uncertainties are documented and an appropriate uncertainty-mitigation plan is presented.
This report, the Reference Design Report (RDR), is required in 2012/13. As a step on the way, an Interim Design Report (IDR) is required in 2010/11.
The IDS is building on the success of the International Scoping Study of a future Neutrino Factory and super-beam facility (ISS), which took place between June 2005 and August 2006. The baseline scenario defined by the ISS looks like: