AMICI glossary

Research Infrastructure - A Research Infrastructure is a facility aimed at conducting top-level research activities in a given scientific field. AMICI deals with Research Infrastructures built from accelerators or superconducting magnets.


  • the LHC at CERN in the field of particle physics,
  • the Eu-XFEL in Hamburg (Germany), in the fields of light source sciences,
  • SPIRAL2 in GANIL, Caen (France), in the field of nuclear physics,
  • the ESS, under construction in Lund (Sweden), in the field of neutron source sciences.

Technology Infrastructure - A Technology Infrastructure is a network of Technological Facilities that are used for the construction of Research Infrastructures.

Example: the European accelerator and magnet Technology Infrastructure of the AMICI partners (including industry partners in the future) as shown in the figure below.

Technological Facility - A Technological Facility is a cluster of Technical Platforms that belong to an institute or a company, at well-defined geographical locations.


  • the Technological Facility at CERN, including SM18, etc.,
  • the Technological Facility at DESY, including AMTF, etc.,
  • the Technological Facility at CEA – Saclay (called “Synergium”),
  • the Technological Facility at INFN – Frascati.

Technical Platform - A Technical Platform is an installation which can be used to develop, fabricate, test and / or measure technological components of accelerators.

Examples: clean room, module assembly hall, magnet winding workshop, test cryostat, coupler RF test station.

Technology Infrastructure
Technology Infrastructure

Technology Infrastructure tree structure and terminology