Belarus has physics research centres with a good scientific basis, and is actively participating in both ATLAS and CMS. The contribution to CMS through JINR via the construction of the absorber for the Endcap Calorimeter is particularly significant, and in 2003 the MZOR plant obtained the CMS Gold award for this work. The same factory has also produced other equipment for ATLAS and CMS, and the Research Institute for Applied Physical Problems (Minsk) has contributed to the quality control process of the CMS crystals.

Belarus has a strong community of particle physicists who could benefit in the future from the technical contribution already made. CERN has a Co-operation Agreement directly with Belarus (signed in 1994), but its contribution to LHC has been most effective in the framework of the RDMS collaboration, and this framework will probably be maintained in the coming years. Recent contacts with Belarusian physicists and with the SCST show that Belarus may be interested in participating in the LHC upgrade, through their scientific-production centres which have good potential in several technologies interesting for CERN. An addendum stating the terms of a future collaboration of Belarus to the CLIC/CTF3 study is already in preparation.

CERN contact(s): C. Schäfer

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