CLEAR test facility
A new user facility for accelerator R&D, the CERN Linear Electron Accelerator for Research (CLEAR), started operation in August 2017. CLEAR evolved from the former CLIC Test Facility 3 (CTF3) used by the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC). The new facility is able to host and test a broad range of ideas in the accelerator field. (Image: CERN)

About F3ME


Finnish Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing Ecosystem (F3ME) is an umbrella organization providing a framework and continuity for efforts in developing impactful R&D collaboration between Finnish industry and academia for large scientific infrastructure projects. We run multiple third party funded programs, each contributing to creating a sustainable ecosystem, fostering the development of knowledge and international business opportunities for Finnish companies and universities. 


“Advanced Mechanics and Materials for Detectors and Accelerators” (AMMDA) is a Co-Creation project funded by Business Finland identifying technology and developing expertise in the fields of Detector Mechanics and Accelerators, pushing academia and industry forward in Finland. The R&D needs for scientific instrumentation development require work together with industry in order to develop, test and validate new materials and manufacturing methods, enabling scientific progress, company development and product/service commercialization. Our goal is to create a sustainable R&D framework fostering collaboration between CERN, Finnish industry and academia.


AMMDA develops a set of research plans co-created and supported by a motivated consortium of industry and academia. These research plans lay out future R&D projects for which Business Finland Co-Innovation project funds will be applied. These supporting funds will serve to boost the planned R&D within the companies and Finnish academia over a period of initially two years. The aim is to form a strong ecosystem to jointly develop new knowledge and innovations opening up new business opportunities for international growth. 


AMMDA project timeline 2019.
AMMDA project timeline 2019.

The Helsinki Institute of Physics is joint research institute in Finland, and responsible for the Finnish research collaboration with CERN.

Different perspectives of the Globe of Innovation
Different perspectives of the Globe of Science and Innovation (Image: CERN)

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.



Detectors for High Energy Physics face constant technological challenges on their track to meet unprecedented precision requirements at ever-growing measurement rates. For the mechanics, this translates into competing requirements on minimum space use, complex geometries, low mass, precise operating temperature, high precision and high stability. Furthermore, the increasing performance of particle accelerators/colliders impose severe constraints on the materials used, as the detectors must remain stable and reliable while going through thermal cycles and absorbing significant radiation doses.  A wide range of technologies involved include, for example, production of equipment in composite materials, joining techniques (adhesives, welding, brazing), precision machining of high-performance materials like metal-matrix composites and ceramics, surface treatments and coatings, etc.


The Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) has just finished its Project Implementation Plan. CLIC enters into a phase of industrializing their main components, such as the accelerating structures and related Radio Frequency (RF) components, and thus heavily invest in R&D in the manufacturing of these technologies. Hence, the focus of the pure R&D aspect of the project is shifting towards building up industrial collaborations and probing for manufacturing capabilities within industry. Manufacturing components for CLIC is very often at the limit (or beyond) current capabilities of industry in terms of precision and shear number of components. CLIC represents a clear need for R&D in the area of Ultra-high precision manufacturing for particle accelerator technology. This implies novel machining technologies, assembly and joining technologies as well as related material technology.


Helsinki Institute of Physics University of Helsinki Aalto University

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Project Lead
Markus Aicheler
email. markus.aicheler(at)cern.ch
tel. +41 22 76 62182

Project Management
Jukka Väinölä
email. jukka.vainola(at)helsinki.fi
tel. +358 50 5638 036

Project Management
Oskari Willman
email. oskari.willman(at)cern.ch
tel. +358 40 587 1587