CAS Accelerator Physics (High-Power Hadron Machines) in Spain

The CERN Accelerator School (CAS) and ESS-Bilbao jointly organised a specialised course on High-Power Hadron Machines, held at the Hotel Barceló Nervión in Bilbao, Spain, from 24 May to 2 June, 2011.


CERN Accelerator School students.

After recapitulation lectures on the essentials of accelerator physics and review lectures on the different types of accelerators, the programme focussed on the challenges of designing and operating high-power facilities. The particular problems for RF systems, beam instrumentation, vacuum, cryogenics, collimators and beam dumps were examined. Activation of equipment, radioprotection and remote handling issues were also addressed.
The school was very successful, with 69 participants of 22 nationalities. Feedback from the participants was extremely positive, praising the expertise and enthusiasm of the lecturers, as well as the high standard and excellent quality of their lectures.

In addition to the academic programme, the participants were able to take part in a one-day excursion consisting of a boat trip and visit to the Bizkaia Hold Bridge, with time to visit the famous Guggenheim Museum in the afternoon. A welcome drink, held at the new Parainfo building in Bilbao, was attended by the Basque Minister of Education, Isabel Celáa. A Special Dinner was attended by Dr Steve Myers, CERN's Director for Accelerators and Technology, and Pedro Luis Arias, the Basque Vice Minister of Education.

The next specialised CAS course will be on "Ion Sources" and will take place in Senec, Slovakia, from 29 May to 8 June, 2012. Information will shortly be available on the CAS website.

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