Greece welcomes CERN Accelerator School

The CERN Accelerator School (CAS) and the University of the Aegean jointly organised a course on intermediate-level Accelerator Physics in Chios, Greece, from 19 to 30 September, 2011.


CAS Students pose for a group photo in Chios, Greece.

This course followed the established format of the intermediate school, with lectures in the mornings and specialised courses in the afternoons. The latter provided “hands-on” education and experience in three topics: “RF Measurement Techniques”, “Beam Instrumentation and Diagnostics” and “Optics Design and Correction”.  Participants selected one of the three courses and followed the chosen topic throughout the school. Guided studies and tutorials on core subjects, seminars and a poster session completed the programme.

An excursion included a visit to the Nea Moni monastery, a guided tour of two medieval villages, Pyrgi and Mesta, and finished with a typical Greek meal in the port of Limena Meston. A small CERN exhibition was also arranged at the Homerion Cultural Centre in Chios, which was opened by the CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer, who also attended a special dinner organised the same evening by the municipality of Chios.

The school attracted a lot of interest, and participation had to be limited, with 74 students representing 22 nationalities attending. Feedback from all participants was extremely positive, with the students praising the expertise and enthusiasm of the lecturers, and the lecturers noting the high standard and motivation of the students.

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.

by CAS School