CAS Introduction to Accelerator Physics in Bulgaria

The CERN Accelerator School (CAS) and the Institute for Nuclear Research & Nuclear Energy (INRNE – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) jointly organised a course on Introduction to Accelerators, at the Grand Hotel Varna, Bulgaria, from 19 September to 1 October, 2010.

CERN Accelerator School group photo.

The course was extremely well attended with 109 participants representing 34 different nationalities, coming from countries as far away as Australia, Canada and Vietnam.

The intensive programme comprised 39 lectures, 3 seminars, 4 tutorials where the students were split into three groups, a poster session where students could present their own work, and 7 hours of guided and private study. 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. For the first time at CAS, the CERN Director-General, Rolf Heuer, visited the school and presented a seminar entitled “CERN & High Energy Physics – the Grand Picture”.

The DG visits the Varna Observatory.

In addition to the academic programme, the students had the opportunity during the traditional one-day excursion to visit the Aladja Monastery built into the local rock and enjoy a visit to the beautiful Cape Kaliakra. An evening visit was also organised to the Varna Observatory in collaboration with Ms Svejina Dimitrova, Head of the Astronomic Observatory and Planetarium, Varna.

The next CAS course will be the Joint School on Particle Accelerators (CERN-US-Japan and Russia) on the topic "Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers". The course will take place in Erice, Italy from 6 to 15 April, 2011. The next specialised course will be on "High Power Hadron Machines" and will take place in Bilbao, Spain from 24 May to 2 June, 2011. Information can be found on the CAS website.

by CERN Bulletin