CAS Accelerator Physics (Ion Sources) in Slovakia

The CERN Accelerator School (CAS) and the Slovak University of Technology jointly organised a specialised course on ion sources, held at the Hotel Senec, Senec, Slovakia, from 29 May to 8 June, 2012.


Following some background lectures on accelerator physics and the fundamental processes of atomic and plasma physics, the course covered a wide range of topics related to ion sources and highlighted the latest developments in the field. Realistic case studies and topical seminars completed the programme.

The school was very successful, with 69 participants representing 25 nationalities. Feedback from the participants was extremely positive, reflecting the high standard of the lectures. The case studies were performed with great enthusiasm and produced some excellent results.

In addition to the academic programme, the participants were able to take part in a one-day excursion consisting of a guided tour of Bratislava and free time.

A welcome event was held at the Hotel Senec, with speeches given by Roger Bailey, Head of the CAS, Marta Cimbáková, representing the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Peter Ballo, a vice-dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Michal Petráš, Director-General of the Hotel Senec, and Vladivoj Řezník, representing the company Slovenské elektrárne.

The CERN Accelerator School would like to thank the following sponsors (in alphabetical order):

  · City of Senec
  · EBG MedAustron Wiener Neustadt
  · GSI Helmolzzentrum Darmstadt
  · Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic via the KEGA project (number 019STU-4/2012)
  · Nadačný fond Slovenských elektrární v Nadácii Pontis
  · ZŤS VVÚ KOŠICE, a.s.

The next specialised CAS course will be on "Superconductivity for Accelerators" and will take place in Erice, Italy, from 24 April to 4 May, 2013. Information is available on the CAS website.

by CAS School