CERN Accelerating science

EuCARD-2 3rd Annual Meeting highlights
by Jennifer Toes (CERN)

EuCARD-2 Project Coordinator, Maurizio Vretenar, opens the 3rd Annual Meeting at University of Malta, April 2016 (Credit: CERN)

In the last week of April 2016 international collaborators of the EuCARD-2 project gathered in Malta to share their news and results from the past year.

The project’s 3rd Annual Meeting was hosted by the University of Malta, one of the project participants, and was attended by over 80 participants from 13 different European countries, the United States and Japan. The opening address to the meeting was given by the Foreign Minister of Malta  and the French ambassador joined project participants at the evening dinner reception.

The meeting consisted of a series of plenary presentations from each Work Package (WP) to disseminate their work to other WPs, of invited presentations on recent important developments in accelerator R&D and dedicated sessions for members of each WP to meet and discuss results most relevant to their work.

The Networking activities (WPs 2-7 focused on catalysing innovation, energy efficiency, accelerator applications, extreme beams, low emittance rings, and novel accelerators) provided updates on their work from the past year, including the results of workshops and meetings set up by individual WPs.

Extreme Beams analysed the future operation of the LHC and effects relevant for future high-intensity storage rings, colliders, boson factories and lepton-hadron colliders. Low emittance rings identified and analysed techniques for increasing the brilliance of synchrotron light sources. Novel accelerators presented the strategy for the design and construction of a first pilot plasma accelerator laboratory in Europe. Energy efficiency presented a new generation of high-efficiency Radio-Frequency devices. Finally, Accelerator Applications presented the results of investigating applications of accelerator technology which may have practical use in society (such as waste water treatment, radioisotope production with compact accelerators, and novel techniques and delivery systems for cancer therapy).


All participants in the EuCARD-2 Annual Meeting at University of Malta

The three Transnational Access (TA) activities (WPs 8 and 9, ICTF at STFC and the HiRadMad and MagNet facilities at CERN) presented updates on the status of the uptake of the access units offered and the most recent developments made at the facilities. All facilities have proved popular and are already approaching the total number of access units offered within the proposal.

Finally, the four Joint Research activities (WPs 10-13, focused on future magnets, collimator materials for high density energy deposition, innovative radio frequency technologies and novel accelerator techniques) demonstrated their substantial progress in the development of advanced accelerator technologies over the past year.

These results included progress towards the first prototype magnet based on High-Temperature Superconductor (HTS) technology, and the production and testing of HTS tapes and cables. In addition, new material grades which may improve performance against irradiation and high-energy deposition for the LHC upgrade were identified and validated. New thin film superconducting coatings were developed and tested. Important achievements were registered in the experimental validation of Novel Acceleration Techniques.

As well as the spectrum of research news and results presented during both plenary and parallel sessions, during the meeting two outreach talks were given to the public by Maurizio Vretenar, Frank Zimmermann and Ralph Assmann. Both events were well attended. In addition, the Maltese television station ‘TV Malta’ invited the Project Coordinator and attendees from the University of Malta to be interviewed for their breakfast broadcast.