Issue 35


January 2021

Welcome to issue #35 of Accelerating News, and happy New Year!

The first issue of the year kicks-off with an update of the activities taking place for Run 3 of the LHC and the upgrades for its operation at high-luminosity; reports on the events of the last quarter of 2020; highlights two Horizon 2020 projects; and signs-off with a review of a material characterisation study of superconducting wires.

On the LHC activities, this issue brings an updated schedule of the Long-Shutdown 2, preceding Run 3; and, with the accelerators starting up again, an overview of impact of past year in the foreseen activities. It also highlights upgrades and repairs of the HIE-ISOLDE linear accelerator and the cool upgrades at LHC Point 4, the ALICE experiment. An outlook into the future machines is brought by the announcements of the EC-funded Horizon 2020 projects FCC Innovation Study (FCCIS) and I.FAST for Innovation Fostering in Accelerator Science and Technology.

A report from the online masterclass facilitated by the MSC group at CERN for most of 2020; an overview of VHEE2020, an international workshop focused on the production of very-high energy electron beams for radiotherapy; and of the first-ever HSE-KT Innovation Day bring this issue to a close.

The editors invite to browse the new issue and learn more about all the amazing developments in the particle accelerator community. Happy reading!

Daniela Antonio, Editor-in-Chief

Superconducting magnets masterclass: an opportunity born from adverse times

Against the challenges of the first wave of the pandemic, from May to October 2020, CERN's MSC group organised a masterclass on the design of superconducting magnets for particle colliders.

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26 January, 2021

A report on the first HSE-KT Innovation Day

On 16 December 2020, the Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection (HSE) Unit, in collaboration with the CERN Knowledge Transfer group, held the first HSE-KT Innovation Day.

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26 January, 2021

VHEE2020 workshop attracts over 400 researchers

The production of very-high energy electron beams for radiotherapy was the subject of the VHEE2020, an international workshop that took place 5-7 October 2020, organised by CERN.

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25 January, 2021

Measuring performance indicators for superconducting wires

An overview of the results from a recent study of two different types of Nb3Sn wires by HyperTech Inc. (US) and Bochvar Institute (RU) at the University of Technology and Atominstitut in Vienna.

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19 January, 2021

LS2 Report: Review of a rather unusual year

COVID-19 has undoubtedly had an impact on the activities and schedule of LS2. Nevertheless, the accelerators are now starting up again

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14 December, 2020

New schedule for CERN’s accelerators and experiments

The schedule for the current long shutdown (LS2) has had to be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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27 November, 2020

First beam inside the upgraded HIE-ISOLDE facility

Upgrades and repairs of the HIE-ISOLDE linear accelerator will enable experiments to delve deeper than ever into the physics of radioactive isotopes

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10 November, 2020

Increased cryogenic power at LHC Point 4

At LHC Point 4, a refrigerator that cools helium from room temperature to 4.5 K (-268.65 °C) has undergone major improvements in preparation for the HL-LHC

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14 October, 2020

Previous Issues

The first issue of 2021 kicks-off with LHC updates for Run 3 and HiLumi; reports on the events of late 2020, and highlights two H2020 projects…
Issue #34 brings news from the third LHC run and the ongoing upgrades, highlights future colliders’ studies and reports on recent events...
Issue #33 brings you news from the physics world, HL-LHC upgrades during LS2, studies for future collider machines, and other achievements…