Welcome to the winter edition of Acceleration News!
In this issue, we are happy to report on the latest progress has been made on the High-Luminosity upgrade of the LHC: In a joint article, experts from CERN and UK’s STFC report on the competition of the first pre-series cry-modules equipped with compact, superconducting “crab cavities”, an update that will be critical to fully align the proton bunches before they collide in the two largest detector experiments.
Future accelerators will also play a role in preserving our environment. In an interview, Rob Edgecock presents how particle accelerators are being used to treat wastewater and combat biohazard. The Horizon 2020 project he takes part to, I.FAST, explores ways to combine electron beam sludge treatment with biogas production and consequently generate electricity that can power the accelerator.
As a new year begins, we are happy to announce coming programmes aimed at the next generation of scientists and engineers. A call to application to the “Accelerators for healthcare” student challenge was launched at the end of the year. Students from universities across Europe and any academic background can apply until 29 February 2024. Also, both the CERN Accelerator School and the Particle Therapy Master Classes have announced new dates for their 2024 classes.
We are also happy to announce:
- 29 February 2024: Roadshow on synchrotron science and X-ray imaging in Zimbabwe.
- 28 March 2024: "Strengthening Basic Sciences: Towards Sustainable Societies", by Prof. Amal Kasry, UNESCO Chief of Section for Basic Science.
- 16-17 April 2024: Workshop on "Cryogenics in Big Science".
- 27 November 2024: 30th Birthday of the Joint Universities Accelerator School.
The editors invite to browse the new issue and learn more about all the last developments in the particle accelerator community.
Antoine Le Gall, Editor-in-Chief