Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board
held on 11.02.2002
Present : B.W. Allardyce,
J. Boillot, D. Boimond (Staff Association), M. Chanel, G. Daems, J.P. Delahaye
(Chairman), B. Frammery, R. Garoby, G. Geschonke, J. Gruber, M. Lindroos, S.
Maury, K. Metzmacher, S.L. Neboux (Secretary), J.P. Potier, J.P. Riunaud, K.
Excused : S. Baird, H. Haseroth
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1. Follow-up of previous meeting and
- MAPS : Group Leaders who have not yet done so should send the
list of interviewers of each person in their group to J. Boillot. The
Administrative Meeting concerning Senior Staff promotions will be held
on 06.03.2002 in preparation for the Sector meeting of 12.03.2002. As
previously mentioned the Administrative Meeting for staff in bands A to
E will be held on 17.04.2002. J. Boillot will send Group Leaders the quota
for Senior Staff in the sector as soon as possible.
MAPS Appraisal Report : S. Neboux showed the
different ways of obtaining the MAPS appraisal report. A Word template
is available from the HR
Division web pages, PS
web pages and as a template in Word as in previous years. AS Division
has implemented a report in HRT,
at present under test, which enables supervisors to obtain a list with
the personal information for each member of their group or section. In
addition an individual MAPS form, compatible with Word, can be generated
for each member of the group/section with the personal information already
- Research Board : J.P. Delahaye gave a short report on the subjects
of interest to PS.
- INTC :
- nTOF : the background noise has been reduced by a factor of
50. The situation regarding beam for the experiments has to be
- ISOLDE : an external audit of solid state physics will be made
in April 2002. The committee will visit the ISOLDE installation
on 27.02.2002. The results of the audit will be reviewed by the
INTC in May and reported to the Research Board in June, to help
fix the evolution of ISOLDE in the future.
- SPSC : as reported by J.P. Riunaud at
PSMB of 28.01.2002. Congratulations were again extended to the
AD team for their excellent work.
- Future Programme : replies were given to physicists concerning
their criticism of cuts in the physics programmes, which they find
very dangerous for the future of physicists, CERN and High-Energy
Physics. They again stated that they prefer a reduction in time rather
than long machine stops. R. Cashmore, Director for Collider Programmes,
said that PS would not be stopped, but that the SPS would be stopped
for 1 year for economic reasons as well as for personnel requirements
(staff to be used elsewhere). This stop would preferably take place
in 2005 instead of 2004 as originally envisaged, as the SPS will be
needed for LHC detectors tests until 2004.
- CNGS : a review of CNGS will take place on 18 and 20 February
2002 by internal and external experts. M. Chanel has been asked to
act as one of the two CERN experts.
- Training Plan : J. Schinzel, DTO, has developed a tool for making
individual training plans (see PSMB
29.10.2001). T. Kehrer has entered a summary of the training history
for each member of the division, plus the training foreseen on the 2001
MOAS appraisal form. J. Boillot presented the different forms. Supervisors
are asked to complete the information during the annual interview, which
can then be entered into the web form by the group secretaries or directly
by the supervisors themselves. Staff will receive a paper copy of their
training plan. A policy concerning the updating of information will have
to be established.
- nTOF : G. Daems presented
the results obtained concerning air and concrete activation from an extrapolation
of measurements of the 2001 runs. As both levels are too high, meetings
have been held between nTOF experts, TIS-RP and PS to find solutions.
Simulations were made which confirmed the results of last year's measurements.
Shielding (14.4 metres) will be installed during the shutdown and it is
hoped to gain a factor of 10. Door 203 will be displaced and there will
be a site level surveillance when beam is sent to nTOF. It is also hoped
that the shielding will contribute to an important reduction in the background
noise as well.
Ion Source (LIS) Laser : new milestones have been fixed for the
delivery and installation of the laser ion source laser, developed in
collaboration with ITEP and TRINITI,
A decision regarding the future of LIS will then be taken. By this time,
there should be information concerning other laboratories interested in
continuing the development.
- 15.04.2002 : delivery to CERN
- 10.06.2002 : unpacking, installation, running as oscillator.
- 05.08.2002 : convert free running oscillator to amplifier - new
- 30.09.2002 : transmission of laser pulse to target
Collaboration : the study foreseen to be carried out between PS-OP
and the ST Monitoring
and Operation Group (see PSMB
5.11.2001) to improve collaboration between the TCR and MCR after
major breakdowns has now started and equipment supervisors have been asked
to supply the TCR with lists of all equipment used. Further information
will be given by S. Baird at a future PSMB meeting.
- Linear Colliders
: G. Geschonke attended the 9th International Workshop on Linear Colliders
which was held at from 4 to 8 February. He will give a summary of the
workshop at a future PSMB meeting.
2. Follow-up of the PS complex shutdown work
- MNP23 Magnet : this magnet will hopefully be repaired before
the tunnel has to be closed at the end of the shutdown.
3. Policy for GSM
M. Lindroos gave a presentation
to explain the situation of GSM phones at CERN, the various options and
proposals for adapting to the restriction measures to be imposed as from
01.03.2002. Group Leaders should identify staff in their groups who need
to be reachable in France and send a list to S. Neboux, if not already done
so. Group Leaders will be informed about members of their group who possess
a GSM and those who have signed for a "Master Private" option
(monthly subscription paid by CERN, calls paid by the member of personnel).
Action : S. Neboux
4. Discussion on the Accelerator Sector Restructuring
J.P. Delahaye gave a summary of the events leading to the study of a possible
restructuring of the Accelerator Sector and the different scenarios that
are being considered. A meeting will be held on 19.02.2002 with all the
working groups that have participated in this study. The chairman of the
Task Force 5, S. Myers, will then report to the Director-General at a meeting
on 20.02.2002. The recommendations of the Director-General will be presented
to the Council in March 2002. These recommendations will then be studied
by the External Review Committee and conclusions presented to Council in
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