Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board
held on 11.03.2002
Present : B.W. Allardyce,
S. Baird, J. Boillot, D. Boimond (Staff Association), M. Chanel, G. Daems, J.P.
Delahaye (Chairman, points 2 to 4), B. Frammery, R. Garoby, G. Geschonke, J.
Gruber, M. Lindroos, S. Maury, K. Metzmacher, S.L. Neboux (Secretary), U. Raich,
J.P. Riunaud, K. Schindl (Chairman, point 1)
Invited : M.E. Angoletta, J.L. Gonzalez,
E. Peschardt, F. Perriollat, J. Serrano
Excused : H. Haseroth, J.P. Potier
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The first part of the meeting
was chaired by K. Schindl in the absence of J.P. Delahaye at a special Research
Board. J.P. Delahaye returned to chair the second part of the meeting.
It was decided at a PS Technical Meeting in October 2001 to establish a
working group on DSP technology and digital processing of signals to advise
the PS Division Management on the best way to proceed in this domain. The
working group is composed of M.E. Angoletta (spokesperson and co-ordinator),
J.L. Gonzales, E. Peschardt and J. Serrano. M.E. Angoletta presented a summary
of the findings and recommendations of this working group.
A preliminary report has also been prepared and will be distributed to
members of the PSMB for a debate of consequences at a future meeting and
endorsement of the recommendations. On behalf of the division, K. Schindl
thanked the working group for their excellent work.
2. Follow-up of previous meeting and
- GSM : a question concerning the legality of use of CERN GSMs
with a private option in France was addressed to M. Lindroos following
his presentation at the PSMB
of 11.02.2002. The matter has been passed on the the Relations
with the Host States Service. Also on the subject of GSMs S. Neboux
reminded Group Leaders that GSM phones should not be rented or bought
on Group budget codes, as there is a central code for such expenditure,
controlled by the DPO. If a phone is required for a short period, people
should check first with M.N. Alliod if a reserve is available, instead
of a rental.
- Computer security : following the security defect discussed at
last week's PSMB, a meeting will take place
this afternoon to discuss and clarify certain points with members of the
CO and OP groups.
- Industrial Services : J. Boillot presented organigrams of the
PS Industrial Services teams for 2002 where the number of teams has been
reduced from six to four (two SERCO
and two FABRICOM).
To facilitate administrative and budget matters, all industrial services
personnel were transferred to PS/DR Group as from 1.3.2002. B. Allardyce
reminded Group Leaders that the transitory budget code 70104 will be used
for all OSVC and the work done will be billed to the groups.
- Working Group for Industrial Service Contracts : F. Perriollat
has been appointed as a member of the CERN working group that has been
set up for the retendering of certain IS contracts which will come to
an end in September 2003 (S072 and S073).
- EPAC prizes : J.P.Delahaye announced the forthcoming award of
to members of CERN at the next EPAC
and conveyed the congratulations of the PSMB. F. Zimmermann, SL, will
receive a prize for having made a recent, significant, original contribution
to accelerator physics and K. Hübner for his outstanding work in
the accelerator field.
: a prototype of the first
linac booster (LIBO) module, an injector for a medical proton cyclotron
for the treatment of deep-seated tumours, was designed, constructed and
RF tested by a collaboration of CERN (PS/RF), University and INFN of Milan,
University and INFN of Naples and the TERA Foundation. Successful tests
have now been carried out at the LNS
in Catania, Italy and beam accelerated to 10 MeV which corresponds to
what was foreseen.
- Japanese Collaboration : M. Paoluzzi and R. Garoby visited the
RF team of Professor Yoshiharu Mori at KEK
from March 4 till 7. This team has built-up a unique experience in the
design of low frequency cavities using Magnetic Alloy cores instead of
ferrites. Such cavities are low Q resonators with a large instantaneous
bandwidth. They are very compact, don't need any tuning and can be driven
to high field without trouble (contrary to ferrites which are strongly
non-linear and lose their magnetic properties at modest temperature).
The Japanese are at present building the RF systems for their Joint KEK-JAERI
Project (JKJ) with this technology.
The requirements of each LEIR RF cavity (4kV over 0.7-3.5 MHz) being similar
to the characteristics of the HIMAC
RF system that KEK built a few years ago, the idea is to use this
design to save on development and get experience on that technology. During
this visit it was possible to see and make measurements on the HIMAC hardware.
During discussions on the collaboration, the Japanese showed a lot of
interest and were very open-minded when searching for pratical terms.
The final agreement is well-balanced and provides each laboratory with
the necessary equipment at a competitive cost. The details
will soon be submitted for approval to both managements.
- PIL/LEIR Design Report : the last draft version will be sent
out today or tomorrow to the PSMB for comments before the end of March
2002, when the report will then be published as a divisional report, after
approval by the Editorial Board. Care should be given to figures, schedules
etc. as once finalized it means that we accept to carry out this project
in the time and with the budget stated. However, the funds for LEIR/PIL/LIS
have still not been deblocked by the Accelerator Sector and so it will
not be possible to start the project on time if the funds are not made
3. Follow-up of the PS
complex shutdown work
- Linac water leak : R. Garoby reported leaks on RF equipment
at the beginning of last week due to a very high water pressure of 10
bar instead of 6 bar. Checks will have to be carried out as it feared
that some equipment may have been weakened.
- ISOLDE target test : a proposal has been received from PS/PP
to carry out a test on the ISOLDE target before the start-up. The proposal
will be sent to the PSMB for a decision at next week's meeting.
- Instrumentation tests : SL/BI Group have asked for a test of
LHC beam loss monitors near the beam dump of the PSB during machine start-up.
4. Special Research Board
J.P. Delahaye reported on the special Research Board that he attended during
the first part of this morning, where the Director-General presented a proposal
concerning scientific activities at CERN and preliminary orientations for
a new long-term plan 2003 to 2010, which will be submitted for discussion
to the SPSC
on 18-19.03.2002, the Finance
Committee on 20.03.2002 and the Council
According to this proposal, the PS physics programme will not change except
for a 30% reduction in time. The SPS will, however, be stopped for one year
in 2005. It is also proposed to postpone the start-up of LHC by one year.To
absorb the cost increase of LHC two scenarios are being considered: i) a
prolongation of contributions in 2009 and 2010, but not an increase in the
annual contributions; ii) a 3.5% increase of Member State contributions
as from 2003 in order to devote 1% to R&D and 2.5% to reduce the period
for reimbursing the LHC debt and thus saving on the cost of the loans.
J.P. Delahaye expressed his concern about the present R&D cuts which
mean that CERN will be in great danger of not being able to present a new
facility after LHC. In addition funds are badly needed for consolidation
of the present machines if these are to be reliable for users in the LHC
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