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 Proton Synchrotron Division

 

PS/DR/Note 2002-094 (Min.)      

 

Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board

held on 03.06.2002

 

Present : B.W. Allardyce, S. Baird, J. Boillot, G. Daems, B. Frammery, R. Garoby, G. Geschonke, J. Gruber, M. Lindroos, S.L. Neboux (Secretary), J.P. Potier, J.P. Riunaud, K. Schindl (Chairman)

Excused : A. Blas (Staff Association), M. Chanel, J.P. Delahaye, H. Haseroth, S. Maury, K.D. Metzmacher,

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1. Follow-up of previous meeting and matters arising

2. Follow-up of schedule meeting and PS complex operation

3. Report from the SPSC

J.P. Riunaud presented a summary of the SPSC of 21.05.2002, which was also attended by J. Feltesse, Chairman of the SPC. A report was given on the 158th meeting of the Research Board and the SPSC considered that a stop of the PS in 2005 was detrimental to AD experiments. Status reports on the PS, SPS, experiments and schedules were given. Concerning the PS, HARP has now started physics data taking with promising results; they have to stop by end 2002. DIRAC does not get the expected statistics if staying with a primary beam of 20 GeV/c and, therefore, asks for an extension into 2003. ASACUSA, one of the AD experiments, stated that a stop in 2005 would disintegrate the collaboration.

4. Status of the PS budget and new PPA codes

B. Allardyce presented the status of the PS budget. The funds frozen at the beginning of the year have now been returned to the division. However, no budget has yet been made available for PIL/LEIR. Everything should be ready to launch the electron cooling design study and calls for tender as soon as funds are allocated.

Comparisons of total payments, commitments and project commitments as compared to the years 1996 to 2001 were given. Spending is under control for the moment!

B. Allardyce also explained the new PPA codes which will replace the present ones as from January 2003. The modified CERN-wide codes lack granularity for PS purposes, therefore, one proposes to introduce sub-PPAs in case of need. It was once more stressed that when allocating PPA codes to staff members, the limitation to three codes and a minimum of 15% are detrimental to portraying a correct picture of the workload.

                                                       Susan Neboux

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