Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board
held on 16.09.2002
Present : S. Baird, J. Boillot,
H. Braun, G. Daems, J.P. Delahaye (Chairman), B. Frammery, R. Garoby, J. Gruber,
J. Lettry, M. Lindroos, S. Maury, E. Métral (Staff Association), K.D.
Metzmacher, S.L. Neboux (Secretary), J.P. Potier, J.P. Riunaud
Excused : M. Chanel, G. Geschonke,
H. Haseroth, K. Schindl
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1. Follow-up of previous meeting and matters
9.9.2002 : subjects discussed included :
- Staff Plan : Group and Project Leaders were thanked for their
enormous effort to define the staff plan for their groups and projects.
The divisional staff plan must be ready for presentation to the Director-General
on 1.10.2002 for discussion at the "Morges" meeting of the
CERN Management 27-28.10.2002, in preparation for the CERN Staff Plan
to be presented to Council in December. T. Kehrer has made summaries
of this information at divisional level and the Staff Plan Sub-Committee
(J. Boillot, E. Chiaveri, J.P. Delahaye) will start their analysis
this week. They will contact Group and Project Leaders this week to
discuss the figures and to make adjustments when necessary.
- Retendering of contracts S072, S073 : information from the
division for the retendering of these industrial services contracts
has to be given by October. As this information is directly linked
with the present reflection on the CERN staff plan, LRS contracts,
etc. it was decided that members of the retendering working group
will present a summary at the ABMB of 23.9.2002.
- Organization of A&B
Division : discussions took place on committees, staff matters,
LHC magnetic measurements and the common control room.
- "Chamonix/Evian 2003" : members of the ABMB thought
it would be extremely beneficial to organize an event similar to the
meetings and the PS
Days during the first part of 2003, following the merging of PS
and SL Divisions. A suitable time and place has to be found, but in
particular decisions on the main aims and participation must be made.
The aim of the PS Days was to give information on divisional work
and projects over a period of three days to as many people as possible,
even though unfortunately for organizational reasons, this had to
be limited to Category 2 and supervisors. The SL Chamonix meetings
are devoted more to the advancement of specific technologies. Chairmen
are nominated and are responsible for organizing the session and defining
the list of people who would be useful for that session, independent
of the category. The Chamonix meetings lasted one week, but most people
do not stay the full week, but participate only in certain sessions.
- TERA Collaboration : BDI and BT Group Leaders confirmed that
it would only be possible to accept this collaboration if both manpower
and financial resources are provided by TERA. A memo signed by the
Director of Accelerators will be addressed to the Collaboration, defining
- PSMB : as a special ABMB meeting will be held on Monday, 30.9.2002
to discuss final points of the A&B Staff Plan before the Director-General's
visit on 1.10.2002, the next PSMB will take place in three weeks' time
instead of two, on 7.10.2002.
- CERN Meetings : the Scientific Policy Committee, Finance Committee
and Committee to Council meetings are being held this week. Discussions
will take place at all three meetings of the
action plan and timetable for the implementation of the external review
committee's recommendations. This extremely important document describes
the long and medium-term planning, focusing of work on the LHC, restructuring
of the Accelerator Sector, LHC Machine and Experimental Areas and the
LHC Detector Construction, non-LHC programme and human resources and financial
issues, as well as the tools, control and reporting. Copies have been
sent to members of the PSMB. J.P. Delahaye showed a table appearing in
this report of the LHC machine budget-to-completion breakdown into work
packages. This list was established at very short notice last year and
no longer reflects the current situation. Everyone agreed that it would
be misleading to present this to Council and that the staff plan analysis
being carried out at present must be completed and the Director-General
and Directors informed about the discrepancies.
- Industrial Services Co-ordinator (ISC) : F. Perriollat, PS, has
been appointed Industrial Services Co-ordinator for the Accelerator Sector.
Administratively he will belong to A&B Division, but will share his
time between A&B and AT Divisions in order to ensure a global vision
and unique policy regarding industrial services in the whole sector.
Ion Source (LIS) : a mini-workshop on the Laser Ion Source will
be held on 7 to 8 November 2002. The division has agreed to this workshop
on condition that no financial contribution from CERN is required and
that discussions take place on finding ways to continue R&D on LIS
elsewhere. S. Maury has already investigated other possibilities but without
success. It is hoped that other ideas will be proposed during the workshop.
J. Lettry reported that the laser had worked for one hour at 1 Hz and
given good results (70-90 Joule, 30 ns). A decision on the next phase
will be taken by the PSMB after the workshop in November.
- EPAC 2004 : the next EPAC
will take place in Lucerne from 5 to 9 July 2004. J.P. Delahaye is a member
of the Organizing Committee and will attend a first meeting in Oxford
in November. People who attended EPAC'2002 are invited to send him any
constructive criticism they may have and ideas on improvements that could
to restricted areas : G. Daems gave a reminder about the restricted
access areas that have now been created to replace the old "P"
(PS) access (specific access rights for AD, ISOLDE, MCR, East Hall, etc.).
The present system will continue to operate until the end of November
and the new structure put in place for the start-up. Basic safety courses
will be arranged during the shutdown in the PS Auditorium, but people
going into the LHC and SPS tunnels are also obliged to attend an additional
course given by the firemen (see
safety training for details). This access is linked to the CERN (Access)
Card and G. Daems took this opportunity to give a reminder about the period
of validity of CERN cards not bearing an expiry date. The validity has
been extended until 31 December 2002, but holders of these cards should
go as from now to the Registration
Service (Bldg 55)
to have them renewed (see Bulletin
- Linac2 : owing to RF saturation on Tank 2, intensity on the high
intensity beams began to fluctuate on Sunday. Beam will be stopped from
13.30 to 16.30 on Tuesday, 17.9.2002 to change an RF tube.
ISOLDE robots : M. Lindroos reported that faults on the renovated
ISOLDE robots have been found and corrected. Many thanks to TIS for
excellent support during this work.
PSB : a last minute request was received from ISOLDE last week
for 1 GeV protons on the HRS target. Future requests must be
announced well in advance so that they can be carried out allowing dedicated
time for the beam setting-up.
AD : the first week of AD operation with piquet and MCR surveillance
rather than full time operators went well.
- PIL/LEIR : K. Metzmacher enquired about the PIL/LEIR financial
means and what priorities had to be given. Whilst awaiting deblocking
of funds by the Director of Accelerators, the division has advanced a
budget of CHF 850,000 to finance as much as possible for the PIL/LEIR
projects before the end of the year. Physicists insist on ions for 2008
and this project has first priority in the division after operation. A
meeting will be organized by S. Maury as soon as possible.
3. Report on the last SPSC
J.P. Riunaud gave a summary
of the 59th SPSC meeting held on 3.9.2002, which included status reports
on SPS, PS and PS, SPS experiments, followed by status reports on experiments.
Of particular importance to PS was the request from OPERA
for higher beam intensity, which was supported by the SPSC. This would be
feasible, but the implications and cost will have to be studied carefully
and discussed at a future meeting. The modified SPS
2002 schedules were presented and also the draft
2003 schedule (East Hall start-up 5.5.2003 with 171 days of operation,
SPS 19.5.2002 with 105 days for physics and 7 days of 25 ns operation).
A request was made to use the AD DEM line to study biological effects of
p-annihilation for a few hours/year before end 2004 and this was also favoured
by the SPSC. PS will evaluate the cost to equip the AD and report to the
November SPSC meeting
4. Report on the last Research
J.P. Delahaye gave a summary of the Research Board which took place on
12.9.2002. Status reports on LHC were presented and problems related to
the production of LHC magnets and cables were reviewed. Following the recommendations
of the SPSC, the Research Board confirmed that HARP
studies have to be finished before the end of the year and supported the
request for an increase of intensity for OPERA.
DIRAC complained about the
loss due to breakdowns and a request for extra time has to be sent to the
SPSC who should give its recommendation to the next Research Board. The
proposed 2003 schedule was accepted with only one question concerning the
1 week SPS magnets test at the end of the 2003 run where it was asked if
a whole week was necessary and if it could be reduced to allow an extension
of the indium ion run.
5. Draft on the position document on the future REX-ISOLDE
M. Lindroos spoke about the current status of REX-ISOLDE
which has obtained first results. He then presented a summary
of the position document regarding REX-ISOLDE becoming a CERN facility.
This document will be discussed in the closed meeting of the ISOLDE collaboration
on 24.9.2002 and presented to the CERN Management in November and possibly
submitted to the council in December. Comments were made by the PSMB regarding
the posts and the situation at the end of the six-year period when CERN
would have to take over full responsibility for the facility. M. Lindroos
will distribute the last version of the position document to the PSMB for
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