Proton Synchrotron Division


PS/DR/Note 2002-037 (Min.)      


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

: 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.

1. Recommendations from the Working Group on Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

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 matters arising

3. Follow-up of the PS complex shutdown work

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 on 21.03.2002.

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 era.


                                                       Susan Neboux

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