Proton Synchrotron Division


PS/DR/Note 2002-155 (Min.)      


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 arising

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

3. Report on the last SPSC meeting

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 and PS 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 Board meeting

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 their agreement.

                                                       Susan Neboux

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