Following the 7th HL-LHC Annual Meeting held in Madrid on 13-17 November 2017, the 8th HL-LHC Collaboration Meeting will be organised at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland from 15 to 18 October 2018.
This Annual Meeting will see the participation of all main HL-LHC contributors: the US HL-LHC AUP, involving five laboratories*, KEK-JP, CEA-FR, CIEMAT-ES, INFN-IT, the British Institutes**, Uppsala University-SE, TRIUMF-CA, IHEP-CN. Some parties willing to collaborate with HL-LHC with in-kind contributions will also be present: BINP-RU, Lapland UAS-FI, and many other Institutes.
The meeting will be based on the traditional format of plenary and work package parallel sessions, and aims to review technical progress, performance reach, and planning coherence, as well as the first detailed de-installation exercise (the removal of current LHC Interaction Region magnets, cryogenics and other equipment to make way for new hardware). Progress of many in-kind contributions will also be discussed. The meeting will address the recommendations of the recent 3rd C&SR, held at CERN in the spring 2018, which was followed by a project marking point: the HL-LHC Ground Breaking ceremony which took place on 15 June at two LHC sites, Points 1&5. A visit to one of these sites is planned.
Additionally, this Annual Meeting will host the 8th meeting of the HL-LHC Collaboration Board where the approved in-kind contributions will be reviewed while the last one will be signed.
Participation is by invitation only, and registration is mandatory and without fee.
Furthermore, two satellite workshops (WP3 Magnets / WP5 Collimation) are planned after the Collaboration Meeting on Friday 19 October 2018. More information will be available soon.
* BNL, FNAL, LBNL, SLAC, JLAB and ODU. ** Uni. of Manchester, Uni. of Lancaster, Uni. of Liverpool, Uni. of Royal Holloway, Uni. of Southampton, Uni. of Huddersfield, STFC-ASTeC Daresbury, Univ. of Dundee.
The construction of the 5.5-m long 11T dipole prototype was completed in May this year after several years of intense work. Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #25.
The earthmovers are at work on the ATLAS site in Meyrin and at CMS in Cessy, digging the new shafts for the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC), CERN Bulletin.
The first test of superconducting crab cavities to rotate a beam of protons was performed on 23 May using a beam from CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator. Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #25.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the launch of the civil engineering works took place on Friday 15 June 2018 with the presence of the CERN management, the French and Swiss Authorities and the CERN Council. Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #25.
The crab cavities, used to rotate the beams of protons, have been successfully tested on 23 May – a world first, CERN Bulletin.
Advanced radio-frequency crab cavities are to be tested for the first time in a proton beam, a vital step towards the high-luminosity LHC upgrade, CERN Courier, Vol.58, Number 4, May 2018.
CERN scientist, Giovanna Vandoni, has coordinated the recent installation of the cryomodule containing the first two prototype cavities in the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS), CERN Bulletin.
Early this year, the HL-LHC and the FCC teams organized for the first time an Innovation Course for young researchers in their last year of association with CERN, CERN Bulletin.
After several years of engineering and specification work, the efforts now move to the procurement of materials and components for the assembly of the TDIS prototype. Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #24.
A festive event took place in the Globe on Wednesday 7th March to celebrate the successful completion and installation of the first cryo-module of the Crab Cavity system project and the newly prepared cryogenic test facility in the SPS.
"After more than two years of restless effort, the first complete cryo-module of the Crab Cavity system has been completed and installed in the new test stand in SPS BA6. This marks a real turning point in the Crab Cavity project for High Luminosity LHC, since after so many years of computations, design and construction of cell prototypes and various components, and following the terrific effort for the assembly, first test in SM18 at 2 K and installation in SPS, we are now ready to start operating a crab cavity on a proton beam, for the first time ever". Lucio Rossi, HL-LHC Project Leader
What’s in it for innovators in Hilumi and FCC? Read more: Accelerating News, Issue #24.
The first Innovation course organized by HiLumi and FCC in collaboration with CERN Knowledge Transfer group and IdeaSquare took place on January 31 and February 1, 2018 at IdeaSquare. Twenty students and young professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship from HiLumi and FCC projects took part in the two-day course and will continue working on their ideas in the coming few weeks.
During the two days, the participants gained insight into established innovation practices, knowledge transfer opportunities and different applications of CERN technologies from presentations given by the IdeaSquare team and visiting presenters. Giovanni Anelli from KT talked about how CERN technologies have turned into applications that benefit society in sectors such as medicine, safety and environment, as well as the innovation opportunities offered by KT. Philipp Topic from Vienna University of Economics and Business presented Technological Competence Leveraging, a systematic proactive and crowdsourcing-based method to identify new application fields for technologies, whereas Marcello Losasso presented the QUACO project as a case example of a PCP, a tool to boost innovation and to attract potential industrial partners. Moreover, Laure Esteveny talked about the CERN Alumni network activities, and the IdeaSquare and KT student programs were presented.
The students were encouraged to bring their own innovation topics to the course, and those who had one, had the chance to display it in an elevator pitch on both days. Using the knowledge and tools introduced during the course, the students then worked in three groups, developing and refining their ideas. During the group sessions, some ideas were abandoned, and at the end, 10 ideas that the participants found the most interesting and for which they had developed a plan were once more presented. As it was predefined that there would be three groups in the end each with one topic to work on, a two-round vote was organized to select the three final ideas. The vote was clear and the three most popular topics easily found. Each person selected the group they wanted to be part of, and these groups will develop their ideas with expert support during the next weeks. The results will be presented in an award ceremony to an invited audience on March 21.