CERN Accelerating science

European Organization for Nuclear Research

KT funded projects

Projects 2015:

Fostering Global Collaboration through INDICO

Submitted by: T. Baron & P. Ferreira
Information Technology Department

Indico, the primary tool for event management at CERN, has entered into a phase of broadened dissemination among scientific communities across the world. Using the funds granted by the KT Fund in 2012, the software has been improved for customization and easy of deployment, resulting in 150+ institutions worldwide using Indico today. The present project, submitted for the 2015 KT Fund Selection, aims at (1) adapting Indico so that an Indico server can be partitioned into different communities having their own configuration, (2) enabling the monitoring by the community managers, (3) studying different solutions for user authentication and (4) studying and implementing a community-focussed search. The result will be that multiple independent Indico instances tailored to the requirements of different communities can coexist on a single server.

Celesta - A CubeSat Demonstrator for RadMon and CHARM applications

Submitted by: M. Brugger
Engineering Department

A Cubesat is a miniaturized satellite that typically uses commercial off the shelf components for its electronics. They are being increasingly attractive for small budget space science missions, especially in the context of universities, although commercial applications become more and more frequent. Radiation qualification according to standard procedures for equipment aboard Cubesats being expensive and time-consuming, CERN’s qualification technologies (CHARM facility, RADMON radiation monitor) and procedures can be extended to radiation testing of components used in Cubesats.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate that the CHARM test facility can provide a radiation test environment equivalent to a CubeSat mission, produce two payload cards of which one will be launched into space with a CubeSat (conditional on support by ESA) and develop a qualification procedure at CHARM for CubeSats.

Emergency Lighting Power Converter

Submitted by: J. Devine
Engineering Department

Emergency lighting plays a crucial role for safety inside CERN’s underground installations (including the LHC tunnel). The discontinuation of sodium lighting technology and the need for compliance with international standards makes LED’s the technology of choice for new emergency lighting systems. To ensure radiation-hardness of LED-based luminaires, a specially designed power convertor is required. The aim of this project is to make a reference design for a radiation-resistant power convertor for LED-based emergency lighting. The design would be made freely available through an Open Hardware License with the aim of standardizing this component across emergency lighting systems used by organisations worldwide and enabling affordable access to the component without being tied to a limited number of suppliers.

Electron gun for EBIS injector

Submitted by: F. Wenander
Beams Department

Second generation Ion Beam Therapy facilities use new accelerator types, new gantry geometries and require fast tuning of the beam energy for spot scanning. This imposes higher demands on the ion source in terms of repetition rate, pulse length, pulse intensities and the ability to accelerate C6+ ions. The project will deliver and test a new electron gun designed as injector for an Electron Beam Ion Source, together with an experimental test bench equipped with the gun for operational tests. Given the synergies with the HIE Isolde experiment, the project would aim at having the required fellow co-financed by the KT Fund and by HIE Isolde.

3D Interferometry Using Multidirectional High Index Glass Spherical Targets

Submitted by: J.-C. Gayde
Engineering Department

In large-scale metrology, it is common to use contactless laser based distance measurement techniques, in particular through interferometry. The precision and flexibility demands on such systems as well as their mechanical repeatability are increasingly important. Using the properties of highly refractive spherical targets, the project aims to study in detail the optical characteristics of a system based on such targets, to verify the theoretical models with concrete optical setups and to create a modular demonstration instrument, whose performance will be validated using existing instrumentation.


Submitted by: A. Henriques

Kryolize is a tool used for sizing the minimum discharge area of a pressure relief Safety device, to protect cryogenic equipment from an accidental overpressure scenario. Despite already being used at other laboratories (ESS, INFN, CEA), the broad dissemination of the tool is hampered by the fact that it can only be used within MS Excel on Windows and that a number of flow models have not been experimentally validated. Having identified a commercial potential for the tool, the aim of the project is to redesign the software into a user-friendly software working on multiple computer platforms, as well as to gather experimental data, in collaboration with KT, to increase the robustness of the models used by Kryolize.


The following videos show some of the functionalities of Kryolize.




Design of a linear accelerator for light ions to inject into LEAR

Submitted by: A. Lombardi
Beams Department

The objective of the project is to study the design of a linear accelerator for introducing light ions into the LEIR ring, as part of the BioLEIR initiative to create a first Biomedical user facility at CERN. Using the existing experience in the BE-ABP group and exploiting synergies with other medical application projects such as the High Frequency RFQ, a new LINAC design would be proposed without pre-existing constraints on frequency and structure. The project would be co-funded by the CERN Medical Applications programme.