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.

Kryolize Project

Submitted by: A. Henriques

Kryolize Project is a Research & Development project in the field of Cryogenic Safety and pressure relief systems.  This KT funded project has two main deliverables:
1.       Gather experimental data to measure the physical and thermodynamic events during accidental venting scenarios. This consists in running experiments with “Loss of Vacuum” scenarios in Liquid Helium baths and study the behaviour of the system (plus other phenomena like 2 phase flow relief). The experiments are prepared with very high sampling rates to record the physical events with large precision. The experiments are performed in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
2.       Develop software called ‘Kryolize Professional’ for sizing the minimum discharge area of a pressure relief Safety device in cryogenic systems, based on International (ISO), European (EN) and American (API) standards

Kryolize Professional

Kryolize Professional is a software tool used for calculating the size of the minimum discharge area of a pressure relief Safety device, to protect cryogenic equipment and infrastructure from an accidental overpressure. The objective of the project was to design and implement user-friendly software, running on multiple platforms and using robust models validated through experimental data.
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.