International Workshop on Acceleration and Applications of Heavy Ions
27 February - 12 March 2011
Heavy Ion Laboratory, Warsaw, Poland
Nuclear physics students, especially in countries where no accelerator
facilities are present, have often quite limited
possibilities of getting acquainted with modern scientific apparatus.
Existing faculty physics laboratories offer usually only
basic equipment and propose standard experimental tasks which do not
stimulate independent thinking and creativity. As a
response to these needs, the International Workshop on Acceleration and
Applications of Heavy Ions is organised at the
Heavy Ion Laboratory of the University in Warsaw, giving students a unique
opportunity to gain experience in methods of data
acquisition and analysis, in operating the cyclotron including beam
diagnostics measurements and in charged particle and
gamma-ray detection techniques.
Participants work in small international groups to prepare and perform
nuclear physics measurements using dedicated apparatus available in the
Heavy Ion Laboratory. For this purpose, a week of beamtime will be allocated. These
tasks provide them with a hands-on
experience with modern scientific equipment (detectors and related
electronics, vacuum systems) and offer a
possibility to get acquainted with good practice rules of laboratory work
(e.g. sources and target handling). During the second week of the workshop,
participants analyse the collected
data, make additional off-beam measurements
(if needed) and prepare final presentations in a form of 20 minutes talks on
their measurements and results.
The experimental part of the workshop is accompanied by a series of
lectures on subjects related to heavy ion physics.
The lectures take place every day in the morning and offer
introductions to subjects such as target preparation, ion
optics, presentation of various experimental techniques as well as
applications of nuclear methods in other fields, such as
medicine and nuclear energy.
The Workshop is intended for physics students interested in nuclear
physics, who have finished their first cycle of studies and
hold a Bachelors degree or equivalent, but young PhD students can also
apply. Students from three partner institutions are invited to apply:
University of Warsaw, Poland; University of Sofia, Bulgaria, University of
Huelva, Spain. Travel, accomodation and part of local costs of the
participants are covered thanks to financial support of the LLP Erasmus
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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