Beam Diagnostics – Down Under

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Between 13-17 September 2015 beam diagnostics experts from around the world gathered i n Melbourne, Australia for the International Beam Instrumentation Conference IBIC. IBIC is an established annual conference series that gathers the world's beam instrumentation community. It is dedicated to exploring the physics and engineering challenges of beam diagnostic and measurement techniques for charged particle accelerators and light sources worldwide.

LA³NET Fellows Thomas Hoffmann and Alexandra Alexandrova, together with network coordinator Prof. Carsten P. Welsch, all contributed to this conference and presented recent research results. Thomas presented results from studies using a novel laser wire scanner at CERN’s LINAC4 facility whereas Alexandra showed most recent results using nanoparticles in laser self-mixing setups for velocity measurements of various fluids. Prof. Welsch gave overview presentations about Fellow achievements to disseminate their R&D results and help them secure future positions.

The conference was attended by 180 delegates from around the world and considered as a big success by the participants. There was ample opportunity for collaboration meetings and detailed discussion of ongoing research. The conference dinner, held in the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the world-famous ‘G’ - was one of many highlights during a research-packed week. IBIC16 will be held in Barcelona, Spain.