Fellows shine brighter than the Spanish sun in oPAC’s grand finale

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Daria Astapovych presented her studies of single bunch instabilities in the LHCThe Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (CNA) in Seville, has proven once again to be a superb conference venue by hosting the International Conference on Accelerator Optimization, oPAC’s final official event.

For two and a half days the CNA was home of a significant delegation of the international community of accelerator science, among which the oPAC fellows had a notorious presence.

The poster session provided a forum for intense discussionsThe blue skies of Seville offered a splendid background for the conference, which started on Wednesday 7 October with a review of the current status of the Large Hadron Collider and its future upgrades. The following session featured next generation machines, like the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (Germany) and the European Spallation Source (Sweden). Novel acceleration schemes using high-power lasers were also presented in one of the talks.

‌On Thursday there was a whole session dedicated to light sources, with representatives from Solaris (Poland), Soleil (France), ALBA-CELLS (Spain), and ESRF (France). This was followed by several talks on applications of accelerators, in which private companies like IBA group and Med Austron made a prominent contribution.

The Friday session focused on next generation detector technologies and computing, and the conference ended with a visit to the facilities of CNA. The works presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of Physical Review Special Topics: Accelerators and Beams.

Around 70 delegates took part in the oPAC conference.

The conference also sponsored an outreach talk, especially addressed to the Spanish public, about the treatment of cancer with particle accelerators. The talk, given by Prof. María Isabel Gallardo, from the University of Seville, reviewed the history of radiotherapy, the physical principles of their efficacy in diagnosing and treating cancer, and the future prospects of radiological techniques. Professor Gallardo highlighted the hope offered by accelerators of a definitive cure for the disease, if only the necessary investments where made in facilities for ion therapy. The talk was attended by a large group of people, mainly students, who showed their interest in the topic by actively engaging in many questions.

Left to right: Prof. Carsten Welsch (oPAC Coordinator), Prof. Maria Isabel Gallardo, and Prof. Joaquín Gómez (Director of CNA)In addition to the talks, the delegates could enjoy an excellent social program, thanks to the efforts of the local organising committee, the magnificent environment offered by Seville, and the succulent Spanish cuisine.

All presentations can be found on the conference Indico page. The network is much obliged to CNA for hosting the conference and to all the fellows who contributed to the success of the event.