oPAC - optimization of Particle ACcelerators
The optimization of the performance of any Particle ACcelerator (oPAC) is the goal of this network within the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) scheme.
oPAC aims at developing long term collaboration and links between the involved teams across sectors and disciplinary boundaries and to thus help defining improved research and training standards.
Early stage Researchers (ESRs) are trained in interdisciplinary and intersectorial research fields, where the latest knowledge in simulation tools, control and data acquisition systems, beam physics and instrumentation are all combined to optimize the performance of existing and future accelerator facilities.
The project was defined as a 'great success' during the Mid-Term Review Meeting held in Barcelona in October 2013 where all aspects of the project were reviewed by a representative of the European Commission and an expert reviewer.
Former QUASARs Blaine Lomberg and Sehaar Naveed based at the Cockcroft Institute, and QUASAR Miguel Fernandes based at CERN, were ESRs in oPAC. The Coordinator is Carsten P. Welsch and Project Manager is Ricardo Torres.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 289485.