Paolo Ferracin, Senior Scientist and deputy of the Superconducting Magnet Program at ATAP, recently taught a course at the Joint Universities Accelerator School (JUAS), an international graduate school for scientists and engineers studying for a Master’s degree or preparing a doctoral thesis. JUAS delivers an academically accredited program in partnership with CERN and a group of 13 European universities and the LASCALA Erasmus Mundus joint master’s degree.

The full program covered the essential topics on particle accelerators for 10 weeks from January-March and comprises two consecutive courses—”Course 1: The science of particle accelerators” and “Course 2: The technology and applications of particle accelerators,” which students can take separately or together.

Ferracin taught “Superconducting magnets for Particle accelerators” to about 40 students as part of Course 2, which ran from 13 February – 17 March at the European Scientific Institute in France.

“The topic focused on the basic physical principles behind a superconducting magnet for particle accelerators, and the rationale behind key parameters from a magnetic, mechanical, and thermal point of view,” says Ferracin.

As part of the course, he added, students undertook preliminary design studies of superconducting magnet systems for diverse applications and then a written exam at the end of the course, with the opportunity to earn European Credit Transfer and Accumulation Systems credits from their home universities. This course is part of a proud ATAP tradition of supporting this and other schools—like the US Particle Accelerator School—that bring new people into our field.


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