Following a visit of the Joint Universities Accelerator School (JUAS) at the European Radiation Synchrotron Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble on 15 January 2018, eight students from JUAS had the opportunity to participate in a session of “machine development” in the ESRF control room on Saturday 20 January, at the invitation of Jean-Luc Revol of the ESRF management. Under the guidance of Andrea Franchi and Nicola Carmignani of the ESRF Accelerator and Source Division, the students, working in two groups of four, calculated lattice parameters, chromaticity and orbit distortions due to errors on the “booster” ring and on the 844 m circumference storage ring of ESRF, and then proceeded to measure them with pilot electron beams.
This hands-on approach supervised by experts from the laboratory, rendered vivid the accelerator physics concepts and methods studied in class at JUAS. The School, always active to develop pedagogical innovation in the field, is grateful to ESRF for this valued addition to its curriculum.
Credits photo @Pierre Guérin, ESRF