The sixth annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics will take place June 4-9 in Bologna

OCEM Power Electronics is co-sponsoring a conference dedicated to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, a long-time OCEM customer and a global leader in particle physics research.

The sixth annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics will be held June 4-9 in Bologna. It’s being organized by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, together with the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the University of Bologna. OCEM will serve as an event sponsor and will display information about its recent cutting-edge power electronics systems for particle accelerator and thermonuclear fusion research facilities.

The conference program will be devoted to a detailed review of the latest experimental and theoretical results on collider physics of the LHC Run II and discussions on further research directions within the high-energy particle physics community.

OCEM is a long-time collaborator with CERN, having developed components for the world-famous research organization for the past 40 years.

Last year the Italian company supplied a component to a joint project between CERN and the European Spallation Source seeking to develop a more efficient high-power RF tube amplifier for particle acceleration.

The component, a 160 kW capacitor charger, is a high-voltage power supply that will feed an energy storage bank that powers the radio-frequency tube amplifier. The tube amplifier is being tested at CERN and will be reproduced at the ESS in Sweden if successful. The tube — called the MB-IOT, or Multi Beam Inductive Output Tube — could also be adopted as part of a future upgrade to the CERN injector in Geneva.

The Italian company also recently collaborated with CERN to create a new power converter for the world’s largest cyclotron, the TRIUMF facility in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to a technology transfer agreement, OCEM’s supply incorporated a sophisticated control system and precise current measurement system developed at CERN.

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is a 27-kilometer ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures that boost the particles’ energy along the way. At the LHC conference in June, discussion topics will include Standard Model Physics and Beyond, the Higgs Boson, Supersymmetry, Heavy-Flavor Physics and Heavy-Ion Physics.

The conference will also include a welcome event, local food and wine tasting, a guided tour of the city, a conference banquet dinner, and a public outreach event at the University of Bologna.

The event, “Gravitational Waves and Higgs Boson: From the Protagonists the Story of Two Great Discoveries,” will feature CERN General Director Fabiola Gianotti, INFN Vice President Antonio Zoccoli, and Dean of the University Francesco Ubertini. It will take place June 6 in the Aula Magna di Santa Lucia (Via Castiglione, 26) at 9 p.m.

Previous editions of the LHC conference were held in Shanghai, China, and Lund, Sweden. For more event details visit the conference website. Registration is available here.

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