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An EPICS Adventure
Strangeness, Charm and Beauty in Particle Physics: Symposium to Honor Vera Luth
Kids' Day 2010

SLAC Today

Tuesday - August 24, 2010

An EPICS Adventure

SLAC EPICS gurus. From left: Ernest Williams, Stephen Lewis, and Matthew Boye. Not shown: Stephanie Allison. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

In late June, representatives from two SLAC software controls groups held a class in EPICS, the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System. EPICS is a highly modular set of open source, cross-platform, scalable tools used to develop control systems for large experimental and industrial devices such as particle accelerators. EPICS also includes data-gathering and user interface tools, enabling engineers and scientists to develop their own front ends to view, manipulate and store data. EPICS classes are held periodically (the next is August 26–27) and are given jointly by SLAC's Accelerator Engineering Controls Software Engineering Group and the Photon Controls and Data Systems Group.

EPICS forms the basis for the software that controls the Linac Coherent Light Source and attendant instruments, and plans are under way to migrate more of the lab's systems. Stephen Lewis, an expert in EPICS who is currently with the Photon Controls and Data Systems Group, has helped implement EPICS on numerous SLAC devices, starting with PEP-II and moving on to the BaBar detector, then LCLS.

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Strangeness, Charm and Beauty
in Particle Physics

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Symposium to Honor Vera Luth

In celebration of the career of Professor Vera Luth on her retirement, SLAC will host a one-day symposium on "Strangeness, Charm and Beauty in Particle Physics." The symposium will be held at SLAC on September 24, 2010. The day will focus on science with talks on topics to which Luth has made significant contributions, from neutral kaons to rare B decays. There will be a no-host celebratory dinner following the program.

There is no registration fee for the symposium. However, we encourage everyone attending the symposium to register online, so that enough refreshments can be provided. Please see the symposium program for further details. If you have further questions, please contact Judy Meo.

We hope to see you there!

Kids' Day participants took part in this year's vacuum workshop. (Photo by Ruth McDunn.)

SLAC Kids' Day 2010

Last Friday, many SLACers took a recess from their usual work to dazzle nearly 180 kids with talks and hands-on workshops. Children ages 9 to 16, sponsored by SLAC employees, descended on site for a day of exploring the lab and its science.

Clad in bright orange T-shirts, participants took part in 12 different workshops hosted by SLAC employees and some special community volunteers. The workshops ranged from shooting off hydro rockets on the green to dabbling in magnetics and electronics to catching a 3-D movie of the early universe in the Kavli Visualization Lab. 

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