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Objectives: This ERASMUS IP presents an innovative intensive Charged Particle Optics (CPO)
course. Traditional theoretical CPO concepts are presented, explored, verified and analysed by
carefully pre-designed simulation modules utilizing existing and readily available CPO software
packages such as SIMION. These modules, which the students will put together with a minimum of
effort during specialized laboratory sessions, will be prepared and closely matched to the
theoretical lectures by the organizers. Useful and practical examples particularly amenable to such
an educational approach are various components of CPO laboratory instrumentation such as
electrostatic lenses, electron spectrometers, and time-of-flight and imaging devices. The course will
explore their operation principles, performance characteristics and limitations.
Target groups:The IP invites the participation of Masters and PhD science students interested in
the design or use of CPO devices to meet their research objectives and expand their theoretical
understanding of CPO as well as their practical knowledge in the use of SIMION and other
numerical simulation and analysis software programs. Advanced undergraduate students with
some expertise in PC usage can also apply. Participating students will be evaluated on their
performance in the IP at the end of the course. 6 ECTS units will be officially recognized with
special University of Crete diploma.
Main Activities:The course will be organized along the lines of a two-week intensive summer
school with theory lectures in the morning and PC laboratory exercises and simulations in the
afternoon. A lunch break will separate the two parts each day. Weekend activities will include
organized outings to cultural sites, excursions and beach activities.
Expected Output:After completion of the IP the lectures and computer modules will be edited
into official notes and distributed amongst the partners for use at their local institutions. A possible
book is also envisioned.