Indian gift unveiled at CERN

On 18 June CERN unveiled an unusual new landmark - a statue of the Indian deity Shiva. The statue is a gift from CERN's Indian collaborators to celebrate CERN's long association with India, which began in the 1960s. It was unveiled by His Excellency K M Chandrasekhar, ambassador (WTO Geneva), shown above signing the visitors' book, Anil Kakodkar, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of the Indian Department of Energy, and CERN's director-general, Robert Aymar. The statue was made in India in the traditional style. The original sculpture was a wax model, around which a soil mould was made. Melting the wax left a hollow into which liquid metal was poured, and once cooled the mould was split and the statue polished and given its antique finish.

Iranian supplier HEPCO receives CMS Gold Award

As part of the fifth annual CMS awards, Iranian contractor HEPCO has received a Gold Award, for top suppliers, in a ceremony held on 14 June (for the other award winners, see CERN Courier May 2004 p35). HEPCO received the award for the excellent quality of work in constructing two 20 tonne support tables, two 75 tonne shields and supporting brackets to lower the Hadron Forward Calorimeter into the CMS detector cavern, to tolerances that were very difficult in structures of this size.

MRST meeting acclaims Pat O'Donnell

The 26th Montreal-Rochester-Syracuse-Toronto (MRST) conference on high-energy physics, "From quarks to cosmology", was held on 12-14 May at Concordia University, Montreal. The meeting celebrated the retirement of Patrick J O'Donnell, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Toronto and one of the original organizers of the MRST series. Many of O'Donnell's collaborators attended and speakers included Harry Lipkin, Gabriel Karl, Mark Wise and David London, who highlighted his seminal contributions to hadron spectroscopy and B physics. O'Donnell has also had a "second career" as a movie actor and scientific consultant, notably in Good Will Hunting. The meeting was followed on 15 May by a one-day "Harryfest" at McGill University, which celebrated the retirement of Rutherford Professor of Physics, Harry Lam.

Luciano Paoluzi honoured in Rome

A ceremony was held on 27 April at the Physics Institute of the Rome University Tor Vergata to dedicate the meeting hall to the memory of the distinguished physicist Luciano Paoluzi, who died two years ago. Giorgio Salvini, Nicola Cabibbo and Enzo Iarocci were among the speakers who remembered Paoluzi's generous and wise personality and revisited his main achievements. Paoluzi was among the pioneers in exploiting the Frascati electron synchrotron and the electron-positron storage ring, ADONE, and participated in the discovery of multihadronic production. He actively collaborated in the UA1 experiment at the proton-antiproton collider at CERN and in the GALLEX experiment at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory. He headed the FENICE experiment at ADONE, measuring for the first time the neutron time-like form factors, and led the construction of the huge KLOE drift chamber at the φ-factory, DAFNE, at Frascati. Paoluzi was also involved in INFN management for almost 20 years.

New products

Acqiris has introduced new 3U single-slot PXI digitizers that provide high-speed waveform recording in any PXI and CompactPCI chassis. The DC140 and DC135 deliver bandwidths of 1 GHz and 500 MHz, respectively, and offer multiplexing capability. Both digitizers come complete with software, including the AcqirisLive control program. For more details, see www.acqiris.com.

Delta Elektronika has added a small, 150 W triple-output power supply to its EST150 series of switch-mode power supplies. Weighing only 3.5 kg, the new EST150 has an output ripple of less than 0.5 mV RMS and very low spikes. Two outputs provide 20 V at 2.5 A and the third gives 10 V at 5 A. For further information, tel: +31 111 413 656, or see www.DeltaPowerSupplies.com.

Electron Tubes is offering HVSys, a remotely controlled, multi-channel, photomultiplier power-supply system, which provides individual channel control and monitoring via three wires. The HV is generated at the photomultiplier base via the PSM series of power bases, using a +12 V supply with a supply current of less than 25 mA per channel. For further information, e-mail: info@electron-tubes.co.uk, tel: +44 1895 630 771, or see www.electrontubes.com.

HiTek Power has announced the addition of the HiGen 120 to the HiGen family of X-ray generator power supplies. The 120 W modular unit supplies up to 60 kV at up to 2 mA and is powered from a 24 Vdc input. Output ripple is better than 0.1% peak-to-peak and stability is ±0.1%. For further information, call Carey Austin on: +44 1903 712 400, e-mail: sales.uk@hitekpower.com, or see www.hitekpower.com.

Thales Computers has launched its new Fast Track COTS delivery programme, ensuring delivery of its COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) single-board computers in two weeks or less. For further information, including the boards covered by this programme, tel: +1 800 848 2330, e-mail: lkirby@thalescomputers.com, or see www.thalescomputers.com.