High-energy physics gets accelerated in Turkey

Turkey has been a CERN Observer State since 1986, and Turkish high-energy physicists have been active in many experiments at CERN. A notable example has been CHORUS, for which Turkish high-energy physicists made several important contributions to the analysis. Now they are involved in preparing the CMS and ATLAS experiments for the Large Hadron Collider, and in parallel a group of nuclear physicists plans to participate in the ALICE experiment.

These were among the topics discussed at the second Turkish National Accelerators and Applications Conference (UPHUK-2), organized in Ankara this year by the Chamber of Commerce of Ankara and the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority. The meeting also discussed the prospects for a Turkish Accelerator Complex (TAC), as well as medical and industrial applications of accelerators. Subsequently a TAC group from Ankara visited CERN with a view to participating in R&D on the Compact Linear Collider project, CLIC.

The Turkish high-energy physics community is now formulating proposals for developing the relationship between Turkey and CERN. This was discussed during a visit to CERN by the acting president of the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Nuket Yetis, and its vice-president, Omer Cebeci, on CERN's 50th anniversary.

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Joint visits to CERN with SESAME
I was pleased to learn about the visit of five UAE Students to CERN (CERN Courier October 2004 p58). This first visit by a member country of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE) is of great significance for the Middle East. We need many more such visits by students and teachers. In future it would be more meaningful to have joint visits together with SESAME, the first international science centre in the Middle East. With formal ties between CERN and SESAME (CERN Courier July/August 2003 p8), such joint visits appear very feasible. Participants would acquire the motivation to contribute to SESAME - a "mini CERN" in the Middle East. We also need to start schools on physics and the technology of particle accelerators, a subject often not covered in the university curriculum in the Middle East region.
With the successful example of SESAME, it is time to address the need for a regional facility in Africa. The question is not whether Africa needs synchrotrons, but rather how to acquire them. The first step would be to launch an African Synchrotron Radiation Programme (AfSRP), which could assist in coordinating African participation in SESAME and other synchrotron facilities worldwide, and could also play a pivotal role in creating synchrotron radiation facilities in Africa.
Sameen Ahmed Khan, Middle East College of Information Technology, Oman.

In the October 2004 issue of CERN Courier, the caption of the photograph illustrating the article "How nature can carve out a fractal" in Physicswatch (see CERN Courier October 2004 p17) wrongly identifies the coastline shown as Portugal. It is the coastline of Spain's Galicia region.

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