Posts

Showing posts from July, 2017

My 2017 Summer Internship at CERN

Image
After an exciting and rewarding summer interning for Adriaan Rijllart at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) improving a model of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) accelerator in 2017, this summer I followed up with a project for the actual working accelerator.

Before a research group at CERN using the LHC receives the beam of particles, they receive a series of electronic pulses which convey the current status of beam. These pulses are used to ensure that the scientific equipment is correctly set for the incoming beam of particles. I was tasked with writing software to simulate these pulses to make it possible to test the equipment when there is no incoming particle beam.

For this task, I used a National Instruments cRIO 9068 with Ni 9473 and 9403 modules. The 9473 acts as a digital output module, while the 9403 acts as a digital input module. The cRIO was also connected to a touch screen, so the software could be configured without a computer. The programming was done…