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My 2017 Summer Internship at CERN

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…