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As the project coordinator of CPOTS I would like to welcome you to this site.
In these pages you should be able to
find everything you need to know about the Erasmus IP CPOTS, an intensive
two-week course in english on Charged Particle Optics (CPO) addressed to advanced undergraduate
and/or graduate/PhD science or engineering students.
The first two CPOTS (CPOTS 2011 and
2012) successfully took place at the Physics Dept. of the University
of Crete (UoC), in Heraklion,
Crete, Greece. The third and last CPOTS (CPOTS 2013) is planned
along the same lines for the period August 15 - 30, 2013 at the
CPOTS is the result of a successful
proposal submitted in the spring of 2010 to IKY the Greek State
Scholarships Foundation in which the physics departments of five
Erasmus institutions including the University of Crete (UoC) in
Heraklion, the Afyon Kocatepe University (AKU), the Universidad
Complutense de Madrid (UCM), the Selçuk University (SU) in
Konya, the Technical University of Wien (TUW) and the University
of Ioannina (UoI) proposed to organize a CPO course in which theory
and simulation would complement one another and pledged to find
enough students to attend it. CPOTS 2011 is the fruits of this labor
and I would like to thank all for their help. CPOTS 2012 is the
successful renewal of CPOTS with the addition of two more institutions:
the Queen's University Belfast, UK and the University of Debrecen,
Hungary. Finally, CPOTS 2013 will be the last of the series with
the addition of one more institution: the University of Athens.
CPOTS is primarily funded by the EU through the Erasmus programme of the
Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)
of the European Commission on Education and Training and as such
will bring together an international body of students and instructors from the universities officially participating in this IP.
Additional funding may be provided from interested sponsors. The financial administration of the CPOTS IP is officially undertaken by ELKE,
the Secretariat of the Research Committee of the University of Crete.
According to strict Erasmus IP rules
the cost of subsistence and travel to the IP is covered to a large
extent. This support can only be extended to the official teachers
(listed in the CPOTS proposal for that year) and students of the
participating IP partners accepted to CPOTS according
to IP procedures.
Additional IP funding is also provided for
the organizational expenses of hosting the IP.
A limited number of students outside
the participating IP partners may also be admitted as guests, but
cannot be supported from the IP funds. Similarly for guest instructors.
Upon the successful completion of the
CPOTS IP, 6 ECTS units will be officially
recognized with a special Physics Dept. University of Crete diploma.
Finally, I would also like to thank
SIS the distributor of SIMION 8.1 for their strong support in providing
their product for free for use by CPOTS participants during the
IP. I am particularly grateful to David Manura, SIMION 8.1 software
engineer, for all his help and detailed support during the entire
3 year period of the CPOTS project.
CPOTS project coordinator and
Prof. of Atomic and Molecular Physics
Dept. of Physics,
University of Crete, Heraklion