Charged Particl Optics: Theory and Simulation
   Project coordinator: Prof. Theo Zouros,
    Dept. of Physics, University of Crete
   Copyright 2010

   This project has been funded with support
   from the European Commission

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Welcome to the 2013 Erasmus IP

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 same place.

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.

Theo Zouros

CPOTS project coordinator and
Prof. of Atomic and Molecular Physics
Dept. of Physics, University of Crete, Heraklion

Last Update: 13/06/13 12:39:41