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Particle Accelerator Conference (PAC09), Vancouver : Canada (2009)
First Year of Physics at CNGS
I. Efthymiopoulos, A. Ferrari, E. Gschwendtner, A. Pardons, L. Sarchiapone, H. Vincke, J. Wenninger, D. Autiero1, A. Guglielmi, P.R. Sala

The CNGS facility (CERN Neutrinos to Gran Sasso) aims at directly detecting muon-neutrino to tau-neutrino oscillations. An intense muon-neutrino beam (1017 muon-neutrino per day) is generated at CERN and directed over 732 km towards the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, LNGS, in Italy, where two large and complex detectors, OPERA and ICARUS, are located. After a brief overview of the facility, the major events since its commissioning in 2006 will be discussed. Emphasis will be given on the design challenges and operation constraints coupled to such a high-intensity facility summarizing the acquired experience. Highlights of the 2008 operations, which was the first complete year of physics in CNGS with 1.78·1019 protons delivered on target, will be presented.
1 :  IPNL - Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon
Physique/Physique/Physique des accélérateurs