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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium

Website: http://www.kuleuven.be

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) is one of the major universities in Belgium. Its Department of Physics and Astronomy employs 250 researchers organized in 15 research teams. The recently founded Wave Propagation and Signal Processing (WPSP) research group consists of 3 recently appointed professors coming from abroad and currently employs 5 postdocs and 6 researchers.

The proposing researchers are specialized in the design of accelerator components through Finite Element (FE) and Finite Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) modeling of electromagnetic (EM) fields for superconductive magnets, injection/extraction kicker magnets and cavities. During the last seven years several accelerator components were modeled for large accelerator projects in Europe at GSI and CERN.

The WPSP research group has state-of-the-art proprietary software for the simulation of electromagnetic, elastodynamic and thermal field and circuit problems at its disposition. Beside these and coupled to these, several own developed software packages allow for the simulation of phenomena in accelerator components which cannot be treated by off-the-shelf tools. The WPSP members are experienced in complicated simulation and design tasks as arising for accelerator components.

KUL key persons involved in the MAX project:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Herbert De Gersem (MSc 1994; PhD 2001) coordinated the Quasistatic Modeling and Optimization research team at the Computational Electromagnetics research group at the Technische Universität Darmstadt from 2001 to 2007 and was involved in several accelerator projects. In 2007, he was appointed as an associated professor at the KU Leuven.

Dr. Bert Masschaele (MSc 1997; PhD 2003) was until 2010 a senior researcher at the research group “Particle accelerators and radiation physics” of Ghent University. He was involved in research projects at the UGent 15MeV LINAC, the synchrotron radiation source ESRF and the neutron research facilities ILL and PSI. From 2005 till 2010 he was responsible for the design and construction of state of the art X-ray imaging systems for sub-micron tomography.

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