Doors of CERN Opening by ITU
Jun 30, 2016

With our official membership of CERN CMS experiment, lasting for three years, we can now create our own group at European Nuclear Research Center CERN and exercise different powers related to the experiment

Assoc. Prof. Altan Çakır, an academic member of the Department of Physics Engineering at the Faulty of Science and Letters of the University, being involved, together with Assoc. Kerem Cankoçak, a colleague of him in the same department, in the research staff of the giant underground laboratory, CERN where experiments are being conducted on the formation of the universe through subatomic studies with Higgs Boson in the first place, shows our University’s nature of “being pioneering for centuries

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Working on Big Data studies through artificial neural Networks and deep learning method within the framework of data analysis techniques used in the “Development of CMS detector and New Physics in CMS Experiment Beyond the Standard Model”, Assoc. Prof. Altan Çakır, the member of ITU CMS Group, compares CERN to a university having many departments in highlighting the significance of the project. He indicates that here, the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment in which our university takes part concentrates on the magnetic fields created by the repellent power of two magnets being approached to each other. He point outs that the methods used against the magnitude of the data flow from this experiment, are today used efficiently in “Big Data” studies.


Besides our university’s official affiliation with CERN, students studying in different departments of our university can be directly involved in these studies since it also serves as the “umbrella university” in the CMS experiment. At this point, our students can make their way to CERN together with ITU CMS Group from their own schools, which they can contact more closely and directly, in a shorter time and more easily.

Furthermore, students who study in the universities not officially affiliated with CERN but are willing to take part in the experiments also refer to our group and then, candidate gets support by counseling – if he/she is found to be eligible and adequately qualified.

The Way to CERN is through ITU

Surviving in CERN where there is a cutthroat competition is just as difficult as taking part in the experiments. However, to minimize the potential adaptation-related problems from the very first step, candidate students first work with Assoc. Prof. Altan Çakır for 6 months.
Getting prepared for the working mechanisms in CERN at this important turning point, candidate accompanied by Çakır goes to Switzerland. Thus, the journey from the university up to CERN starts and continues in a extremely systematic way. At this point, Assoc. Prof. Altan Çakır underlines that the candidates more prepared for the experiments at CERN, having developed the intellectual background needed for this are one move ahead in this process and a well-equipped student can easily take part at CERN after getting particle knowledge.
Candidates can apply to CERN, upon the recommendation of İTU CMS Group, with full scholarship from CERN Summer School, Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) or TUBITAK.

Moreover, during the three-month summer school at CERN, students get a splendid experience taking lessons from trainers from reputable institutions of USA, Germany, France etc, which countries come to fore in science world.


How is CMS important to CERN?

CMS, an experiment conducted at CERN, which is a huge research center, brings together researchers from 38 countries. The main philosophy of this huge center where 178 university teams work is stated as “Preparation of the experimental basis needed to reveals secrets of universe, scientific and innovative studies. Besides being one of the four fields of experiment each addressing the basic problems of physics in the CERN’s experiment tunnel of 27 meters, CMS is one of two multi-purpose experiments – while the other one is ATLAS - studying the deepest problems of physics.


From which departments should be the students taking part at CERN?

Highlighting that CERN keeps open house not only to physics engineers but also students from any field, Assoc. Prof. Altan Çakır expresses the situation saying “Students from the departments of electrical and electronic engineering, software engineering computer engineering, material engineering, mechanical engineering, and even chemical and metallurgical engineering as well as many other fields of study can work with us. For example, mechanical engineering students can support teams for cooling systems used in the experimental areas, computer and electrical and electronic engineering student for developing detectors and software, material or chemical-metallurgical engineering students for the various alloys and specific materials (iron etc) used in detector. This aspect is very important and is one of the most significant examples in terms of the interdisciplinary nature of CERN. With many branches of engineering, ITU has numerous students having the potential to take part in this team. ”


Stating that with the official affiliation of the University with CERN, every successful member of ITU find the opportunity to work at CERN, Çakır particularly emphasize that every student of ITU capable of keeping up with the studies at CERN can play a part in the experiments n his/her own way. Additionally, he points out the Center has a flexible structure in itself, any researcher having proved themselves in studies can switch to any other units at CERN, and, with Turkey’s member associateship to it in 2015, candidates may obtain the opportunity to be permanent staff of this important center.