CERN – an experience that opens up new horizons

Emil TERMAN, one of the students of FAF-UTM, had the opportunity to meet and become friends with over 400 young students from Romania, Germany, France, Malta, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Azerbaijan, India, Nepal, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Poland, Denmark, United Kingdom, USA, Spain – over 90 nationalities, over the summer. He also had the chance to discover some dream destinations, among them being the antimatter accelerator – Antimatter Factory, the CMS detector – The Compact Muon Solenoid.

We say it whenever we have the opportunity: the studies at the Technical University of Moldova open borders and vast opportunities. And if our students become part of projects / programs that run without the direct involvement of UTM, the contribution of Alma Mater is identified through the success of our representatives there. This refers to Emil Terman’s experience, who arrived in one of the largest laboratories of particle physics in the world, thanks to his involvement in a research program for students from the Bachelor / Master – CERN Summer Student program, held in Meyrin, Switzerland, under the auspices of one of the world’s most renowned research organizations – European Organization for Nuclear Research.

– I had a very special summer and one of the most enjoyable experiences, says Emil. In the morning, we would do readings, in the afternoon, we would go to the office, and the evenings, we would dedicate them to beach walks. On weekends, we would most often go on walks around the closeby cities with my colleagues. And because Meyrin, a municipality in the canton of Geneva, is the closest locality to the CERN particle physics lab, we could visit some unique destinations in the world, if we were lucky. I had the amazing opportunity to visit Antimatter Factory and the CMS – The Compact Muon Solenoid detector. Built around a huge solenoid magnet, the CMS is shaped like a cylindrical coil of superconducting cable that generates a field of 4 tesla. It is 21 meters long, 15 m wide and 15 m high. Although it is called compact, it is simply gigantic – it has a mass of 14000 tons and, if we are to make a comparison, it is heavier than the Eiffel Tower.

I successfully combined the pleasant with the useful, and I devoted most of my time to study. The topics studied were consolidated through discussion sessions and tutorials, culminating in topical seminars – a complex exercise for successfully writing the final project of the internship. At CERN you have the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world trained in related fields. You have free entry to the debates, experimental workshops and, thus, you get in touch with the science of today and tomorrow. And because there is no better way to learn than in the workplace, and in this case the “job” was in a world-renowned research organization, this experience becomes truly unique. I worked on a remote DSLR camera control program – Digital single-lens reflex camera. The software is currently being used by my supervisor, but will soon become an indispensable tool for specialists / researchers at CERN. It’s a very nice project and even though the internship is already completed, I continue to work on this project in my spare time. It was definitely one of the most challenging and amazing experiences of my life. An experience that opened up new horizons, an experience I highly recommend to others.