1 (January 2013)
° Unité de Physique Nucléaire et des Hautes Energies, Tunis
A delegation from CMS visited the National Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (CNSTN) in 2008, as well as universities and government officials in Tunisia. There are about ten particle physicists with PhDs who are interested in collaborating with CERN, many of whom obtained their PhDs working on CERN experiments. There are also five instrumentation engineers at the CNSTN, currently working on radiation monitoring and available to transfer to LHC work, and the University of Carthage is ready to finance other engineers.
The CNSTN would lead the Tunisian team, with university groups in collaboration, advised by physicists from Saclay and Lyon (France). The initial effort would be in analysis, where team members have more experience. The CNSTN plan to start an activity in Micromegas detectors, and has sufficient engineering support to construct RPCs. A Tunisian group participated previously in OPERA.