José Miguel Jiménez

José Miguel Jimenez
Head of Technology Department, CERN

José Miguel Jiménez is an engineer in applied physics. He received his diploma from the Engineering Graduate School of Clermont Ferrand (France) and his PhD in Applied Physics and Surface Physics from CEA Saclay (France).

After finishing his PhD, he remained at CEA Saclay in charge of establishing R&D collaborations in new technologies between this center and the large surface treatment and thin layer industries in France. In 1994 he joined CERN as an applied physicist and started work on the LEP (large electron and positron collider). Two years later, he became Lead Project Engineer for the LEP and also the SPS project (super proton synchrotron).

In 2002, as Section Leader, he took on responsibility for the installation, preparation and commissioning of the straight sections of the LHC (large hadron collider). After that, he was promoted to Group Leader of Vacuum, Surfaces and Coatings, integrating all aspects of engineering, instrumentation and coatings by chemical processes or plasma.

Since 2014, he has led the Technology Department at CERN, in charge of the technologies associated to the organization’s particle accelerators: a team essential for the development of new projects where more than 700 persons work.

In July 2016, José Miguel Jiménez was granted the Order of Alfonso X The Wise, a Spanish civil decoration for his outstanding experience in the field of research and scientific management in particle physics. He received the award at a ceremony held on July 12, 2016 in the National Library of Spain.


R&D strategy on Special Technologies at CERN

CERN is fostering a vibrant R&D program on special technologies which could open new perspectives or become a limitation for the post-LHC linear or circular accelerator option. Reaching high accelerating gradients and high field magnets are primary priorities. But since few years, a strategy has been put in place to push the technologies on all beam related equipment such as beam diagnostics, kickers and septa, stoppers, dumps but as well on beam induced dynamic effects with impedance, synchrotron radiation, electron cloud as main drivers. Without forgetting all collateral effects induced by high intensity and high energy charged beams, in particular the radiation induced and associated reliability and availability aspects. This talk will give an overview on the present status of these studies as well as expected developments in the coming years.