I'm living in a bizarre cross between a Jetson's office and Homer Simpson's nuclear reactor.
I work in the side office off of this control room.
The edge of the big panel, looking towards the door of my office. Yes, that is a frosted-glass door.
The Israelis who work here, being culturally literate folks, actually do refer to this as the "Homer Simpson room." They find the comparison extremely funny. I have yet to ascertain the opinion of any of the system operators, who actually sit at that gigantic console, on the matter. The truly wonderful part, though, is the contrast between stuff like this, and the surrounding architecture. For instance, the curved walls, frosted glass door, and round porthole windows in my office fairly exude 50s hypermodernism. Except that I think it was built in the 70s.
One side of my office. Observe the lovely porthole window looking out on the control room.
It's true. For obscure reasons having to do with renovation schedules, Ilan and myself have been assigned to the side office of the linear accelerator's control room. For the record, I have absolutely
A model of the accelerator building
Another odd point. This is the only linear accelerator I've ever seen that was built
Everyone agrees that the thing looks extremely odd, especially at night when it's lit by eerie blue floodlights. I feel like I'm working under a spaceship.
The outside of the accelerator building. The ion source is in the ellipsoidal thing on top. Brightness and contrast have been enhanced, since this is a nighttime shot.