REU project--need help on preparation. Hi, I have gotten a REU project from U of Toledo. as they e-mailed me, my project will be on two medium energy ion accelerators--from modeling instrumentation to data acquisition and analysis So, I am wondering... what programming language would most likely be involved (I really need to know... in general what programming languages do these accelerators use? what platform (windows, Unix...) do most of the computers use?)? and what kind of physics background/math background should I have before working on this project? (I'm thinking atomic physics... ) it's the middle of spring break right now... so I plan on borrowing a whole bunch of books from the library and drive myself insane in studying related topics... any advice or comment is appreciated.