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28 November 2013
The 3rd annual meeting of the HiLumi LHC-LARP collaboration
The joint HiLumi LHC-LARP collaboration held its 3rd annual meeting between 11-15 November 2013, hosted by the Cockcroft Institute and Daresbury Laboratory. The international meeting brought together 180 physicists and engineers from as far as Japan and America to address the luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which will provide an unprecedented rate of proton-proton collisions to the four LHC experiments in the 2020s. The meeting addressed key issues of accelerator design, scheduling and the exploitation of novel technologies to deliver the challenging project goals. …read more »
NB: The TIARA-PP Final Meeting is being held November 25-27 and a report will be posted on this website soon.
18 November 2013
Cockcroft Institute Postgraduate Conference
The Cockcroft held its 3rd annual postgraduate conference on the 3rd September. Students from all three Universities and ASTeC presented their research to a group of their peers plus a judging panel made up of lecturers and senior ASTeC staff. …read more»
18 November 2013
Cockcroft Institute Particle Accelerator School
The Cockcroft Institute recently held its first accelerator school at the end of October. The school was attended by 22 students from 6 different Universities and ASTeC. The school was split into two weeks with the first week dedicated to lectures, including a talk on light sources from Gerhard Materlik, and the 2nd week dedicated to a design exercise. …read more»
8 November 2013
Highly successful 2nd LA³NET Workshop hosted by Fraunhofer ILT
The LA³NET project coordinated from the Cockcroft Institute held its second Topical Workshop on 'Laser technology and optics design' at the world-leading Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) at the Fraunhofer in Aachen, Germany (4th to 6th November 2013). The workshop addressed the key aspects of optics design relevant for particle accelerators within a mainly training-based format and attracted over 50 participants from across Europe including all of the LA³NET fellows. …read more»
The Cockcroft Institute is an international centre for Accelerator Science and Technology (AST) in the UK. It was proposed in September 2003 and officially opened by the UK Minister for Science, Lord Sainsbury, in September 2006. It is a joint venture between the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC at the Daresbury and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories) and the North West Development Agency (NWDA). The Institute is located in a purpose-built building on the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus adjacent to the Daresbury Laboratory and the Daresbury Innovation Centre, and has established satellite centres in each of the participating universities.
The Institute provides the intellectual focus, educational infrastructure and the essential scientific and technological facilities for accelerator science and technology research and development, which will enable UK scientists and engineers to take a major role in innovating future tools for scientific discoveries and in the conception, design, construction and use of the world’s leading research accelerators for the foreseeable future.
The Institute is named after the Nobel prizewinner Sir John Cockcroft FRS . Born in Todmorden in north west England, and educated in part in Manchester, he is regarded as the pioneer of modern accelerator research.
This article first appeared in CERN Courier December 2007, and is reprinted with permission.