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28 February 2014
EU awards more than 600 k€ to support Cockcroft Research
Low energy antimatter experiments and the development
of new beam diagnostics techniques for charged particle beams and are two
of the main research areas in the pan-European QUASAR
Group at the Cockcroft Institute. The EU has just announced that
it will support the activities in these areas via two grants.
Antimatter experiments are at the cutting edge of science; impressively underlined through the award of ‘most important physics breakthrough’ in 2010 to the successful trapping of antihydrogen by physicsworld. Dr. Javier Resta-Lopez from the University of Valencia joins the Cockcroft Institute to address some of the key challenges in the design, construction and operation of ELENA through beam dynamics studies.
Beam diagnostics systems are essential constituents of any particle accelerator; they reveal the properties of a beam and how it behaves in a machine. Dr. Ralph Fiorito is an internationally renowned expert in optical diagnostics and will join the institute via an International Incoming Fellowship.
Prof. Welsch, group leader at the University of Liverpool and PI on both grants: "It is absolutely fantastic news that two researchers with such impressive backgrounds will join us. They have outstanding track records and will allow us to carry out a cutting-edge research program in two truly exciting areas."
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04 February 2014
Cockcroft paper selected by the Journal of Physics G
A Cockcroft Institute paper has been selected by the Journal of Physics G : Nuclear and Particle Physics has one of the journal’s highlights for 2013. This paper, with CI authors Rob Appleby and Luke Thompson, has shown the possibility of high energy electron-proton collisions at a future ring–ring Large Hadron Electron Collider with a new interaction region design.
The highlights page of the journal can be found here
20 January 2014
Accelerator Community Calls for CLARA
The Institute of Physics Particle Accelerator and Beams Group sponsored a meeting of UK accelerator professionals on 13th January 2014 at the Cockcroft Institute to discuss the accelerator science and technology opportunities that would be afforded by the proposed CLARA Test Facility. Over sixty people attended the event, chaired by Jim Clarke (ASTeC), to hear presentations about the status of the project, the accelerator design, and the ideas that different groups have for making use of the high quality electron beam that would be available. …read more »
The presentations from the meeting can be found at: https://eventbooking.stfc.ac.uk/news-events/iop-clara-community-meeting-194?agenda=1
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20 January 2014
ASTeC Hosts Final Annual TIARA Preparation Phase Review
From November 25 -28th, ASTeC was host to the final annual review meeting
of the EC-funded TIARA Preparation Phase, whose remit has been to substantiate
integration of national and international accelerator R&D infrastructures
into a single distributed European accelerator R&D facility with the
goal of developing and strengthening state-of-the-art research, competitiveness
and innovation in a sustainable way in the field of accelerator Science
and Technologies across Europe. With 52 attendees from across Europe’s
leading laboratories, the main purpose of this concluding meeting was to
review the progress within the various TIARA Work Packages and finalise
the results of the TIARA Preparatory Phase. For the past 3 years, ASTeC
has played coordinating roles as part of collaborative workpackage teams;
with Peter McIntosh representing ASTeC in WP3 to develop Accelerator R&D
Infrastructures and Susan Smith in WP4 to assess Joint R&D Programming.
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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.