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29 January 2015

AWAKE-UK Collaboration met at the Cockcroft Institute

The annual meeting of the AWAKE-UK collaboration was hosted by Prof. Carsten Welsch at the Cockcroft Institute on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Prof. Matthew Wing from UCL, spokesman of the collaboration, opened the meeting with an update on the status of the AWAKE project at CERN. He presented new institutions that have recently joined AWAKE and showed that the AWAKE-UK collaboration was on an excellent route to make important contributions to the project, however, that continuation of the successful work to date would depend on sizable future grants.

AWAKE UK - group photo Representatives from all partner institutions discussed R&D progress in simulation studies, beam diagnostics and work on the electron injector at CERN. Plans for future work were agreed and the road towards the submission of a new proposal in March fixed.

The AWAKE project has been proposed as an approach to accelerate an electron beam to the TeV energy regime in a single plasma section. To verify this novel technique, a proof-of-principle demonstration experiment is proposed by a proto-collaboration, using 400 GeV proton beams from the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN. The Cockcroft Institute is an important partner in the collaboration through contributions from the Universities of Lancaster, Manchester, Strathclyde and Liverpool.
AWAKE-UK logoFurther information about AWAKE can be found here.



12 January 2015

Winter Lecture Series

New schedule announced for Winter Lecture Series, see poster for details.
Winter Lecture Series poster (pdf) - Academic Training Programme 2014-2015 »

9 December 2014

TEAM Training Day

TEAM training day group photographThe EU Project TEAM from the QUASAR Group at the University of Liverpool, based at the Cockcroft Institute, organized a full day training event on European-funded project administration for institutions from across Europe last Friday.
The work of the TEAM had been recognized as European ‘success story’ by the European Commission and had been showcased via various events and so the time was ripe to share best practice with partner organisations and interested external representatives from other disciplines and institutes. …read more»

GradFest 20141 December 2014

CI GradFest 2014

The Cockcroft Institute held it's annual GradFest on November 27th where many of the Cockcroft Institute's PhD students presented their work to each other and the rest of the institute.The talks spanned activities as diverse as the developmentof photocathodes, winners photographRF cavities and instrumentation, the optimisation of accelerator lattices and light sources, and the application of accelerator technologies to novel particle and field searches. The director and organisers would like to congratulate all speakers on the quality of their presentations. Especial congratulations are due to the prize winners (Emmy Sharples and Paolo Pizzol) and to those who were victorious in the subsequent laser tag competitions held that evening! (click images for larger versions)

17 November 2014

Accelerator diagnostics and control engineer

ASTeC is seeking to appoint an engineer or physicist to take a leading role in the stability and synchronization R&D program on the CLARA accelerator test facility.

13 November 2014

FCC Study Week 2015

Today CERN have announced the first Annual Meeting of the Future Circular Collider study ( which will take place from 23rd to 27th March 2015 in Washington D.C. The Cockcroft Institute is an important partner in this international study.

This meeting will be an important milestone to conclude the first, exploratory phase, leading to the identification of the baseline for the further study. Organized as an IEEE conference, it will provide the opportunity for re-enforcing the cohesion of the community and to catalyse cross-fertilization within the FCC study.

This event will follow the traditional layout of plenary and parallel sessions with invited contributions. Plenary sessions will give an overview about the ongoing activities across all parts of the study and serve informing study members about the main boundary conditions and working hypothesis. Parallel sessions will focus on specific areas of the study and a limited number of contributed 10’ presentations are foreseen, to enable communication of key findings of ongoing work with significant impact on the subsequent study phases in an efficient way. Submission of proposals which will be reviewed by the organising committee is highly encouraged.

Satellite meetings for related projects and governance bodies will be included the program. Participation of industry is also highly encouraged and supported via a dedicated industry track and a micro exhibition, focusing on superconducting cable technology. Communication and equal opportunity aspects will be addressed in dedicated working group meetings.

A detailed agenda is under preparation and a preliminary version available on the FCC Week website where also practical information regarding travel and accommodation can be found. Registration is mandatory and has already started. The early registration deadline is 5th January 2015.
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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.


Cockcroft’s subatomic legacy: splitting the atom (pdf)

This article first appeared in CERN Courier December 2007, and is reprinted with permission.


Amazing particles and light (CERN Courier March 2007)
Accelerators for nano- and biosciences (CERN Courier Oct 2002)

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