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10 April 2014

reportCover_small.gifPublication of the ELENA Design Report

Antiprotons, stored and cooled at low energies in a storage ring or at rest in traps, are highly desirable for the investigation of a large number of basic questions on fundamental interactions, on the static structure of exotic antiprotonic atomic systems or of (radioactive) nuclei as well as on the time-dependent quantum dynamics of correlated systems. Fundamental studies include for example CPT tests by high-resolution spectroscopy of the 1s-2s transition or of the ground-state hyperfine structure of antihydrogen, as well as gravity experiments with antimatter. Antimatter experiments are at the cutting edge of science; they are, however, very difficult to realize.
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3 April 2014

The Daresbury Laboratory Particle Physics Masterclass 2014

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Daresbury Laboratory held its Particle Physics Masterclass over 3 days at the end March, with a record-breaking attendance of more than 330 students and 20 teachers from schools as far away as Conway and Wakefield. The event was organised and publicised by the Daresbury public engagement team, and hosted by the Cockcroft Institute (CI), with scientists from ASTeC and the Cockcroft Universities ably-supported by CI Ph.D. students delivering the Masterclass activities.
The Masterclass was opened by Dr. Lee Jones who gave a historic review of the Daresbury Laboratory, and demonstrated how the NINA project had led to the SRS and then to Diamond, ALICE, EMMA and VELA, and how synchrotron radiation (and its applications) are such a fundamental part of this story. Prof. Fred Loebinger then gave his ever-popular overview of Particle Physics, and the part played by the University of Manchester, before handing-back to Lee for a virtual reality flythrough of the ALICE accelerator facility. …read more »

27 March 2014

EIC14 - An International Workshop on Accelerator Science and Technology for Electron-ion Colliders

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On 17th -21st March, Peter Williams, senior physicist in ASTeC’s accelerator physics group attended EIC14, an international workshop on accelerator science and technology for electron-ion colliders, at Jefferson Lab, Virginia, USA. ( )
An electron-ion collider is likely to be one of the future large accelerator facilities for high energy and nuclear physics. Presently, there are five proposals under active development worldwide. ...
Peter co-convened the working group on superconducting RF and energy-recovery linacs, together with Ilan Ben-Zvi of Brookhaven Lab and Bob Rimmer of Jefferson Lab. With the successful operation of ALICE and Daresbury and the Jefferson lab FEL, the international community now considers this technology ready to apply to a high-energy machine such as an electron-ion collider.
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28 February 2014

EU awards more than 600k€ 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.
JavierResta-Lopez_small.jpgAntimatter 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.
RalphFiorito_small.jpgBeam 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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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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