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News Archive 2008


13 December
At 02:00 on 13/12/08, the commissioning team successfully demonstrated energy recovery in the ALICE R&D facility. The team are now looking forward to exploiting this facility to further our understanding of the challenges of next generation light sources and energy recovery based acceleration.

November 2008

14 November
ALICE Accelerates to 4 million Volt Milestone!
A major milestone has been achieved in the completion of the UK's next-generation particle accelerator, ALICE, which is set to produce an intense beam of light that will revolutionise the way in which accelerator based light source research facilities will be designed in the future.
To mark the occasion, ALICE was visited yesterday, 14 November 2008, by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent as part of his visit to the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus.
…read more »

October 2008

24 October
ALICE - first acceleration through the Booster.
Around 4 MeV acceleration was achieved in Booster cavity 2 at 00:54 24/10/08.
The success heralds a first for UK: a high quality electron beam from a photoinjector being boosted halfway to relativistic energies by UK's first linear superconducting microwave accelerator.
The injection is the critical process in any accelerator, the electrons and the team that builds the facility sharing the sufferings, the pangs and joys of 'birth', so to speak. With this successful injection, accelerating up to the speed up light can ALICEcelebrate1_tiny2.jpgonly be around the corner and the excitement to follow in not too distant a future!!
Congratulations to the entire ALICE team in the Cockcroft Institute and the STFC's ASTeC centre for such an pioneering achievement!
(Celebration of first acceleration through the Booster in the ALICE control room at 11:45.)
memo from Susan Smith (ALICE Programme Leader)
ALICE Accelerates Towards Energy Recovery
At just past midnight last night, the ALICE commissioning team successfully accelerated an electron beam through the superconducting booster module. This was achieved when the team successfully brought into simultaneous operation the photoinjector electron source and the superconducting booster module. The electron beam was accelerated through the module to around 4 MeV.
ALICEbeam_tiny.jpgThis achievement is a key step towards demonstrating energy recovery. With these two critical technologies having been commissioned, the next step will be to accelerate to full energy and circulate the beam to demonstrate energy recovery. The accelerator is now shutdown for four weeks for planned maintenance, so the commissioning to energy recovery will commence in late November.
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24 October
Latest news on the LHC at CERN

September 2008

10 September
Big Bang Day on BBC Radio 4 a special day of programmes planned to coincide with the official switch-on of the LHC at CERN on September 10th. »» Radio 4 »»
04 September
Agreement of Collaboration between CERN and the Cockcroft Institute
At CERN on the 29th August 2008 Prof. Swapan Chattopadhyay and CERN Director General Dr. Robert Aymar signed a major and comprehensive Agreement of Collaboration between CERN and the Cockcroft Institute. …read more »CERNsigning_tiny2.jpg

August 2008

12 August
The Big Bang in Liverpool
Liverpool is currently hosting the 'Big Bang' exhibit which is aimed at making the physics and engineering of the Large Hadron Collider ( accessible to the general public. From now until 22nd September this free exhibit will be based at the World Museum in Liverpool.
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First protons in the LHC
The LHC first injection test was carried out over the weekend of 9th-10th August. The beam was injected at point 2, traversed the ALICE experiment and sector 2-3 and was then dumped on the momentum cleaning collimators at point 3.
Intensity plots of the first protons in the LHC and full details »
…read more »
04 August
SRSoff2.jpgAfter two million hours of science a British world first bids farewell Cleaner fuel, safer aircraft and new medicines, not to mention a Nobel prize, great tasting chocolate and iPods - all of these things have been influenced or made possible by world leading scientific research SRSoffToast2.jpgcarried out on the Synchrotron Radiation Source at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Daresbury Laboratory in Warrington, which closed today, 4th August 2008, after 28 years of operation and two million hours of science.
…read more »

(Photos: Ian Munro switches off the SRS as assembled staff watch the relay from the CI atrium and toast the SRS.)

June 2008

30 June
Roger Jones (Physics and Astronomy, Manchester) has been awarded the honour of Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
dash1tiny.jpg26 June
The 17th Daresbury Dash, 25 June, 2 miles round the laboratory site
Conditions were warm and breezy, damp underfoot.
dash3tiny.jpgThe winner in 10 minutes 50 seconds was Keith Middleman of CI and ASTeC. Hot on his heels were Andy Collins (11:28) and Joe Herbert (12:07). Louise Nickleson crossed the line in 13:40 creating a new womens record. There were 32 runners in total. (Click thumbnail for larger version)
6 June
GroupPhoto.jpgCM21 Meeting (4-7 June)
MICE Collaboration Meeting
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…website »

May 2008
30 May
polantiPoster.gifThe Cockcroft Institute is pleased to announce that the proceedings of the workshop "Polarized Antiproton Beams - How?" held at the Cockcroft Institute from 29 to 31 August 2007 have now been published by the American Institute of Physics as AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1008
It is hoped that polarised antiprotons will be a significant element in the programme of research at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) envisioned for construction near Darmstadt in Germany. The Cockcroft Institute is proud to have been able to contribute by hosting this workshop.
LINKS: FAIR | Scitation | AIP
15 May
T_McKillop_small.jpgSir Tom McKillop visited the Cockcroft Institute during his visit to the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus on May 12, 2008. Sir Tom was given a brief overview of the Cockcroft Institute by the institute Director Prof. Swapan Chattopadhyay, followed by a discussion on the current issues facing the institute and Daresbury Lab scientists …read more »
(left to right: Prof. Dainton, Prof. Mike Poole, Sir Tom McKillop and Prof. Chattopadhyay - click thumbnail for larger version)
15 May
Prominent members of the European Nuclear Physics Community visited the Cockcroft Institute for preliminary discussions to identify possible scientific overlap with the ENPC_small.jpginterests of the nuclear physicists in the newly proposed Large Hadron electron Collider (LHeC) at CERN by the Cockcroft/Liverpool team in consultation with the European Deep Inelastic Scattering (DIS) community. …read more »
(left to right: Prof. Gaardhoje, Prof. Rosner, Prof. Fulton, Prof. Dainton, Prof. Chattopadhyay and Prof. Klein - click thumbnail for larger version)
LINKS: LHeC | DIS2008 | EIC2008 | ECFA

April 2008
29 April
Jim Clarke (Magnetics and Radiation Sources Group Leader) has been awarded the honour of Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
28 April
CI Director Swapan Chattopadhyay has been elected to the American Physical Society's Division of Physics of Beams, the first such Chair from outside USA.
Chair-line, 2007-2010: Vice Chair, Chair-elect, Chair and Past Chair
28 April
Three invited talks have been solicited from Cockcroft in the International Particle Accelerator Conference 2009 in Vancouver, Canada.
21 April
View a selection of photographs of the CI presentations taken during SciTech08 at the Barbican, London on the 17th April 2008. …photographs »
15 April
Matter, Anti-matter and MICE
"Prof. Ken Long of Imperial College, a Special Affiliate of Cockcroft Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool speaks of the first successful milestone achieved in connection with the MICE experiment, designed to decipher matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe by observing behaviour of neutrinos… "
…read the full article at »
10 April
New Light Source Project Launch
Cockcroft Institute staff are playing a lead role in developing technologies that will enable a next generation light source in the UK. On the 11th April at the Royal Society, the UK Government will launch a project ( investigate the case for a next generation light source (NLS).
…read more »
2 April
Minister of State for Science and Innovation visits CI
Cockcroft Institute Director Swapan Chattopadhyay meets Science Minister Ian Pearson on his visit to Daresbury Laboratory.
IanPearson_April2_b.jpgleft to right: Prof. Chattopadhyay, Graeme Burt, Helen Southworth, Mike Hall, Keith Mason, Ian Pearson M.P.
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2 April
Newsnight Interview
Director Swapan Chattopadhyay was today interviewed by Susan Watts, science editor of BBC TWO's Newsnight programme. The interview will be broadcast early next week.

March 2008
26 March
Getting Behind the Wheel and onto the ILC website!ILCwheel2.jpg
Dr. Ian Bailey of Cockcroft Institute and Univ. of Liverpool, working on the ILC positron source development, getting behind the wheel and onto the ILC website. Headline photo on the ILC web and Photo of the Week on ILC Newsline.
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18 March
Director Chattopadhyay accepted a gracious invitation from colleagues in Scotland and visited Glasgow on March 18, 2008 to initiate discussions on possible collaboration with the Scottish Universities Physics Association (SUPA). The Cockcroft Institute was already visited by Dr. Avril Manners in 2007 for joint collaborative programmes on Physics Education and Training in the field of Accelerators and Lasers.
glasgow_small.jpg (left to right): Prof. Chattopadhyay, Prof.Guenther Rosner of the University of Glasgow and Prof. Dino Jaroszynski of University of Strathclyde
14 March
DesBarber_tiny.jpgAPS Outstanding Referee
Dr. Desmond P. Barber, an affiliate of CI and a Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool Physics Department has been named as an APS Outstanding Referee.
…read more »
14 March
Professor Gerald Gabrielse who is a Distinguished Affililate of the Cockcroft Institute and a Visiting Profesor of Physics at the University of Liverpool has received the Tomassoni prize from Italy.
…read more »
KP_posterSmall.gif 14 March
Kosmas Panagiotidis has won a prize in the annual PhD poster competition run for PhD students in the University of Liverpool.
…see poster »
11 March
OLAVIIgroup_small.jpgOLAV II ~ Second Workshop on the Operation of LArge Vacuum systems 10th-12th March 2008
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February 2008
tiny_parliment_leaflet.gif27 February
CI Director Swapan Chattopadhyay gives evidence to the Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee at the House of Commons
A transcript of this session is available at »
RichardWalker_15Feb08.jpg15 February
Richard Walker giving his first presentation regarding the New Light Source at Cockcroft Institute, Daresbury Laboratory.
Photograph shows Swapan Chattophadyay, Richard Walker and Mike Poole.
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14 February
Research Studentship Quota Allocations 2008 & 2009
…documents available »
meeting2_08Feb08.jpg08 February
Discussions with STFC, associated UK universities and the community - regarding Next Light Source project in UK.
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meeting1_08Feb08.jpg08 February
Meeting of the stakeholding universities, CI, STFC and DL - regarding possible Detector/Instrumentation centre.
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January 2008
web_launch_tiny.jpg21 January
New CI website launched ».

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