Ultra High Bright Electron Sources Workshop

Ultra Bright group photograph

“Ultra-High Brightness Electron Sources” was held at the Cockcroft Institute, Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus from 29th June to 1st July 2011. The workshop was jointly organised by the Cockcroft Institute, Diamond Light Source Ltd., John Adams Institute, Institute of Physics, DITANET and STFC Accelerator Science and Technology Centre. The workshop was attended by 47 participants from 16 different institutes around the world.

The primary purpose of this workshop was to explore the possibility of generating electron beams with fs-range bunches whose emittance is at least one order of magnitude lower than the current state-of-the-art.  The scope of subjects covered in the workshop programme included the complete range of processes involved in the production of electron bunches, starting with electron emission from traditional and novel electron sources, primary acceleration of electrons in the gun, transportation and manipulation of space-charge-dominated beams, and the use of diagnostics in their characterisation.  A crucial aspect of this workshop was to consider and discussion of the problems encountered in simulations of beam dynamics.

The workshop brought together several international experts and researchers working on these issues and discussed common areas of interest, advancing current technological limits by fostering and encouraging collaboration.

The participants of the workshop also had the opportunity to tour ALICE, EMMA and the photoinjector development facilities at ASTeC.