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This year the 9th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC18) was held in Vancouver, Canada, from April 29 to May 4. IPACis the world’s largest accelerator conference, attracting more than one thousand delegates to present and discuss the latest R&D results in accelerator science.
Researchers and students from all CI institutions joined this year’s conference and made major contributions to the scientific program. This included dozens of posters, two talks and a dedicated stand in the exhibition area. On Tuesday 1st May, during the session on Novel Particle Sources and Acceleration Techniques, Dr Javier Resta Lopez from the QUASAR Group at the University of Liverpool was asked to give a contributed talk on the “Study of Ultra-High Gradient Acceleration in Carbon Nanotube Arrays”. On Thursday 3rd May, QUASAR Group leader Professor Carsten Welsch chaired the morning session on Beam Instrumentation, Controls, Feedback and Operational Aspects, where Dr Ralph Fiorito gave an invited talk on “Optical Diagnostics for Extreme Beam Conditions”.
Lancaster experts presented posters on their SRF thin film program, measuring magnetic fields inside superconductors with muon spin rotation, measurement of cavity RRR and development of SRF Higher order mode couplers. Their specific contributions to high power RF sources, and particle accelerators in space were also mentioned in several plenary talks. There were also many poster contributions from all CI partners which can now be accessed via the pre-press proceedings page.
Several large scale research projects coordinated by CI were represented through posters and promoted by Drs Javier Resta-Lopez, Samantha Colosimo and Ricardo Torres via a dedicated stand. IPAC18 was also witness to the first ever “Surfatron” World Championship. This new game was designed to demonstrate the concept of plasma acceleration and became very popular amongst the conference attendants. A quiz about Vancouver encouraged further dialogue. Finally, IPAC saw the official launch of a dedicated leaflet outlining the activities of CI’s Project TEAM, as well as of the AVA brochure.