12
AUG
2020

Cockcroft Institute scientists create compact particle accelerators which drive electrons to near the speed of light at 100 times higher frequency

Scientists from the Cockcroft Institute have successfully developed a pocket-sized particle accelerator capable of projecting ultra-short electron beams with laser light at more than 99.99% of the speed of light. To achieve this result, the researchers, led by Lancaster and Manchester
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12
AUG
2020

New monitor type installed in the Large Hadron Collider

A beam gas curtain monitor that has been developed between experts from the Cockcroft Institute/University of Liverpool, CERN and GSI within the STFC-funded HLLHC-UK project has been successfully installed in the world’s largest and highest energy particle accelerator, the Large Hadro
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06
AUG
2020

IOP Award – Professor Susan Smith

The Cockcroft Institute is delighted to announce the award of the 2020 IOP Particle Accelerator and Beams Group Prize for Outstanding Professional Contribution to Professor Susan Smith of STFC Daresbury Laboratory. The award citation is for Professor Smith’s major contributions, innov
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06
AUG
2020

Efficiency frontiers for high RF power L-band Multi-Beam Klystrons

Cockcroft Institute researchers in collaboration with CERN have been exploring novel technologies for major savings in the energy consumption and cost of future accelerators, as an article that has just been published in Accelerating News highlights. The original idea to use a DC post
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06
JUL
2020

X-Ray Facilities Enabling COVID-19-Related Research

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, many countries have gone into lockdown. Schools, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses were instructed to temporarily closed their doors. Light source facilities, however, have not been quiet. Dr Tessa Charles, who will join the Coc
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03
JUL
2020

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships 2020/21 – Call now open

STFC has launched a call for the next round of Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. Its aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme. The fellowships will last for five years and are intended for early career researchers who do not have a
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03
JUL
2020
A schematic map showing where the Future Circular Collider tunnel is proposed to be located (Image: CERN).

European Strategy for Particle Physics

The core objective of the Cockcroft Institute (CI) is to design and develop powerful instruments of discovery, particle accelerators, that enable scientists from many disciplines to elucidate the structure of matter and its underlying dynamics at sub-microscopic distance scales from t
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24
JUN
2020

Meeting of the PERLE Collaboration

From the 3-5 June 2020 the PERLE collaboration held a virtual meeting with about 50 participants. The goal of the PERLE Collaboration is to work towards the design and eventual construction of PERLE an ERL (Energy Recovery Linac) test facility in a new range of 10 MW po
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22
JUN
2020

Advancements in the Optimization of Medical Accelerators

The online magazine News Medical has recently published an interview with CI expert Professor Carsten P. Welsch. In the interview, Prof Welsch explains the basic principles of proton beam therapy and the benefits of medical accelerator research to improve radiotherapy for patients. In
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17
JUN
2020

Designing new radiotherapy technologies to treat cancer in low and middle-income countries

The Cockcroft Institute is taking part in a new project to design and develop new radiotherapy technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, giving more cancer patients access to radiotherapy, and saving lives. Bringing together international experts in accelerator design, medical physics and o
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