11
OCT
2018

World’s first crabbing of a proton beam

Crab cavities are special electromagnetic cavities that use electric and magnetic fields to rotate the bunch prior to collision in a particle collider so that the beams collide head-on rather than at an angle. This is one of the most critical elements of the LHC luminosity upgrade. Wh
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07
SEP
2018

Cockcroft aviation cargo screening linac achieves 3.5 MeV

A small scale particle accelerator for security X-ray scanning designed, and commissioned at STFC Daresbury Laboratory and the Cockcroft Institute has successfully accelerated an electron beam to 3.5 MeV. The linac, designed by Lancaster University and STFC Accelerator Science and Tec
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31
AUG
2018

Institute of Engineering and Technology make videos at Cockcroft on the role on Engineers working on accelerators

The IET has made a series of videos to promote the Particle Accelerator Engineering Network community within the IET (co-sponsored by the IMechE Mechatronics group). The videos were shot at Daresbury and The Christie Hospital and cover 4 themes, international accelerator projects, med
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29
AUG
2018

AWAKE achieves first ever acceleration of electrons in a proton-driven plasma wave

Novel scheme paves way for entirely new range of particle physics experiments In a paper published today in the journal Nature, the AWAKE collaboration reports the first ever successful acceleration of electrons at CERN, using a wave generated by protons zipping through a plasma. The
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15
AUG
2018

Observe. Explore. Experiment – CI contributions to BlueDot

Members of the Cockcroft Institute have once again discovered the intergalactic festival of music, science, arts and exploration of space that is Bluedot.  Returning for a third year, the team from the Cockcroft Institute involving staff and students from the CI universities Mancheste
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25
JUL
2018

CI invites expressions of interest for prestigious Fellowships

The Cockcroft Institute offers a vibrant environment for cutting edge R&D into the science and technology of particle accelerators. For many years the institute has helped researchers to secure prestigious Fellowships that enable them to realise ambitious research programmes with 
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16
JUL
2018

Antimatter School held at CERN

The Cockcroft Institute has a unique track record in the coordination of pan-European training networks and has coordinated no less than 5 such initiatives over the past decade. Defining new training standards in antimatter research is the declared goal of AVA (Accelerators Validating
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11
JUL
2018

Cockcroft Institute hosts major events on plasma accelerators

Scientists from across Europe gathered in Liverpool last week to discuss the future of plasma accelerators, advanced laser technology, and industry opportunities alongside a discussion of research progress made within the EuPRAXIA Design Study, supported by the European Union within t
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02
JUL
2018

CI research selected as 2017 Research Highlight

Superconductor Science and Technology (SUST) is an international multidisciplinary journal for papers on all aspects of superconductivity. It covers theories of superconductivity, the relation of microstructure and growth to superconducting properties, as well as R&D into the fabr
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18
JUN
2018

Postgraduates at the Cockcroft Institute

Well, it’s been a busy few months in our Institute’s postgraduate programme, so here’s a roundup of what’s been going on. As some of you know – if you’ve been watching for our PhD positions being advertised on www.FindAPhd.com – we are currently recruiting for a number of
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