28
MAY
2021

qHAM – Commercialising Quantum Technologies

Earlier this year Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, announced that it will invest up to £1 million in innovation projects through a competition funded through the Commercialising Quantum Technologies programme of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), part of the U
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26
MAY
2021

Plasma particle accelerators get a boost

Particle accelerators are behind some of the most spectacular scientific discoveries, and the reason why we know that matter consists of atoms, and that in turn atoms consist of electrons surrounding positively charged ions. These electrons and ions are not only key building blocks of
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24
MAY
2021

Cockcroft Institute scientists play vital role in creating world’s most powerful neutrino beam

STFC and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have agreed to collaborate on building one of the world’s most powerful linear accelerators. Based at the US Department of Energy’s Fermilab, the Proton Improvement Plan-II (PIP-II) accelerator, currently under construction, is an essenti
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21
MAY
2021

Paul McKenna elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Cockcroft Institute is delighted to announce that one of its senior members has been elected this year to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements. Professor Paul McKenna is a laser-plasma physicist at the University
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10
MAY
2021

2021 Accelerator & Particle Physics Masterclass (6th & 7th April)

Every year the Cockcroft Institute and the STFC public engagement team host our annual Accelerator & Particle Physics Masterclass at Daresbury Laboratory, an event which gives a wide ranging and entertaining overview of particle physics and accelerator science to GCSE and A-level
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07
MAY
2021

CI researchers awarded computing grant for large-scale simulations in Laser Wakefield Acceleration

Cockcroft Institute and Lancaster University Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr John Scott, and  co-investigators, Dr Elisabetta Boella (CI / Lancaster University), Dr Laura Corner (CI / University of Liverpool) and Dr Jorge Vieira (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal), have re
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23
APR
2021

Cockcroft Early Career Excellence Awards 2019/20

The director of the Cockcroft Institute, Prof Peter Ratoff, announced the winners of the first Cockcroft Institute Early Career Excellence Awards as Dr Paul Scherkl (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Jinchi Cai (Lancaster University /CERN). The Cockcroft Institute Early Career Excelle
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21
APR
2021

Rutherford Plasma Physics Communications Prize

Cockcroft lecturer Dr Laura Corner, together with University of Liverpool student Cara Hawkins, have been awarded the Rutherford Plasma Physics Communications Prize for their episode on the podcast The Liverpool Scientific. This podcast was started in October 2020 by Cara Hawkins, an
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15
APR
2021

ALPHA cools antimatter using laser light for the first time

The ALPHA collaboration at CERN has succeeded in cooling down antihydrogen atoms – the simplest form of atomic antimatter – using laser light. The technique, known as laser cooling, was first demonstrated 40 years ago on normal matter and is a mainstay of many research fields. Its fir
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12
APR
2021

Evidence of new physics in muon measurements

News media around the world have been inundated with reports of a recent discovery in Fermilab which could hint to a new revolution in physics.    Much-anticipated data from the Muon g-2 experiment provides tantalising evidence that muons are not behaving in the way they are
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