13
NOV
2018

Cockcroft Institute at Linac18 in Beijing

The 29th International Linear Accelerator Conference (Linac18) was hosted by the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) at the Friendship Hotel in Beijing over 16th – 21st September 2018. During the conference, the Cockcroft Institute and ASTe
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12
NOV
2018

Successful measurement program at the MAX IV synchrotron

A group of PhD students from the Cockcroft Institute have recently returned from an extremely successful measurement program at the MAX IV synchrotron in Lund, Sweden. Joe Wolfenden (University of Liverpool), Bill Kyle (University of Manchester), and Tom Pacey (University of Mancheste
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09
NOV
2018

AWAKE Collaboration prepares for Run 2

The AWAKE project — the world’s first proton-driven plasma wakefield accelerator experiment — will soon end Phase 2 of its first experimental Run at the end of 2018, when the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) begin their Long Shutdown 2. Success in the wor
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07
NOV
2018

Interactive Grant Writing workshop held at Cockcroft Institute

PhD and Post Docs from the Cockcroft Institute took part in two workshops designed to introduce early career researchers to apply for funding as independent scientists. The first workshop consisted of talks delivered by four experienced researchers introducing concepts related to gran
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31
OCT
2018

How to characterize antimatter beams?

Antimatter particles, such as positrons, antiprotons and antihydrogen open unique insight into some of the most fundamental questions in modern physics. However, they are not only very difficult to produce – they also pose numerous challenges when it comes to measuring their propertie
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25
OCT
2018

If you invented a giant machine – what would it do?

Treat cancer? Generate energy? Make food last longer? The people of Liverpool are being invited to participate in a community-designed art installation more than 20 metres beneath the city’s streets. It will showcase the city’s acclaimed artists and ground breaking scientific discover
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23
OCT
2018

Science knows no borders

International collaboration has probably never been more important than it is today. With human society facing a number of wide-ranging ‘global challenges’ such as food security, climate change, energy security and diseases, international collaboration in research is essential to find
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19
OCT
2018

The Force is strong at CI

On 11th October 2018, the Star Wars universe came to Daresbury Laboratory. Professor Carsten Welsch, Head of the Liverpool Accelerator Science group, gave a special staff seminar on the Physics of Star Wars. This followed on from a highly successful event he organised for Liverpool st
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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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