26
MAR
2018

Annual Particle Physics Masterclass at Daresbury

Between the 6th and 8th of March the Cockcroft Institute hosted its annual Particle Physics Masterclass (PPMC) at Daresbury Laboratory. The PPMC programme, which gives a broad overview of particle physics and accelerator science, is targeted at GCSE and A-level science students and ha
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28
FEB
2018

Tactile Collider is now award winning

The Cockcroft Institute’s major outreach project Tactile Collider, which brings the science and engineering of the Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson to visually impaired audiences has won two awards in the University of Manchester’s Better World Showcase 2018. The project won
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09
FEB
2018

CI paper amongst 2017 Physics of Plasma Highlights

‘Beam quality study for a grating-based dielectric laser-driven accelerator’, authored by CI researcher Yelong Wei et al, has been selected as one of the 20 most impactful articles by the journal Physics of Plasma in 2017. Specifically, it was one of the journal’s most downloade
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06
OCT
2017

Revealed: How to build a particle accelerator in a salad bowl

One of the most popular experiments performed during the Workshops on Accelerator Science for teenagers organised by the Quasar Group in Daresbury last year was the “salad bowl accelerator”.  This easy-to-build device employs the electrostatic potential created by a Van de Graaff gene
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10
MAR
2017

Sharing the Fascination for Accelerators

After the success of the interactive accelerator workshops for teenagers organised by the Quasar group, the STFC has featured an article about the events in its latest issue of the magazine ‘Fascination’, including instructions on how to perform the experiments at home as well as link
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03
FEB
2017

Accelerators – Size Matters

A beam of electrons was first observed to be accelerated with a ‘gradient’ – or energy transfer rate – of 300 MV/m, which is very high for present-day accelerators, in a device rather like a microchip. This was made of silica glass and powered by a commercial laser beam, at the
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25
JAN
2017

Accelerator experience days for teenagers at Daresbury Laboratory

Building up on the great success of the interactive accelerator workshops for teenagers held last summer at the Cockcroft Institute located at Daresbury Laboratory, the QUASAR Group invited two further schools to join them for workshops in January. This gave even more children the opp
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16
JAN
2017

European Antimatter R&D network launched

The Accelerators Validating Antimatter physics (AVA) project started officially on the 1 January 2017. AVA is an international collaboration of currently 25 institutions. Benefiting from almost 4 M€ of funding from the European Union, AVA will train no less than 15 early stage researc
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14
NOV
2016

Work on LHC published in European Physical Journal C

Understanding how particles such as protons scatter in matter is crucial to the design and operation of beam collimation systems in accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider. These collimation systems remove stray particles that would otherwise cause damage to the accelerator or the
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16
SEP
2016

QUASAR Group leads session at Europe’s largest higher education conference

More than 5000 higher education professionals from all corners of the world have participated in the 28th European Association for International Education’s (EAIE) annual conference held in Liverpool, 13th – 16th September. Magda Klimontowska and James Hunt from the QUASAR
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