14
DEC
2017

Implementing CERN Technology on X-ray FELs

The Cockcroft Institute is helping to apply advanced linac technology developed at CERN to design a new generation of compact X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs), thanks to a €3 million project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Beginning in January 2018, “Comp
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22
NOV
2017

First Accelerated Beam Through Linac 1

On 16th November CLARA reached another significant milestone – accelerating electron beam with Linac 1 for the first time. At the first attempt a beam energy of 48 MeV was reached, far exceeding the minimum facility requirement of 40 MeV. Before attempting acceleration the electron gu
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06
FEB
2017

The PM Visits VELA and CLARA

As part of her recent visit to Daresbury Laboratory, the Prime Minister Theresa May was shown the VELA and CLARA accelerator R&D facilities by senior members of the Cockcroft Institute, highlighting the key technological and scientific developments being undertaken with industrial
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15
MAR
2016

New High Brightness High Repetition Rate RF Photocathode Source for CLARA test facility

The CLARA Free Electron Laser test facility currently under construction at Daresbury Laboratory requires a high brightness electron photoinjector: an RF photocathode source, capable of operating at a 400 Hz repetition rate with a field in the cavity of 100 MV/m, and with up to 120 MV
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29
JAN
2016

Plasma Accelerator Research Station taking Shape

Particle accelerators find many applications in fundamental research, as well as in health, energy and security applications. They range from relatively compact, sometimes even table top devices to km-size particle colliders to unravel the secrets of the universe. In order to reduce t
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25
SEP
2015

CI Researchers Presented at EAAC15

The 2nd European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop (EAAC15) was held between 13th -19th September 2015 on the island of Elba in Italy. Cockcroft researchers Yuri Saveliev, Kieran Hanahoe and Guoxing Xia attended the workshop and presented results on novel acceleration scheme
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