11
SEP
2019

New Vertical Test Facility installed in Daresbury

A new Vertical Test Facility (VTF) developed by a multidisciplinary team of scientists from the Cockcroft Institute has been commissioned at Daresbury Laboratory for the testing of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities at 2K. Starting next year, the VTF will support an intens
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29
JUL
2019

A Roadmap for Plasma Wakefield Acceleration

Plasma wakefield accelerators rely on laser- or particle beam-driven intense plasma waves as accelerating medium, with electric fields 1000 times stronger than in conventional accelerators. This opens pathways to reduce the size of accelerators from the km-scale to the metre-scale, an
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17
JUL
2019

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships – Call now open

STFC has launched a call for the next round of Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. Its aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme. The fellowships will last for five years and are intended for early career researchers who do not have a
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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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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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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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26
MAY
2018

World’s first crabbing of a proton beam

Experts from across the Cockcroft Institute, working closely with colleagues at CERN, have contributed to a technology breakthrough that promises to revolutionise the world of high energy particle physics and is a crucial step along the path to the future development of the Large Hadr
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13
NOV
2017

New doctoral training centre ASHE launched at CI

The Cockcroft Institute has recently been awarded funding for a new doctoral training centre from STFC which had its first kick-off meeting on the 8th November. The Accelerators for Security, Healthcare and Environment (ASHE) project has a number of PhD students in 2017 who will under
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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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24
JUN
2016

Job Vacancies for Beam Diagnostics Experts

Research Coordinator in Beam Diagnostics The QUASAR Group carries out a broad and interconnected research programme into advanced diagnostics for charged particle beams. This includes monitors for profile, intensity, beam loss and position measurements. We are currently looking for an
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