02
OCT
2020

Funding award for Optical Fibre Analysis System

A new STFC-funded project for developing an advanced machine protection system based on optical fibre technology was started this month by the QUASAR Group, based at the Cockcroft Institute. Research into an Optical Fibre Analysis System (OASYS) targets a novel diagnostic for beam los
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12
AUG
2020

Cockcroft Institute scientists create compact particle accelerators which drive electrons to near the speed of light at 100 times higher frequency

Scientists from the Cockcroft Institute have successfully developed a pocket-sized particle accelerator capable of projecting ultra-short electron beams with laser light at more than 99.99% of the speed of light. To achieve this result, the researchers, led by Lancaster and Manchester
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03
JUL
2020

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships 2020/21 – 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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17
JUN
2020

Designing new radiotherapy technologies to treat cancer in low and middle-income countries

The Cockcroft Institute is taking part in a new project to design and develop new radiotherapy technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, giving more cancer patients access to radiotherapy, and saving lives. Bringing together international experts in accelerator design, medical physics and o
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03
JUN
2020

New ASTeC director appointment announced

Congratulations to Professor Jim Clarke, who has been confirmed by STFC executive board as the new director of the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre at Daresbury. Jim will take over some activities immediately and will formally take over the role from Professor Susan Smith on
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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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