Seminar: Synchrotron Light Illuminates the Origin of the Solar System
Post date: 11/30/2022 - 11:21
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Prof. Tomoki Nakamura (Tohoku University) on Synchrotron Light Illuminates the Origin of the Solar System. The seminar will take place at 10.00 UK time on Thursday 1 December via Zoom on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: Towards Nuclear Physics Driven by Extreme Light at ELI-NP
Post date: 11/24/2022 - 16:45
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr Calin Alexandru Ur (ELI-NP / IFIN-HH) on Towards Nuclear Physics Driven by Extreme Light at ELI-NP. The seminar will take place at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 24 November via Zoom on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: The LCLS-II and the CW X-ray Free Electron Laser: Advancing Operational SRF Technology
Post date: 11/16/2022 - 18:03
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Prof. Tor Raubenheimer (SLAC and Stanford University) on The LCLS-II and the CW X-ray Free Electron Laser: Advancing Operational SRF Technology. The seminar will take place at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 17 November via Zoom on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: Trip the Light Fantastic: Using Artificial Materials to Mediate Novel Wave-Particle Interactions
Post date: 11/09/2022 - 09:55
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Rebecca Seviour (University of Huddersfield) on Trip the Light Fantastic: Using Artificial Materials to Mediate Novel Wave-Particle Interactions. The seminar will take place at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 10 November at Daresbury Laboratory and will also be available via Zoom on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: Machine Learning Project Development in Particle Accelerators: A Business Perspective
Post date: 11/02/2022 - 10:18
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Hector Garcia-Morales (Co-founder and Co-CEO of PickleTech) on Machine Learning Project Development in Particle Accelerators: A Business Perspective. The seminar will take place at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 3 November in the Fisher Room, Denys Wilkinson Building, University of Oxford and will also be available via Zoom on the seminar series Indico page.
Major boost to UK participation in pioneering experiment at CERN
Post date: 10/31/2022 - 10:36
The John Adams Institute (JAI) in Oxford Physics is one of the beneficiaries of a major award from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to support the participation of UK institutions in the AWAKE experiment at CERN.
Seminar: The Societal Impact of CERN Accelerator Technologies: From Cancer Therapy to Artwork Analysis
Post date: 10/26/2022 - 17:08
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Maurizio Vretenar (CERN) on The Societal Impact of CERN Accelerator Technologies: From Cancer Therapy to Artwork Analysis. The seminar will take place at 15.45 UK time on Thursday 27 October in the Fisher Room, Denys Wilkinson Building, University of Oxford and will also be available via Zoom on the seminar series Indico page.
LhARA – next-generation radiotherapy for cancer treatment
Post date: 10/19/2022 - 08:50
The UK is investing £2M to kick-start research on next-generation radiotherapy treatments for cancer through the establishment of the Ion Therapy Research Facility (ITRF). A major project at the ITRF, the Laser hybrid Accelerator for Radiobiology Applications (LhARA), will use laser sources to create intense proton and ion beams which it will steer to their target with the help of plasma lenses. Developing these new technologies will mean that LhARA can provide more types of ions with greater control over how they are used for treatment than is possible with current radiotherapy facilities, and do this at a lower cost.
Seminar: 20 Years of Photo Electrons at the Photo Injector Test facility at DESY in Zeuthen (PITZ): High Brightness Electron Sources and their Applications
Post date: 10/12/2022 - 09:25
The first seminar of the new academic year 2022-2023 will be given by Dr. Frank Stephan (DESY, Zeuthen) on 20 Years of Photo Electrons at the Photo Injector Test facility at DESY in Zeuthen (PITZ): High Brightness Electron Sources and their Applications. The seminar will take place at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 13 October at Daresbury Laboratory and will also be available via Zoom on the seminar series Indico page.
A gentle August for the JAI was kicked into life last week as Oxford DPhil student Luke Dyks successfully defended his thesis. Luke joined the JAI in 2018 following an undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester and has spent the past few years working on the CLEAR user facility at CERN.
Further to their remote seminar in March, the first year JAI students visited CERN on Monday 18th July 2022 and delivered a presentation to mark the end of their design project which was on a proposed design for the Future Circular Collider electron-positron (FCC-ee) particle physics research facility. The presentation was very-well received and this will be followed by a report which will be available on cds.cern.ch (link to follow).
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Rende Steerenberg (CERN) on The CERN LHC Injector Complex. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 16th June and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by by Dr. Karen Kirkby (University of Manchester) on Lessons learnt in building a research capability for proton therapy; informing the design of a future Ion Therapy Research facility. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 9th June and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: Distributed Coupling Linear Accelerators and their Applications
Post date: 05/30/2022 - 21:00
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Sami Tantawi (SLAC) on Distributed Coupling Linear Accelerators and their Applications. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Tuesday 31st May and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Daniel Schulte (CERN) on The Muon Collider. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 26th May and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Andrea Latina (CERN) on the H2020 CompactLight Design Study. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 19th May and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: IsoDAR@YEMILAB and its Next-generation Proton Cyclotron
Post date: 05/11/2022 - 10:57
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Prof. Roger Barlow (University of Huddersfield) on IsoDAR@YEMILAB and its Next-generation Proton Cyclotron. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 12th May and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Christoph Steier (LBNL) and Dr. Daniela Leitner (LBNL) on the ALS Upgrade Goals and Project Status. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 5th May and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Dan Faircloth (ISIS/RAL) on Ion Sources. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 28th April and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: Accelerator Physics at Fermilab's IOTA Ring
Post date: 03/09/2022 - 14:14
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Prof. Sergei Nagaitsev (Fermilab & University of Chicago) and will discuss Accelerator Physics at Fermilab's IOTA Ring. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16.15 UK time on Thursday 10th March and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
The first year JAI students will be presenting the work that they have done towards their first-year Design Project on Thursday 10th March 2022 at 11.00-12.00 UK time. The aim of this year’s Design Project is to prepare a study for the proposed Future Circular Collider electron-positron (FCC-ee) particle physics research facility. The seminar will be held online and can be accessed via this Zoom link.
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr Quinn Marksteiner of Los Alamos National Laboratory and will discuss Space-borne Accelerators. The seminar will be given via Zoom at 16:15 UK time on Thursday 3rd March and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: Present Performance and Future Opportunities at the ORNL Spallation Neutron Source
Post date: 01/25/2022 - 15:25
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be given by Dr. Fulvia Pilat of Jefferson Laboratory, and will discuss the pesent performance and future opportunities at the ORNL Spallation Neutron Source. The talk will be given via zoom at 16:15 on Thursday 27th January, and can be accessed on the seminar series Indico page.
The joint UK seminar series is returning for winter 2022. The series, running from 20th January until 10th March, will cover a variety of different topics. A full list of topics can be found on the seminar series Indico page.
The first seminar will be given by Mark James Boland of the University of Saskatchewan, and will discuss the brightest light in Canada, the Canadian Light Source.
Challenges in Beam Instrumentation and Diagnostics
Post date: 12/02/2021 - 12:04
Dr. Thibaut Lefevre of CERN will be giving the next joint UK accelerator seminar on Thursday 2nd of December at 16:15. The talk will be given on Zoom, details of which can be found on the seminar series Indico page.
Superconducting RF at CERN: Past Achievements and Future Challenges
Post date: 11/17/2021 - 10:52
Walter Venturini Delsolaro of CERN will be giving the next joint UK accelerator seminar on Thursday 18th of November at 16:15. The talk will be given on Zoom, details of which can be found on the seminar series Indico page.
Status of the International Accelerator Facility FAIR
Post date: 11/11/2021 - 10:29
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be held on Thursday 11th November at 16:15. Dr. Peter Jurgen Spiller will be giving a talk on Layout, Goals and Construction Status of the International Accelerator Facility FAIR. Further details and a Zoom link can be found on the seminar series Indico page.
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science.
The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 36 months and is grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 pa.
The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science at the University of Oxford and Diamond Light Source Ltd. are seeking a highly qualified post-doctoral research assistant to carry out research in the area of accelerator physics and in particular into collective effects in multi-bend achromat storage rings for synchrotron light sources.
The successful candidate will work with members of the Diamond Accelerator Physics Group in studies of collective effects relevant to the Diamond-II upgrade. These studies will establish how the electron beam interacts with its surrounding environment through wakefields or particle-ion interactions, each of which can potentially degrade the beam properties or cause it to become unstable. The successful candidate will investigate ways to mitigate these effects, such as the use of harmonic cavities, feedback systems or changes to the machine optics, and will actively collaborate with other technical groups working on the design.
The next seminar in the joint UK seminar series will be held on extraordinary time of 16:15 on Wednesday 3rd November. Dr. Maurizio Vretenar of CERN will be giving a talk on The CERN Next Ion Medical Machine Study: Towards a Next Generation of Accelerators for Ion Therapy of Cancer. Further details and a Zoom link can be found on the seminar series Indico page.
As is traditional we will hold an end-of-year ‘JAI Fest’ to celebrate the research achievements of JAI members, focussing on the work of our students and postdocs. A preliminary date for the 2021 Fest is December 10th, so pencil it into your diaries (or modern electronic equivalent).
The third lecture of the joint UK accelerator institutes seminar series will take a look at the PIP-II project at Fermilab. Professor Lia Merminga will be giving the talk at 16:15 on Thursday 28th of October. Further details of the talk, including the Zoom video link, can be found on on the seminar series Indico page.
Seminar: Quantum Beams - Single Electron/Photon Physics
Post date: 10/18/2021 - 08:37
Following the successful relaunch of the joint UK Seminar Series last week, Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay will be discussing the topic of quantum beams. The talk will be given at 16:15 on Thursday 21st October on Zoom. Further details and the Zoom link can be found on on the seminar series Indico page.
After a successful first seminar series in the summer of 2021, the JAI and the Cockroft institute have announced a second seminar series for the autumn. The series has been organised jointly by both institutes, and will contain a plethora of cutting edge accelerator physics topics that looks to even surpass the range of the previous series.
The first seminar will be given by Dr. Walter Wuensch of CERN on Thursday 14th October at 16:15. Dr. Wuensch will be talking about the recently announced collaboration between CERN and Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, CHUV, which aims to build a facility to perform the cutting edge "FLASH radiotherapy".
The Department of Physics is seeking to strengthen our programme in Accelerator Physics with the appointment of an Associate Professor or Professor in Particle Accelerator Physics with effect from 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Worcester College, under arrangements described in the job description. The combined University and College salary will be in the range £48,114 to £64,605 per annum plus substantial additional benefits including a College housing allowance of £9,660 p.a., a research and tutorial allowance of £1,752 p.a. and an entertainment allowance of £450 p.a. An allowance of £2,804 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title. Full Professors also have access to further merit-based pay awards.
Mr. Christopher Adams and friends visit the John Adams Institute
Post date: 09/28/2021 - 18:30
On Friday 24th September we were delighted to receive an informal visit from Mr. Christopher Adams, son of Sir John Adams, and a group of friends. Their cycle ride from London to Oxford ended, most appropriately, at the John Adams Institute! The photograph shows JAI Director Phil Burrows giving an al fresco update on the Institute’s progress in the late summer sunshine, across the road from the JAI’s home, the Denys Wilkinson Building, with Christopher Adams to his right.
Joint UK accelerator institutes seminar series concludes
Post date: 06/28/2021 - 14:50
The inaugural joint UK accelerator institutes seminar series has ended after a octet of thrilling seminars. The series was by all accounts a roaring success and covered all types of accelerator research ranging from the smallest laser driven accelerators to the monolithic FCC-hh.
Following a successful start to the joint UK accelerator institutes seminar series, the second talk will be given by Dr. Ian Martin on 6th May at 16:15. Dr. Martin's talk will be on the new proposed upgrade to the existing Diamond Light Source, the so called Diamond-II, and can be accessed via the series indico page.
To kick off Trinity term in style, the first of the talks in the new joint UK seminar series will be given on 29th April at 16:15. Dr. Lindroos' talk will be on the status of the European Spallation Source (ESS) and can be accessed via the series indico page.
UK Joint Accelerator Institutes Seminar Series Announced
Post date: 04/22/2021 - 10:40
The two UK particle accelerator institutes, the John Adams Institute and the Cockroft Institute, as well as the STFC's Accelerator Science and Technology Centre are delighted to announce the start of a joint seminar series. The seminar series will begin on the 29th April with a talk from Mats Lindroos on the status of the European Spallation Source and will continue for eight weeks. The topics proposed for discussion range across the entire field of accelerator physics from the AWAKE plasma wakefield project to how we can use machine learning in our work.
One of the biggest mysteries in modern physics is the nature of so called dark matter particles. The illusive particles are thought to make up about 27% of the mass in the universe but their detection has so far evaded scientists. A new facility planned at CERN, the eSPS, seeks to change that. The facility, based around CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS), will provide electron beams of up to 18 GeV to the Light Dark Matter eXperiment (LDMX), which would search for dark matter in the mass range we find most ordinary matter, a few MeV to GeV. The current first year PhD students at the John Adams Institute were tasked with completing a design study on the eSPS and then presented the results.
With Hilary term drawing to a close we reach the final talk of our current JAI seminar series. In many ways the best talk has been saved until last. The first year JAI students will be presenting the work that they have done towards their first year design project on Thursday 11th March at 16:15. The aim of this year’s JAI student project is to prepare a design of the primary electron beam for the electron-Super Proton Synchrotron (eSPS) at CERN. Due to the problems caused by Covid, the work done by the students had to be done online, but this has not diminished its quality! Obviously this also means the talk will have to be done via Zoom, which can be accessed by this Zoom link.
The penultimate talk in the 2021 Hilary Term JAI lecture series will take place on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 16:15. The talk, to be given by Dr. John Thomason of STFC-RAL, will discuss the proposed upgrade to the ISIS Muon and Neutron Source, ISIS-II. As with the rest of the series, the current Covid-19 related turmoil means that the talk will be given via Zoom, which can be accessed by this Zoom link.
The sixth talk in the JAI seminar series is due to be given on Thursday 25th February at 16:15, by Dr. Alexander Gerbershagen of CERN. The talk entitled Physics vs. cancer, will discuss the hot topics in particle therapy accelerator development. As has become the norm since the beginning of the current Covid-crisis, the talk will be held on Zoom, which can be accessed by this Zoom link.
The Hilary term JAI lecture series has reached its half way point. Despite this, there's no let up in the quality of the talks on offer! The next talk will be given by Dr. Makoto Tobiyama of KEK on the SuperKEKB accelerator. The talk, which will be given on 18th February, at the exceptional time of 14:00, will be held via Zoom and can be accessed by this Zoom link.
The fourth talk in the 2021 JAI seminar series will be given by Professor Lucio Rossi of the University of Milano. The talk entitled "Superconducting Magnets: an enabling technology for physics research and for society" will be given on Thursday 11th February 2021 at 16:00. The talk can be accessed via this by this Zoom link.
JAI Seminar: Overview of the International Linear Collider
Post date: 01/29/2021 - 14:57
The first two talks of the 2021 JAI seminar series have been a great success explaining two rather interesting topics to packed audiences. The third talk, to be given on Thursday 4th February 2021, aims to do the same. Professor Shinichiro Michizono, of KEK, will be giving a seminar on the International Linear Collider (ILC). The talk, to be given at the exceptional start time of 15:00, will cover the current status of the ILC and what the next steps will be in terms of its realisation. The talk will be give via Zoom and can be accessed by this Zoom link.
After last week's successful first talk in the 2021 JAI seminar series, an event attended virtually by over 40 physicists, Frank Zimmerman of CERN will this week give a talk on the proposed Future Circular Collider (FCC). The talk is due to start at 16:15 on Thursday 28th January and will hosted on this Zoom link.
The design of a potential new electron facility at CERN has been published as a conceptual design report (CDR). The so called eSPS project, will involve injecting electron beams into the existing CERN super proton synchrotron (SPS), and has been designed by a collaboration including several researchers from the John Adams Institute. Published on 18th December 2020, the CDR can found here.
The ever popular JAI seminar series will be continuing over Hilary Term despite all of the mayhem thrown up by the current pandemic. Obviously, the lectures will not be able to take place in person and will instead be held virtually over Zoom. The new schedule, which can be found on the JAI Lectures tab, is a veritable smorgasbord of exciting topics from world leading experts in accelerator physics.
The first such talk will take place on Thursday 21st January 2021, and will be given by Steinar Stapnes of CERN on the new eSPS facility, a proposed accelerator complex, with design input from members of the JAI, to be built at CERN.
Over recent years there has been a resurgence in interest in the use of Very High Energy Electron (VHEE) beams for radiotherapy. Due to this increase, there was a bumper attendance at the VHEE2020 International Workshop, held over 5th - 7th October 2020, and organised by CERN. More than 400 scientists with diverse backgrounds, from clinicians to biologists and accelerator physicists to dosimetry experts, several of whom were from the JAI, gathered virtually to evaluate and discuss the perspectives of this novel technique. The workshop followed a similar one organised in 2017 in Daresbury with the large increase in attendance demonstrates the increasing interest in the field.
The annual JAI fest, took place on Friday 11th December and was by all accounts a roaring success. Obviously due to the ongoing situation it was impossible to hold the meeting in person and it had to be held on Zoom. However, this provided no dampener on the excitement of the event, with many interesting talks given by the younger members of the JAI, the details of which can be found on the Indico page.
In some more great news to close a disrupted but altogether successful year for the JAI, Oxford DPhil student Eugenio Senes has successfully submitted and defended his thesis. Eugenio joined the JAI in 2017 following a successful period as a technical student at CERN. Since beginning his DPhil Eugenio has worked mostly on the Advanced WAKefield Experiment (AWAKE) at CERN as well as CERN's proton synchrotron.
Christmas at the JAI is normally a time where we get together for our annual JAI festival, a gathering to celebrate the work of our young researchers. Obviously due to the ongoing chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic this year's meeting will not be able to be held in person and will, therefore, be held in an online Zoom-style meeting. The Indico page can be found by clicking this link!
The meeting is set to occur on FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2020!
Professor Simon Hooker from the John Adams Institute at the University of Oxford has been awarded the Institute of Physics’ Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize in recognition of his distinguished contributions to plasma physics
Welcome to the 2020 cohort of JAI/Oxford DPhil students!
Post date: 10/19/2020 - 15:28
We welcome Emily Archer, Pablo Arrutia Sota, Joseph Bateman and Cameron Robertson (L to R in the photo) who join us as D.Phil. students this October. As a sign of the times the traditional welcome drink was replaced by an autumnal distanced walk in the University Parks with JAI Director Phil Burrows. The JAI graduate course is being delivered remotely this term so the walk provided both fresh air and an opportunity for the Oxford team to catch up in person.
Updated studies of the luminosity performance of CLIC
Post date: 10/19/2020 - 11:39
As well as contributing to the upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, researchers at the JAI are helping to design its possible replacement. In a new paper, members of the JAI, working with researchers from CERN, have shown how the luminosity performance of the Compact Linear Accelerator could be significantly higher than its design target.
JAI playing leading role in Large Hadron Collider Upgrade
Post date: 10/15/2020 - 19:56
Members of the John Adams Institute are working as part of a global effort to upgrade the largest physics experiment on Earth, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The upgrade to the LHC, known as the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC), aims to vastly increase the number of collisions that occur in each of the four detectors allowing physicists to probe deeper into the origins of the universe.
Two new Postdoctoral Research Associates positions in plasma wakefield acceleration have become available at Imperial College London, the closing date for both is 4th November 2020. Applications must be through the links provided.
Large Hadron Collider enters new phase with Oxford playing key role
Post date: 09/14/2020 - 14:07
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is by far the world’s largest, highest-energy subatomic particle collider. In order to increase its reach in exploring the subatomic universe in the search for Dark-Matter and other new particles, LHC will be upgraded to provide an even higher rate (the ‘luminosity’) of proton-proton collisions. ‘High-Luminosity LHC’ (HL-LHC) will push these boundaries from the mid - 2020s onwards and the Oxford John Adams Institute (JAI) team, led by Professor Philip Burrows, is playing a key role.
In the third of a hat-trick of JAI PhD successes in 2020, Oxford student Jan Paszkiewicz has successfully submitted his DPhil thesis. Since joining the JAI in 2016 Jan has spent the past few years investigating vacuum breakdowns in the high-power RF systems needed for the Compact Linear Collider, CLIC, and its technological offshoots.
Designing new radiotherapy technologies to treat cancer in low- and middle-income countries
Post date: 07/01/2020 - 13:26
The John Adams Institute is co-leading a new project that aims to design and develop new radiotherapy technologies to give more cancer patients in Sub-Saharan Africa access to treatment and to save lives.
Professor Brian Foster awarded IOP Honorary Fellowship
Post date: 07/01/2020 - 13:16
Professor Brian Foster OBE, FRS from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the highest honour that the Institute of Physics can bestow.
JAI Seminar: Physics Beyond Colliders at CERN: New discoveries beyond new supercolliders?
Post date: 06/22/2020 - 15:08
On Thursday 5th March, Dr. Alexander Gerbershagen, of CERN, gave a JAI seminar on how the Physics Beyond Colliders (PBC) project could yield exciting new discoveries in particle physics without requiring the use of a massive supercollider.
In a welcome break from the trials and tribulations of the current COVID-19 lockdown, Oxford DPhil student, Pierre Korysko, has successfully submitted and defended his thesis. A member of the JAI since 2016, Pierre has spent the last three years working on intensity-dependent effects in future linear colliders.
Student Design Project: A Rapid Cycling Synchrotron for a Muon Collider
Post date: 06/01/2020 - 22:24
Could a muon collider be a solution to the problems particle physics faces when pushing the boundaries of the high energy frontier? As part of their JAI accelerator physics course, the current first year PhD students have been completing a design study on the acceleration stage of such a muon collider, detailing the benefits of such a project as well as its downsides.
Despite the mayhem of the current lockdown, Oxford DPhil student, Chetan Gohil, has successfully submitted and defended his thesis. A member of the JAI since 2016, Chet's work of the past few years has been to characterise dynamic imperfections in the Compact Linear Collider, CLIC, a proposed TeV-scale electron-positron collider under development at CERN.
Join us tomorrow at the University of Oxford for JAI Fest 2019!
The Fest will be held in the Dennis Sciama Lecture Theatre, Denys Wilkinson Building, starting with an early lunch/refreshments from 11:30. The scientific programme will start shortly after noon and will conclude around 18:00 with a drinks reception.
Anyone interested in the work of the John Adams Institute is welcome to attend!
Join us on Friday 8th November at 2:15 at the University of Oxford for our first John Adams seminar of the academic year!
Dr. Robert Apsimon from the University of Lancaster will be speaking on "Cleaning up the planet with particle accelerators".
Where: Fisher Room, L5, Denys Wilkinson building, University of Oxford When: 2:15, Friday 8th November
Further details can be found here.
We will hold our annual John Adams Institute Fest on FRIDAY DECEMBER 6th in Oxford Physics.
Colleagues from our groups at RHUL, Imperial and Oxford will come together for our annual JAI science gathering at which we celebrate our research programme via presentations mainly from our students and postdocs on their exciting work in accelerator science and technology.
Third year JAI student Lucy Martin works at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, in Oxfordshire, studying beams containing large numbers of particles:
High intensity particle beams are required in a number of applications - not just for particle physics. However, when a large number of particles are confined within an accelerator the forces between these particles can lead to collective effects and ultimately particle loss. We use a linear Paul trap, known as the Intense Beam Experiment (IBEX), to experimentally replicate the particle dynamics within a high intensity accelerator.
European Strategy for Particle Physics Update (ESU)
Post date: 06/29/2019 - 16:37
The European particle physics (PP) community is in the process of updating its strategy with a forward look over the next couple of decades. The last strategy update was in 2013 when the two main scientific recommendations with implications for the accelerator field were:
Manjit Dosanjh appointed Visiting Professor at the John Adams Institute, Oxford Physics Department
Post date: 06/29/2019 - 16:32
Manjit Dosanjh is Senior Advisor for Medical Applications at CERN. She is an experienced molecular toxicologist in mechanisms of cancer resulting from environmental exposure and damage. She graduated in biochemistry/chemistry and holds a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the UK and after her post-doctoral position at MIT, she has held positions as senior research staff at LBNL Berkeley, BEST professor Jackson State University, visiting professor at University of Padua, University of Cagliari and University of Surrey.
Accelerating the Future: Designing a Robust and Affordable Radiation Therapy Treatment System for Challenging Environments
Post date: 06/29/2019 - 16:20
The 4th Conference to coordinate efforts to design and develop an affordable and robust yet technically sophisticated linear accelerator-based radiation therapy treatment (RTT) system was held in Gabarone, Botswana on March 20-22, 2019. The conference was sponsored by STFC with funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and supported by CERN and ICEC.
This year Rebecca Ramjiawan and Leon Van Riesen-Haupt, DPhil students at the university of Oxford, successfully and submitted and defended their theses. Both will go on to jobs within the field of particle accelerators, with Leon starting a CERN fellowship and Rebecca taking a post doc position as part of the AWAKE project at CERN.
Third year John Adams PhD student Chetan Gohil has spent the last two years at CERN, working on a measurement campaign to characterise stray magnetic fields. Here Chetan explains why these measurements are so important:
Measuring 27 km in circumference, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest and highest energy particle accelerator in the world. However, in the not too distant future the LHC could be dwarfed by a potential new accelerator, the Future Circular Collider (FCC). If built the FCC will be 100 km in circumference and will be able to collide two beams of protons to an energy over seven times higher than the LHC.
Third year John Adams PhD student Jan Paszkiewicz has spent the last two years at CERN, working on vital RF technology for future accelerators using high gradient X-band test stands. Here Jan explains how these test stands work and why they're so important:
Dr Suzie Sheehy: The case for curiosity driven research
Post date: 01/07/2019 - 12:58
Dr Suzie Sheehy is an academic, science communicator and member of the JAI, based at the University of Oxford, where she holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Her research focuses on developing particle accelerators for future applications in areas such as medicine and energy.
In June 2018 Suzie spoke at TEDxSydney on “The case for curiosity driven research”. This talk has now reached over 1 million viewers online and describes how curiosity driven research, research purely for the sake of learning something new, can lead to the development of technology.
The annual festive meeting of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science will be hosted at Royal Holloway University of London on 7th December 2018, when over 50 delegates from Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, Royal Holloway's Physics Department, and CERN, will converge to review another year of successful research in the exciting field of Accelerator Science!
Professor Philip Burrows became Interim Director of the John Adams Institute effective June 2018. He succeeds Prof. Andrei Seryi, who has taken up the post of Associate Director for Accelerator Operations, Research and Development at the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in the USA.
On 29th September, Lucy Martin (JAI, Oxford) and Sophie Bashforth (JAI, RHUL) performed the ‘Accelerate!’ show for the Curiosity Carnival, Oxford’s version of ‘European Researchers Night’. Lucy and Sophie report on their experience:
Research in UK accelerator institutes, John Adams and Cockcroft, are in large extent based on graduate training, centered around active engagement in forefront projects and work on accelerator facilities.
In March of 2016 Suzie Sheehy (JAI) once again took to the main stage at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, co-presenting the headline show alongside TV presenter and food writer Stefan Gates and mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry (UCL).
Accelerator science has demonstrated a rich history of inventions, often inspired by Nature itself. The history of accelerator science, expressed in the form of the so-called Livingston plot which shows energy reached versus time, describes this history via a sequence of ascending steps corresponding to the birth and saturation of particular technologies of acceleration, followed by the birth of even newer technologies.
Starting this year, JAI has become a partner of the Joint Universities Accelerator School – JUAS. It is the fifteenth university partner collaborating within the framework of this international school.
JAI participated in UK-Russia Joint Committee on Scientific and Technical Co-operation, Oct 2013
Post date: 10/29/2013 - 15:01
Earlier this month, JAI participated in the 11th session of the Ministerial UK-Russia Joint Committee on Scientific and Technical Co-operation, held at the Royal Society, London. The meeting represented an important milestone in strengthening the cooperation between the two countries.
The JAI hosts the 3rd Low Emittance Ring Workshop in Oxford
Post date: 07/29/2013 - 12:14
The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science has hosted the 3rd Low Emittance Ring Workshop in Oxford on July 8th-10th. The workshop was attended by more than 80 scientists representing 25 institutes and brought together accelerator experts from the community of light sources, colliders and damping rings. The workshop was organised in five sessions covering many aspects of the design and operation of low emittance accelerators, the challenges with collective effects and the most recent technology advancements in magnets, vacuum and diagnostics design.
FLASHForward to the future – Helmholtz Virtual Institute
Post date: 07/04/2013 - 17:41
At the beginning of July 2013, the Helmholtz Virtual Institute (VI) in which JAI is one of the partners, officially started.
This VI is aimed at research on plasma wakefield acceleration of highly relativistic electrons. It brings together the leading accelerator centres to address topics at the forefront of accelerator research.
The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is expanding, with a new research base at Imperial College London joining two existing centres at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Oxford.
The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science has recently hosted the visit of a delegation from the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR, Russia) to UK on 26-28 April 2011.
JINR is an international intergovernmental scientific research organisation, which has 18 member states, and another 6 countries as associated members. The three main activities of JINR are elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, and condensed matter physics.
The John Adams Institute and the Physics Department of QMUL hosted the SuperB mini-workshop.
The John Adams Institute and the Physics Department of QMUL organised a mini-workshop to explore the possible interests of the UK accelerator and detector communities in the recently funded SuperB project.
The aim was to provide updated information on the various aspects of the project and to participate in discussions so that anyone with a potential interest in SuperB had the opportunity to step forward and participate.
As a result of the official visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to Moscow on September 11-12, 2011, an MOU has been signed on Monday September 12 between JAI and the Nuclear Cluster of the Skolkovo Fund for Developing and Commercialising New Technologies.
The determination of the duration and of the time profile of electron bunches that are highly relativistic and only a few femtoseconds long (like those produced by laser-driven particle acceleration) is an important but also a challenging task.
APPEAL-2 Teachers conference took place in the department on Saturday 2nd July 2011. The conference offered teachers the opportunity to update their knowledge of the physics underlying the LHC and the connection between accelerator science, particle physics and astronomy.
The conference aimed to answer questions such as "What is the origin of the Universe?", "How are LHC experiments connected to astronomy and dark matter?" and "What are the applications of particle accelerators in our daily lives?".
The annual meeting of the JAI Advisory Board (AB) took place in Oxford on April 18-19 of 2011. The board, chaired by Dr. Ewart Blackmore (TRIUMF, Canada), reviewed the JAI scientific and training programmes and the plans for further developments of the Institute.
Accelerator physicists working on the recently funded SuperB accelerator in Italy have been collaborating with Diamond’s and JAI's accelerator physicists to test new techniques for low emittance tuning, which can potentially benefit both Diamond and the SuperB.
JAI makes a "Big Bang" at the British Science Festival
Post date: 09/10/2010 - 01:00
From September 14-17th, a team of Oxford Physics students (led by JAI final year DPhil student Suzie Sheehy) visited the British Science Festival to perform 16 shows about particle accelerators to 11-14 year old students.
Suzanne Sheehy has been awarded an 1851 Fellowship and will be the Commission's Brunel Research Fellow for 2010. This is awarded annually to the highest placed successful candidate for an 1851 Fellowship who has proposed an engineering project which will be pursued in an academic environment.