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.