The Cockcroft Institute - An International Centre for Accelerator Research and Development serving aspirations of science and society

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

The Cockcroft Institute proposes to : (i) perform generic and blue-sky research and development (R&D), spearheading the next bold steps in the conception of particle accelerators in the service of particle, nuclear, photon and neutron sciences; (ii) perform project specific R&D in Accelerator Science and Technology on large scale scientific facilities in UK or abroad approved nationally and internationally such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, TeV scale Electron-Positron Linear Collider, Neutrino Factories and Muon Colliders, High Luminosity Meson Factories, Superconducting Heavy Ion Linear Accelerators for Nuclear Physics such as HIE-ISOLDE at CERN, facilities for Anti-matter research such as FAIR; next generation photon sources such as the NLS and next generation neutron sources such as the ESS and ISIS upgrades; (iii) lead and manage national deliverables to international projects such as the luminosity upgrades of the Large Hadron Collider, Damping Rings and Positron Sources for the TeV scale electron-positron collider, the International Design Study of a Neutrino factory; potential accelerator systems for the FAIR project; (iv) spearhead novel collider and accelerator concepts to probe deeper into the nature of matter such as the Large Hadron-electron Collider (LHeC) at CERN; (v) explore the fundamental limits of particle acceleration gradient, coldest charged particle beams and the brightest beams achievable in the laboratory; (vi) advance the frontier of technology in meta-materials, lasers, plasmas and photonics for the next generation of particle accelerators; (vii) develop internationally acknowledged and competitive expertise, core competencies and complementary skills base in UK; (viii) implement Knowledge Exchange with industry and society, serving as a National Accelerator Development Centre addressing current issues in Energy (alternative energy sources such as Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactors), Environment (Artificial Transmutation of Waste) and Health (accelerators for particle beam cancer therapy); (ix) integrate seamlessly academia, national research facilities and industry via incubation; (x) educate and train the next generation of enabling scientists and engineers for UK.

Publications

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Burton D (2015) Non-perturbative aspects of particle acceleration in non-linear electrodynamics in Journal of Mathematical Physics

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Burton D (2010) Longitudinal wave-breaking limits in a unified geometric model of relativistic warm plasmas in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical

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Burton D (2011) Exploring Born-Infeld electrodynamics using plasmas in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical

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Burton D (2014) On the entropy of radiation reaction in Physics Letters A

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Burton DA (2010) Mathematical physics activities at the Cockcroft Institute in ICFA Beam Dynamics Newsletter

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Cantero E (2016) Design of a compact Faraday cup for low energy, low intensity ion beams in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Caresana M (2013) LUPIN, a new instrument for pulsed neutron fields in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

 
Description The Cockcroft Institute carries out research across a broad range of activities in charged particle accelerator science and technology. Numerous contributions have been made to this field and to various national and international accelerator facilities by scientists and engineers working in the Institute and supported by this award, and over 200 papers in refereed journals have been published which describe these contributions. The scientific highlights encompass milestones such as the construction and scientific exploitation of the ALICE, EMMA and VELA accelerator test facilities at Daresbury, as well as important contributions to the luminosity upgrade for CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the European Spallation Sources (ESS) in Sweden and the muon anomalous magnetic moment experiment at Fermilab in the USA.
Exploitation Route Much of the current research is ongoing and will continue along clearly defined paths. Opportunities are being sought to address global challenges in health, security, energy, environment and manufacturing.
Sectors Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Security and Diplomacy

URL https://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/dissemination
 
Description The Cockcroft Institute operates a very extensive and stimulating programme of public engagement activities, involving schools, families and the general public. Through a broad range of events, our staff share with the public the many exciting developments in the field and the science that it enables. The Institute is also involved with local hospitals in developing proton beam therapy facilities for cancer patients and is also in partnerships with several large businesses looking at the applications of compact particle accelerators for cargo scanning.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Education,Healthcare,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description BeaPhy
Amount £245,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 624854 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description Beam Profile Measurements
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
Sector Public
Country Switzerland
Start  
 
Description CLIC HG Cavity and Beam Dynamics
Amount £520,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
Sector Public
Country Switzerland
Start  
 
Description CanScan
Amount £209,000 (GBP)
Organisation United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
Sector Public
Country Unknown
Start  
 
Description DDS Main Linac HG Accelerators
Amount £430,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description DITA-IIF
Amount £256,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 624890 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description Development of a Gas-filled Discharged Capillary Waveguide for Plasma Wakefield Acceleration
Amount £19,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EUCARD 2 (WP4)
Amount £36,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 312453 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description EUCARD WP12 RF - Innovative RF Technologies
Amount £452,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 227579 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description EUCARD-CLIC
Amount £37,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 227579 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description EUCARD: European Coordination for Accelerator Research and Development
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 227579 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description EuPRAXIA
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 653782 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description EuroCirCol
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 654305 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description HL-LHC Collimation
Amount £122,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
Sector Public
Country Switzerland
Start  
 
Description HOM Distribution for FLASH
Amount £367,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description HiLumi-HL-LHC Optics and Beam Dynamics
Amount £122,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description High Efficiency Klystrons/LLRF Control and Phase Measurements at XBOX
Amount £372,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
Sector Public
Country Switzerland
Start  
 
Description High Luminosity LHC Design Study
Amount £1,034,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 284404 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description High Power Metamaterials
Amount £51,000 (GBP)
Organisation United States Air Force 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start  
 
Description High Resolution Fibre Optic Particle Detector
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Joint UK/CERN R&D Programme on CLIC
Amount £1,116,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
Sector Public
Country Switzerland
Start  
 
Description LA3NET - Lasers for Applications at Accelerators
Amount £1,200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 289191 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description LHC Collimation
Amount £108,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
Sector Public
Country Switzerland
Start  
 
Description New Technology for the Physical Sciences: Developing a Terahertz-Frequency EPR Spectrometer
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Daiwa Foundation Small Grants 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description OMA
Amount £900 (GBP)
Funding ID 675265 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description Racetrack FFAGs for Medical, PRISM and Energy Applications
Amount £320,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description SiPM in depth
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 329100 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description TWEETHER
Amount £600,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 644678 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description Towards a Compact Proton Irradiator for In-vitro Radiobiological Studies
Amount £62,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Ultra-cold High Brightness Electron Source
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description oPAC - Optimization of Particle Accelerators Network
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 289485 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description Cockcroft Institute public engagement programme 2009-2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact In the past 2 years more than 20 events have taken place and since the start of this award we estimate that there may have been well over 50 of them. They include public lectures, schools visits, lab tours and demonstrations, and participation in national events such as the Big Bang Show and the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibitions. These events have stimulated numerous questions and discussions, and feedback from schools and the general public indicates growing interest in accelerator science and technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013
URL https://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/education-and-training/outreach