The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Holloway, University of London
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

The past decade has seen a renaissance in accelerator R&D in the UK, building upon the existing expertise at the Rutherford Appleton and Daresbury Laboratories and fuelled by the need to prepare for the generation of particle physics facilities after the LHC. Both the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London have made very significant contributions to this renewed programme. In 2004, the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science was created, jointly hosted by the Departments of Physics of the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London, with support from PPARC and CCLRC, now merged into STFC. The initial programme was focussed on R&D for the Linear Collider and the Neutrino Factory, but has broadened considerably since its inception to include developments of advanced and novel light sources, work on the upgrades for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the ISIS spallation neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and of the new Diamond Light Source on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, and the development of novel accelerators for a variety of applications from medicine (for example, using protons and light ions to treat cancer therapy) to energy (where accelerator-driven sub-critical reactors could contribute to proliferation-safe generation of nuclear energy and help reduce the volume of highly active radioactive waste). A key part of the strategy is the training of a new generation of accelerator scientists able to design, build and operate the new facilities that would be required in the future and we have made excellent progress on this, with more than 20 graduate students and 15 PDRAs being trained by the JAI alone. We propose to continue this programme, as part of a broadly-based collaboration between the universities, the accelerator science institutes (John Adams Institute, the Cockcroft Institute and the STFC Accelerator Science and Technology Centre), and the national laboratories. A key objective is to encourage the development of a domestic industry able to support this work.

Publications

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Agapov I (2009) Tracking studies of the Compact Linear Collider collimation system in Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams

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Agapov I (2009) BDSIM: A particle tracking code for accelerator beam-line simulations including particle-matter interactions in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Bambade P (2010) Present status and first results of the final focus beam line at the KEK Accelerator Test Facility in Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams

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Blackmore V (2009) First measurements of the longitudinal bunch profile of a 28.5 GeV beam using coherent Smith-Purcell radiation in Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams

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Boogert S (2009) Polarimeters and energy spectrometers for the ILC Beam Delivery System in Journal of Instrumentation

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Carter J. (2007) International linear collider simulations using BDSIM in PRAMANA-JOURNAL OF PHYSICS

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Molloy S (2010) Energy- z correlation measurements of electron bunches in Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams

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Sukhikh L (2009) Observation of focusing effect in optical transition and diffraction radiation generated from a spherical target in Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams

 
Description CLIC-UK scheme with CERN
Amount £642,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 
Sector Academic/University
Country Switzerland
Start 04/2011 
End 03/2014
 
Description DITANET (Marie Curie)
Amount £560,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 215080 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2008 
End 06/2013
 
Description EuCARD FP7
Amount £340,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 227579 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2009 
End 12/2013
 
Description Collaborative agreement with CERN 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Simulation studies of CLIC, instrumentation R&D.
Collaborator Contribution Direct collaboration in accelerator physics related to CLIC
Impact new collaboration in the area of CLIC, funded by CERN. Related studies at KEK and DESY in the field of beam instrumentation.
Start Year 2007
 
Description Collaborative agreement with KEK 
Organisation High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
Department ATF2
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Laser-wire and cavity BPM hardware, diffraction radiation studies, electronics, beam control and operation at ATF2.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration in beam physics and instrumentation R&D at the ATF2 facility.
Impact Several publications, plus input to the CLIC studies that have resulted in additional support from CERN.
Start Year 2006
 
Description DITANET 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Department DITANET
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration in beam instrumentation, including laser-wire, nano BPMs and Coherent Diffraction radiation.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration in beam instrumentation R&D
Impact 3 PhDs are underway. Several publications. Further collaborations developing.
Start Year 2008
 
Description EUROTeV 
Organisation European Design Study Towards a Global TeV Linear Collider (EUROTeV)
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution R&D in beam instrumentation and simulation.
Collaborator Contribution R&D in beam instrumentation
Impact Several publications. Further support from the EU and CERN for continued R&D in accelerator physics.
 
Description EuCARD 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department EUCARD Enhanced European Coordination for Accelerator Research & Development
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration in the areas of beam instrumentation and simulation.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration in accelerator physics within Eu FP7
Impact Several publications and further support from CERN for CLIC R&D.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact aoubt 140 students per year take part in active demonstrations, with additional lectures and discussions.

Schools keep returning and brining more students. Increased applications to physics at university can be traced to these activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description Royal Society exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Much discussion and subsequent interest in the field. At least one person applied to CERN as a result of discussion.

Many school students became interested in the subject. At least one person applied to CERN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009