Beam Transport and Manipulation of Wakefield-Accelerated Electrons (project summary to follow)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Beam Transport and Manipulation of Wakefield-Accelerated Electrons

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N504129/1 01/10/2015 31/03/2021
1787084 Studentship ST/N504129/1 12/09/2016 31/01/2021 Kay Alana Dewhurst
 
Description Research Student Conference Fund (RSCF)
Amount £300 (GBP)
Organisation Institute of Physics (IOP) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 06/2018
 
Description Cockcroft Beamline at SCAPA 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Guidance on accelerator beamline design including simulations of beam transport. Lead author on conferernce papers.
Collaborator Contribution Procurement of equipment. Project management and expertise on laser wakefield experiments. - University of Strathclyde Particle tracking modl expertise including use of a genetic optimiser. - General Particle Tracer
Impact Two conference papers. A beamline design. Magnet specifications. Parts of the design are still to be finalised and magnets, vacuum parts etc procured. The first magnets will be purchased in the next 6 months. The beamline is to be built as part of the SCAPA facility at the University of Strathclyde.
Start Year 2017
 
Description JSPS Summer Programme Placement at Kyoto University 
Organisation British Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Investigation of FFAG trasport for laser wakefield electrons by simulation.
Collaborator Contribution Mentorship and supervision. Expertise in use of the G4Beamline software. Expertise in use, building and running of FFAGs. Accommodation assistance. - Kyoto University Financial support for substitance and flights. Cultural and language induction. Introduction to the Japanese research community. - JSPS Assistance with the application proceedure and VISA. Point of contact whilst in Japan. - British Council
Impact Partial design for an FFAG beam transport line for a laser wakefield accelerator linked to an undulator was produced. I presented this work at the FFA' 18 International Workshop in Kyoto.
Start Year 2018
 
Description JSPS Summer Programme Placement at Kyoto University 
Organisation Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Department National Institutes of Natural Science
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Investigation of FFAG trasport for laser wakefield electrons by simulation.
Collaborator Contribution Mentorship and supervision. Expertise in use of the G4Beamline software. Expertise in use, building and running of FFAGs. Accommodation assistance. - Kyoto University Financial support for substitance and flights. Cultural and language induction. Introduction to the Japanese research community. - JSPS Assistance with the application proceedure and VISA. Point of contact whilst in Japan. - British Council
Impact Partial design for an FFAG beam transport line for a laser wakefield accelerator linked to an undulator was produced. I presented this work at the FFA' 18 International Workshop in Kyoto.
Start Year 2018
 
Description JSPS Summer Programme Placement at Kyoto University 
Organisation Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Investigation of FFAG trasport for laser wakefield electrons by simulation.
Collaborator Contribution Mentorship and supervision. Expertise in use of the G4Beamline software. Expertise in use, building and running of FFAGs. Accommodation assistance. - Kyoto University Financial support for substitance and flights. Cultural and language induction. Introduction to the Japanese research community. - JSPS Assistance with the application proceedure and VISA. Point of contact whilst in Japan. - British Council
Impact Partial design for an FFAG beam transport line for a laser wakefield accelerator linked to an undulator was produced. I presented this work at the FFA' 18 International Workshop in Kyoto.
Start Year 2018
 
Description First LEGO League (FLL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Around 120 school children aged 9 to 16 attended to compete in the First LEGO League Regional Tournament. Teams are scored on their performance in a Robot Game, Project Presentation and Core Values. Learners developed key scientific skills during the project including problem solving, presentation and computer coding skills. Schools reported that the learners benefitted by being assisted by professional scientists in a working laboratory setting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/about/faq/index.cfm
 
Description INFUSE (Inspiring Future Scientists) Speaker Event at the University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Around 30 year 10 pupils (aged 14-15) involved in the University of Manchester's INFUSE programme attended for a day of activities in the Physics Department. These students are chosen from local schools which have few pupils go onto higher education. I presented my research using a powerpoint slides and salad bowl accelerator demonstration. Students were engaged and asked questions about how I became a PhD student, what it is like to study at university and how it differs from study at school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Member of the IOP Particle Accelerators and Beams Group committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The PABG committee meet approxiamtely 4 times per year to organise events and discuss issues relevant to group members. Conferences and workshops with different themes are organised throughout the year and a newsletter informs members of the group's activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020
URL http://www.iop.org/activity/groups/subject/pab/index.html
 
Description Particle Physics Masterclass at Daresbury 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Masterclass is aimed at AS/A level Physics students and their teachers. The day involved a site visit to the facilities, interactive activities, demonstratons, workshops and lectures. I was involved in presenting interactive demonstrations based around static electricity, superconductors and particle physics. The day was aimed to inspire pupils to continue studying physics and consider how their studies could be applied to a career in the field. In one activity students asked questions of the Lab's apprentices: the feedback was that the students particularly enjoyed this interaction and careers advice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/activities-for-schools/particle-physics-for-you/particle-phy...
 
Description Particle Physics Masterclass at Daresbury Laboratory 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 250 A-level students and their teachers attended for a school visit to Daresbury Laboratory. The students were involved in various workshops, lectures and activities based on accelerator physics, particle physics and career advice. I delivered a computer based workshop and practical demonstrations related to my research. The activites prompted questions and discussions from the students and teachers. Feedback from the schools was very positive, with content pitched at the correct level for the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/activities-for-schools/particle-physics-for-you/particle-phy...
 
Description PhDiscussion Showcase Event at the University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Around 20 - 30 undergraduate students attended a series of talks given by postgraduate students at the University of Manchester. I presented my research and experience as a PhD student, which sparked questions and discussion. The students used the session to help decide how and when to apply for postgraduate positions and whether research was the right next step for them after their undergraduate studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Access Days at Daresbury Laboratory 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over 320 members of the local general public attended an open day at Daresbury Laboratory on the Friday, with more (around 600) attending over the following Saturday and Sunday. Some groups from the local community with low-science-captial were specially invited to attend. I contributed by leading some IOP Science Busking activities. Feedback from attendees was positive, with some reporting a change in their school subject option choices toward science and engineering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/activities-for-the-public/visit-daresbury-laboratory/
 
Description Sustainability Challenge (Ethical Grand Challenges) Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The Sustainability Challenge is run as part of Welcome week at the University of Manchester and around 8,000 first year undergraduate students take part. I ran a session with ~35 students in my classroom. The students work in groups, considering and balancing cost, CO2 levels, social impact and environmental impact of a project. At the end of the session each group presents their results. One of the biggest impacts is this activity acts as an icebreaker allowing new students from different courses, backgrounds and home-towns to make connections and friends. It also encourages discussion and consideration of environmental issues and how projects run. Finally the students can opt to complete more of the "Ethical Grand Challenges" throughout their time at University in order to gain a Stellify award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.egc.manchester.ac.uk/sustainability/
 
Description Tactile Collider (Bradford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Around 50 - 100 learners with visual impairments from around the Bradford area attended the Tactile Collider workshop. I lead hands-on tactile activities designed to be accessable to, and engage the audience with the physics of particle accelerators. Feedback from teachers was very positive, with some pupils changing their opinion that they could become scientists in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://tactilecollider.uk/
 
Description Tactile Collider (CERN Open Day) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Tactile Collider project aims to make the physics of particle accelerators accessible to visually impaired audiences. At this particular event we set up and ran the Tactile Collider workshop as part of the CERN Open Days (2 day weekend). Here I engaged with members of the public visiting the site and made use of the tactile resources to explain the physics of CERN and the discovery of the Higgs boson. There were around 7000 visitors to our particular site (CMS) at the LHC over the 2 days (75,000 visitors in total). Many of the visitors were interested in our explanation with some saying that this was the only description they heard all day that made sense to them. Many visitors asked about future opportunities to see more of the sites at the LHC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://opendays.cern/
 
Description Tactile Collider (Cockcroft Institute) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Around 10-20 postgraduate students and staff members from the Cockcroft Institute were trained in delivering the Tactile Collider outreach activity. Suggestions were made to improve some of the demonstartions and notes involved to make tem more accessible to a visually impaired audience. There were many requests for future involvement in the Tatile Collider project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://tactilecollider.uk/
 
Description Tactile Collider (Thinktank Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Tactile Collider project is designed to make the physics of particle accelerators accessible to visually impaired audiences. At this particular event we brought the project to the science museum in Birimingham (Thinktank) as a visiting exhibit and presented to the general public as well as Scout and Guides groups. Many of the general public were interested and the activities sparked discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://livebrum.co.uk/the-planetarium/2019/03/16/tactile-collider
 
Description Tactile Collider (University of Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Around 30-60 learners with visual impairments from around the Manchester area attended the Tactile Collider workshop. This session was also designed to train members of staff, postgraduate and master's students at the University of Manchester to deliver this outreach activity in the future; around 20 students / staff were trained. I lead hands-on tactile activities designed to be accessable to people with visual impairments and engage the audience with the physics of particle accelerators. I demostrated some of the activities to other staff and students as part of their training. Feedback from teachers was very positive, with some pupils changing their opinion about whether they could become scientists in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://tactilecollider.uk/