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The Physics department offers a wide range of research facilities.

accelerator laboratory

The John Adams Institute accelerator laboratory is a large flexible space (80 square metres currently with a further 110 square metres) for the design, construction and test of accelerator components before moving to the accelerator for commissioning. We have mock ups of systems deployed at PETRAIII, DESY, Hamburg, the ATF2, KEK, Japan and diamond light source. The laboratory contains all the best equipment necessary for radio frequency tests including

  • Fast signal acquisition (upto 8 GigaSamples per second)
  • Spectrum analysers
  • Network analysers
  • Vector signal generation

The central area of the laboratory is devoted to the construction of optical systems before installation at an appropriate accelerator facility. 


We have significant access to computing clusters for performing data analysis, for example ATLAS collision events and simulations as well as electromagnetic simulations. Each node (or computer in the cluster) can operate individually or tasks can be distributed to the entire cluster with the cluster operating as a single computer performing calculations significantly faster than on a desktop computer.

Grid cluster

50 nodes each with 2 x 4-core Intel Xeon, 2.33 GHz = 400 cores.

Each node has 16 Gbyte of RAM and 500 Gbyte of storage, with access to 300 TB of network storage.

Local computation farm

40 nodes with 4 core AMD Phenom-II = 200 cores.

Each node has 8 Gbyte of RAM and 50 Gbyte of storage.

Access Grid

As part of our involvement in SEPnet we have augmented one lecture theatre (Tolansky Building T125) into a state of the art video conferencing facility. 

The facility provides the technologies to have immersive meetings with international partners, lectures across the South East or nationally without having to travel for meetings or conferences. To enable this we use Access Grid software provided via IOCOM with the following hardware :

  • Three high resolution movable video cameras
  • Three wide screen projectors (one just to see the remote audience) 
  • Dedicated computer running IOCOM Access grid software
  • Hardware echo cancellation
  • Inductive loop system for the hard of hearing
  • High fidelity board capture to digitise lectures.

This enables us to

  • Reduce travel for meetings and discussions with collaborators
  • Record lectures or talks (video and the written information).

In addition to T125 we also have a smaller video conference room, The Gardner Room, which can host smaller EVO, skype or normal telephone meetings.

We also have the following facilities to aid our research groups and students.

Cryogenic facilities

 big cryostat top

Laser laboratories





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