Posted on 17/09/2017
Over the last two weeks Royal Holloway, the John Adams institute hosted 70 student accelerator physicists. The Advanced CERN accelerator school is aimed at graduate students and post doctoral research fellows on specialised concepts like transverse and longitudinal particle motion, non-linear dynamics and instabilities. These topics are critical for the smooth and successful operation of accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and a host of smaller accelerators for example the UK’s Diamond Light Source at STFC’s Harwell campus.
The mornings consisted of four hours of formal lectures, whilst the afternoon was hands on specialist courses in accelerator optical simulation, beam instrumentation and radio frequency techniques. This concentration of expertise and experimental equipment is rarely found outside of international high energy physics laboratories and students seized the opportunity to enhance their skills.
Sophie Basforth said of the school "It was amazing to attend such a prestigious school, where advanced topics were explained by experts in the field and we had access to state-of-the-art technology in the labs."
Andrey Abramov added "The school was a great opportunity to network with researchers from around the world, some of whom may be future colleagues or collaborators. I was very proud to have them at my university."
This intensive program was peppered with a social activities to help students deal with the impressive workload and form professional connections between fellow students and instructors alike.These activities include a welcome reception in the picture gallery, a movie night, a boat tour to Windsor and a formal dinner. All the visitors were complimentary of the hospitality and impressive surroundings of Royal Holloway, especially the library and square. The CERN organisers even commenting that the Royal Holloway hosted event was “one of the smoothest in 15 years”. This was made possible behind the scenes by the Physics department members Ian Murray, Charlotte Nedd (laboratory technicians), Sophie Bashforth, Andrey Abramov (physics PhD students), Siobhan Alden (Master’s student) William Shields (Post doc) and Tracy Webster (SFA).