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Accelerator Physics

Accelerator Physics

John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science

The accelerator physics group is part of the John Adams Institute, a joint venture between Royal Holloway, University of Oxford and Imperial College

There is PhD funding available within the Centre for Particle Physics group. For more information please check here.

Accelerators are complex devices to create beams of high energy particles, this could be for industrial processing, treating cancer and particle physics at worlds largest particle collider (Large Hadron Collider). Accelerators are challenging systems and research and development are needed to create, higher energy, more stable, efficient, performant machines.    

Accelerator physics is a wide discipline encompassing, mechanics, relativity, electromagnetism, optics, dynamical systems and instrumentation.  

  • High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) the upgrade to the LHC
  • International Linear Collider (ILC) and Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) future lepton colliders
  • Beam loss simulations using Beam Delivery Simulation (BDSIM)
  • Medical accelerator simulations. Protons and X-rays are used to treat cancer and we perform simulations of these facilities
  • Beam Instrumentation. Devices to measure the position, charge, length, energy, polarisation of high energy beams
  • Avanced dielectric wakefield acceleration
Academics
Dr Stephen Gibson Group leader, deputy director of JAI - HL-LHC and FETs 
Prof Stewart Boogert BDSIM
Dr Pavel Karataev Beam radiation and instrumentation
Senior scientists

Dr Alexey Lyapin

Senior Research Officer
Mr Gary Boorman Senior Research Officer  
Researchers

Dr Alessio Bosco

Research Associate

Dr Laurie Nevay

Research Associate

Dr Hector Garcia Morales  

Research Associate

Dr William Shields

Research Associate

Dr Alberto Arteche

Research Associate

Dr Thomas Hofmann

Honorary Research Associate 

Dr Marcus Palm

Project Associate CERN

Dr Robert Kieffer

Project Associate CERN

Dr Konstantin Lekomtsev

Research Associate
Students

Andrey Abramov

PhD student

Siobhan Alden

PhD student

Sophie Bashforth

PhD student

Gian Luigi D'Alessandro

PhD Student

Theodoros Christodoulou 

PhD student

 

Kirill Fedorov

PhD student

 

Helene Guerin

PhD Student

Daniel Harryman

PhD student

 

Swann Levasseur PhD student

 

Andrei Oleinik

PhD student

 

Helena Lefebvre

PhD student

 

Srinidhi Rajagopalan

EuroMasters student

Pablo Andreas Arrutia Sota

MSc student 

Azzurra Sisi

MSc student

Stuart Walker 

PhD student

 

Thomas Vaughan 

PhD student

 

Niki Vitoratou

PhD Student


Alumni

Dr Hector Garcia Morales   PDRA University of Oxford JAI
Dr Michele Bergamaschi CERN Fellow
  1. BDSIM: An Accelerator Tracking Code with Particle-Matter Interactions. arXiv:1808.10745 
  2. Direct Observation of Incoherent Cherenkov Diffraction Radiation in the Visible Range. Physical Review Letters, Vol. 121, No. 5, 054802, 01.08.2018.
  3. Experimental Validation of a Novel Compact Focusing Scheme for Future Energy-Frontier Linear Lepton Colliders. Physical Review Letters, Vol. 112, No. 3, 24.01.2014.
  4. Comparison between simulated and observed LHC beam backgrounds in the ATLAS experiment at Ebeam = 4 TeV. Journal of Instrumentation, 10.10.2018 
  • Beam-line simulation using BDSIM
  • HL-LHC beam instrumentation
  • FETS beam instrumentation
  • Advanced acceleration

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