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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

Prof 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

Research students

Siobhan Alden PhD student
Gian Luigi D'Alessandro PhD student
Theodoros Christodoulou  PhD student
Kirill Fedorov PhD student
Helene Guerin PhD student
Daniel Harryman PhD student
Andrei Oleinik PhD student
Helena Lefebvre PhD student
Srinidhi Rajagopalan EuroMasters student
Niki Vitoratou PhD student

Alumni

Andrey Abramov CERN Fellow
Swann Levasseur  
Stuart Walker  
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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