UK Accelerator Institutes Seminar Series (Session 1)

Ian Bailey (Cockcroft Institute) , Luke Aidan Dyks (University of Oxford) , Emmanuel Tsesmelis (CERN / University of Oxford) , Peter Williams (Daresbury Laboratory)

UK Accelerator Institutes Seminar Series

Further abstracts will be added in due course.  Seminar slides and recordings can be found in the timetable.

    • 16:15 17:15
      Building the European Spallation Source Accelerator 1h

      Abstract: The European Spallation Source (ESS), currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, is the world’s most powerful linear accelerator (linac) driving a neutron spallation source, with an ultimate beam average power of 5 MW at 2 GeV. The linac accelerates a proton beam of 62.5 mA peak current at 4 % duty cycle (2.86 ms at 14 Hz). The accelerator uses a normal conducting front-end bringing the beam energy to 90 MeV, beyond that the acceleration up to 2 GeV is performed using superconducting structures. The accelerator is built by a European collaboration consisting of 23 European institutes delivering in-kind contributions of most hardware but also of services for installation and testing. More than half of the original 510 M€ for the accelerator budget being in form of in-kind contributions. In this talk, I will give a short introduction to the science planned for ESS, give an overview of the status of the ESS accelerator and comment on the challenges the accelerator collaboration has encountered and how we are together addressing these challenges.

      Speaker: Dr Mats Lindroos (ESS - European Spallation Source (SE))
    • 16:15 17:15
      The Diamond-II Upgrade Project 1h

      Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron radiation facility, commissioned in 2006 and welcoming its external first users in 2007. The number of operating beamlines has grown steadily over time from the initial complement of 7 up to the present value of 35. This has only been possible by making several modifications to the structure of the storage ring, such as the ‘mini-beta’ insertions, the ‘double-double bend achromat’ (DDBA) cell replacement and the ‘missing-sextupole’ modification.

      In parallel with developments at Diamond, there has been a step-change in the design and ultimate performance of storage ring-based light sources worldwide. The latest generation of facilities are based around the multi-bend achromat concept, which are able to produce 1-2 orders of magnitude increase in the photon beam brightness. This was first demonstrated by the MAX-IV light source in Sweden, but was quickly followed by many other new facility and upgrade proposals. Within this context, Diamond is in the process of producing the Technical Design Report for a replacement storage ring that merges the ESRF-EBS design with the Diamond DDBA concept.

      This talk will provide an initial introduction to the Diamond facility before moving on to present the Diamond-II upgrade project. The concept and underlying principles of the replacement ring design will be described before concluding with an overview of the technological choices.

      Speaker: Dr Ian Martin (Diamond Light Source)
    • 16:15 17:15
      The Laser-hybrid Accelerator for Radiobiological Applications (LhARA) 1h

      The ‘Laser-hybrid Accelerator for Radiobiological Applications’, LhARA, is conceived as a novel, uniquely flexible facility dedicated to the study of radiobiology. The technologies that will be demonstrated in LhARA have the potential to allow particle-beam therapy to be delivered in a completely new regime, combining a variety of ion species in a single treatment fraction and exploiting ultra-high dose rates. LhARA will be a hybrid accelerator system in which laser interactions drive the creation of a large flux of protons or light ions that are captured using a plasma lens and formed into a beam. The laser-hybrid approach will allow the exploration of the vast “terra incognita” of the mechanisms by which the biological response is modulated by the physical characteristics of the beam. I will describe outline the state of the art in laser- driven ion acceleration, describe the motivation for LhARA, present the status of its development, and summarise the programme upon which the LhARA collaboration has embarked to drive a step-change in clinical capability.

      Speaker: Prof. Kenneth Richard Long (Imperial College (GB))
    • 16:15 17:15
      The Future Circular Collider Hadron-Hadron Collider (FCC-hh) 1h

      The Future Circular Collider (FCC) integrated study is preparing the long-term future of CERN with the study of two rings to be housed in a common tunnel, following the successful scheme of the LEP and LHC rings. In this seminar, I will present the status and aims of the on-going studies for the FCC-hh, together with the technological and accelerator physics challenges.

      Speaker: Dr Massimo Giovannozzi (CERN)
    • 16:15 17:15
      The Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) 1h
      Speaker: Prof. Andrei Seryi (Jefferson Lab)
    • 16:15 17:15
      AWAKE: Accelerating Electrons to GeVs in a Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Experiment 1h

      AWAKE is an accelerator R&D experiment to demonstrate for the first time ever, plasma wakefield acceleration of electrons in wakefields driven by a proton bunch and, in the future, take advantage of the large energy store in the proton bunch to reach very high energy gain in a single plasma.
      The AWAKE Run 1 experiment finished successfully its proof-of-concept program by observing the strong modulation of high-energy proton bunches in plasma; the results represent the first ever demonstration of strong plasma wakes generated by proton beams. In addition, AWAKE demonstrated for the first time the acceleration of externally injected electrons to multi-GeV energy levels in the proton driven plasma wakefields, a result published in Nature in August 2018.
      AWAKE Run 2 starts in 2021 and aims to achieve high-charge bunches of electrons accelerated to high energy (~10 GeV) while maintaining beam quality and showing that the process is scalable. By the end of Run 2 AWAKE should be in the position to use that scheme for first particle physics applications.
      The principle of the AWAKE experiment is described. The experimental results of AWAKE Run 1 and the experimental program of AWAKE Run 2 are shown. First applications of this acceleration scheme are presented.

      Speaker: Dr Edda Gschwendtner (CERN)
    • 16:15 17:15
      Artificial Intelligence and Big Data 1h
      Speaker: Dr Sandra Biedron
    • 16:15 17:15
      The Muon g-2 Experiment at FNAL 1h
      Speaker: Dr Jason Crnkovic (Brookhaven National Laboratory)