Quantum Leap towards the Next Generation of Accelerators

Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool

Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool

Kings Dock Liverpool Waterfront L3 4FP UK
Arnd Ernst Specka, Carsten Peter Welsch (Cockcroft Institute / University of Liverpool), Ralph Wolfgang Assmann (DESY)

A new technology has emerged that may reduce dramatically the size and cost of particle accelerators, facilitating the access of hospitals and universities to these tools and multiplying its applications.

Plasma accelerators, using high-power laser or electron beams, can generate several billion volts of electricity in a gas cell, accelerating electrons to near the speed of light in just a few millimetres.

Whether you are a scientist, a manufacturer, or a student, you can now be part of the future of particle accelerators.

World-renowned scientists will present research highlights on the next generation of accelerators and their enormous impact on science and society.

They will be joined by scientists from the EuPRAXIA network and relevant industries who will present their innovations and share their fascination for science.

Live streamed talks will be made available to participants from around the world.

Due to high demand we are extending  the registration deadline to 15th June 2018.

The symposium is sponsored by:



    • 12:00 PM
    • 12:30 PM
      Industry exhibition / hands-on-experiments / poster session
    • Welcome
      • 1
        Speaker: Dr Arnd Ernst Specka
    • 2
      Industry opportunities in accelerator facilities

      Particle accelerators not only provide powerful research tools for the exploration of matter, or understanding the properties of materials at the atomic level, but they are also used to manage our health, ensure our security, advance our manufacturing capability, enable safer energy production and improve our environmental efficiency. Practical utilisation of particle accelerators is advancing and more applications are being pursued, with a remit to make such platforms more compact, simpler, combining functionality and adopting novel and more advanced accelerator technologies. My overview will highlight how particle accelerators in industry are currently utilised, giving examples of how such developments have been realised at accelerator facilities across Europe and also provide some indication for how future industrial applications are projected to evolve.

      Speaker: Dr Peter Mcintosh
    • 3
      Laser Technology in 2025

      The continued advancement of short pulse lasers with high average power is crucial for the development of important applications. There are several technologies being used in the next generation of lasers systems from more flash lamp technology to solid state diode pumped technology. Diode pumping has been identified at the CLF as the future route for increasing the repetition rate, and hence average power, of high power lasers. We describe the current performance achieved and what advances are expected in this field in the next decade that would enable a wide range of applications of high power lasers.

      Speaker: Dr Cristina Hernández Gómez (STFC)
    • 3:45 PM
      Coffee break and discussion / industry exhibition
    • 4
      System integration in large scale research infrastructures
      Speaker: Dr Georg Korn (ELI-Beamlines)
    • 5
      Enabling new capabilities with laser plasma technology
      Speaker: Dr Paul Dumont (SourceLAB)
    • Closing remark
      • 6
        Closing remark
        Speaker: Prof. Carsten Peter Welsch (Cockcroft Institute / University of Liverpool)