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Interactions News Wire #51-09
9 October 2009 http://www.interactions.org
Source: STFC
Content: Press Release
Date Issued: 9 October 2009

UK Accelerator Research Receives a Boost

Research into accelerator science and technology in the UK has received a boost with the announcement of nearly £20m of funding by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to The Cockcroft and John Adams Institutes.

The grants will see The Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology, awarded £16.4m to run to 2017 and the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science awarded a £3.4m grant to run to 2012.

The funding, which will benefit particle, nuclear, atomic and molecular physics research, has been awarded to the two Institutes to enable them to continue building upon the UK's academic expertise and strong research base in accelerator R&D.

Accelerator science underpins a wide range of scientific disciplines and plays a key role in the advancement of research to further understanding of the Universe and in the global challenge areas of energy, security, health and the environment.

The Cockcroft and John Adams Institutes place academics, scientists and engineers at the forefront of developing the next generation of particle accelerators that will meet physicists' demands for more energised and intense particle beams to carry out fundamental research. Both Institutes are heavily involved in the research and development towards future global particle physics accelerators based on linear collider technology and for the study of neutrinos*. The institutes are involved in ongoing activities in next generation light sources and emerging activities in high current proton accelerators for various sciences using hadron and electron-hadron colliders, neutrons and muons and their applications to energy and health. They are also enabling strong links to be built between the research community and high technology industry to ensure that the UK can get the maximum benefit from its science.

Professor Keith Mason, Chief Executive of STFC said: "Both the Cockcroft and John Adams Institutes are recognised as international centres of excellence and have played a fundamental role in re-establishing accelerator science capabilities in the UK and enabling the country to compete at a global level. The awarding of these grants by STFC will support both Institutes to develop their existing programmes and continue making significant scientific and technological contributions to the next generation of frontline accelerators worldwide."

Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay, Director of the Cockcroft Institute and concurrently holding the Sir John Cockcroft Chair of Physics jointly at the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester, welcomed the award. He said: "I am delighted at the stability and exciting opportunities for growth now secured for the Cockcroft Institute by this award till 2017. In my privileged position as the Director of the Cockcroft Institute, it will be one of my highest priorities to share our efforts with and add value to the particle physics, nuclear and photon sciences scientific fields in the most optimised fashion achievable, working synergistically and respectfully with mutual counsel from our colleagues in institutions across UK and abroad, including the John Adams Institute".

Professor Peach, from the Departments of Physics at the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London and Director of the John Adams Institute added: "This is excellent news for the John Adams Institute. This covers the handover period to Professor Seryi, and will allow him to develop the future programme of the Institute and to bid for further funding from 2012." The new Director of the John Adams Institute Professor Seryi, who will take up post in August 2010 continued: "I look forward to working with STFC, Professor Peach and our colleagues in the Cockcroft Institute to develop the next stage of the UK's accelerator science programme".

The Cockcroft Institute is based at the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus and is a partnership between STFC Daresbury Laboratory and the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester, with support from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). The John Adams Institute is a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Royal Holloway, London and has facilities on both sites.

STFC will work with the Cockcroft and John Adams Institutes to develop their research programmes as part of its national strategy for accelerator R&D.

The announcement of funding to the two Institutes follows a review of both institutes earlier this year by a panel of international experts. Both grants will be backdated to April 2009.


Notes to editors:

*A linear collider will collide electrons and positrons at high energy, shedding light on the physics that takes place at and beyond this energy frontier. UK scientists are focusing on developing the polarised positron beams, the damping rings that will generate bright cold beams, the linear accelerator structures and the beam delivery system, which will take the accelerated particles to the collision point.

UK scientists are spearheading the scoping and technical design studies of Neutrino Factories as well as the fundamental research and development in the production of cold muon beams and rapid acceleration via innovative Fixed Field Alternate Gradient (FFAG) synchrotrons.

Images available:
Photo 1: Portrait of Professor Ken Peach, Director of the John Adams Institute
Photo 2: Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay, Director of the Cockcroft Institute

Karen Coles
Press Officer
STFC Daresbury Laboratory
T: +44 (0)1793 442012 / 0)1925 603232
E: karen.coles@stfc.ac.uk

Professor Ken Peach
Director, John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science
T: +44 (0)7770 652548
E: ken.peach@adams-institute.ac.uk

Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay
Sir John Cockcroft Chair of Physics, Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester
Director, the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology T: +44 (0)1925 603242
E: swapan@cockcroft.ac.uk

The Cockcroft Institute
The Cockcroft Institute is based at the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus in a purpose-built building and infrastructure. It was officially inaugurated in 2006 by the then UK Minister of Science Lord Sainsbury. Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay has been the Inaugural Director of the Cockcroft Institute since April 17, 2007 and holds concurrently the very first Chair in accelerator science in UK, the Sir John Cockcroft Chair of Physics jointly at the three premier research-led universities in England's northwest - Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster -- who are partners in the institute, along with STFC's Daresbury Laboratory and the NWDA.

The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science
The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a joint venture between the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London. It was created in October 2004, with the aid of a grant from the then Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, now merged into the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Professor Peach was appointed as its Director for five years from May 2005.

Lancaster University
Lancaster University's Physics department is rated first in the UK for research quality and 92% Lancaster's overall research is recognised as world leading or internationally significant. Lancaster is one of only 29 UK universities ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, coming in at number 162 in the annual THE-QS world university rankings and is currently ranked top University in the North West in the Independent, Guardian, Times and Sunday Times league tables. Find out more at www.lancaster.ac.uk

The University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive institutions in the UK. It attracts collaborative and contract research commissions from a wide range of national and international organisations valued at more than £93 million annually. Find out more at www.liverpool.ac.uk

The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is the UK's largest single-site university, with an annual income of more than £680 million. According to the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, it is now one of the country's major research institutions, rated third in the UK in terms of 'research power' behind only Oxford and Cambridge. The University attracts world-renowned researchers and teachers and boasts no fewer than 23 Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students. The reputation of the School of Physics and Astronomy for research was confirmed by the last research assessment, which placed it fifth in the UK in its volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research. Find out more at www.manchester.ac.uk

The University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It has more world-leading academics (rated 4* in the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise) than any other UK university. Oxford also has the highest number of world-leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*) academics in the UK. Oxford's overall annual research income reaches almost £390 million, the highest research income of any UK university. Find out more at www.ox.ac.uk

Royal Holloway, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London, is one of the UK's leading teaching and research university institutions, ranked in the top 20 for research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. One of the larger colleges of the University of London, Royal Holloway has a strong profile across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Its 8,000 students work with internationally-renowned scholars in 18 academic departments. Over 20% of students are postgraduates and 22% come from 130 different countries. Renowned for its iconic Founder's Building, Royal Holloway is situated on an extensive parkland campus in Egham, Surrey, only 40 minutes from central London. Find out more at www.rhul.ac.uk

About the Science and Technology Facilities Council
The Science and Technology Facilities Council ensures the UK retains its leading place on the world stage by delivering world-class science; accessing and hosting international facilities; developing innovative technologies; and increasing the socio-economic impact of its research through effective knowledge exchange partnerships.

The Council has a broad science portfolio including Astronomy, Particle Physics, Particle Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Space Science, Synchrotron Radiation, Neutron Sources and High Power Lasers. In addition the Council manages and operates three internationally renowned laboratories:

- The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire
- The Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire
- The UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh

The Council gives researchers access to world-class facilities and funds the UK membership of international bodies such as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the European organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA). It also contributes money for the UK telescopes overseas on La Palma, Hawaii, Australia and in Chile, and the MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, which includes the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory.