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Biography

Oct 12 to Present
“Lise Meitner”  Chair, Lund Univerity, Sweden

Jan 12 to Present
European Spallation Source, Lund, Sweden, Physicist

Nov 11 to Present
Huddersfield University, Huddersfield, UK Professor (Personnel Chair)

July 08- Nov 11
Cockcroft Institute, Dept. Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster. Lecturer (Faculty Position)

Sept 05- July 08
Cockcroft Institute, Dept. Engineering, Lancaster University, Lancaster. Lecturer (Faculty Position)

Apr 03- Aug 05
Cockcroft Institute, Dept. Engineering, Lancaster University, Lancaster. Lecturer (Faculty Position)

Oct 02- Apr 03
Microwave Research Group Numerical and theoretical research into Multipactor discharges in high power RF Vacuum RF electronics. Advancing theory and development of numerical algorithms to simulation of vacuum electronic devices. PostDoc

Jul 01- Sep 02
Dept. Imaging Science and Biomedical Engineering, School Of Medicine, Manchester University. PostDoc

Jan 01 - Jul 01
Dept. Communication Systems, Lancaster University, Lancaster. PostDoc

Jan 00-Aug 01
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Theory & Modelling, Fusion division FUSION, D3, Culham Science Centre, Culham, Oxon. PostDoc 

Research & Scholarship

Current Research

  • Particle accelerator applications (medical, security, energy)
  • Particle accelerator reliability
  • Electromagnetic wave propagation in; inhomogeneous media, periodic structures, strongly dispersive media
  • Particle/wave interaction mediated via metamaterial/photonic-crystals
  • Surface effects in RF breakdown phenomena (topology, chemistry, etc)
  • Novel Electromagnetic media (HTC proximity effect, metamaterials)
  • Electromagnetic research:  numerical, theoretical, experimental
  • Modelling RF structures

My current research portfolio focuses on electromagnetic wave propagation and charged particle interactions, in inhomogeneous media, periodic structures and strongly dispersive media, using experimental and numerical techniques. This includes developing an understanding of the interaction between charged particle beams and electromagnetic waves mediated via metamaterials/photonic-crystals. For examples metamaterials give rise to a novel dispersion relation, which determines a unique wave particle relationship, via the frequency dependence of the metamaterial. Investigations in the non-linear high power regime and how Complementary Split Ring Resonators function and communicate information between associated unit cells has proved particularly fruitful. This work is starting to attract interest within the UK commercial sector with invited talks to several commercial companies, currently funded by the AFOSR, and forms the basis for the America MURI on Transformative Electromagnetic media collaboration.

The above research underpins my main area of interest the development of novel particle accelerator technologies utilising metamaterials and Photonic Crystals (PC) to examine standing-wave and travelling-wave structures for particle acceleration. This area also encompasses the use of PC structures as compact light sources and for the generation of high power electromagnetic waves.  This work, supported by a prestigious Challenging Engineering grant, has focused in the 10’s of GHz regime of the electromagnetic spectrum, and I am keen to move towards investigating the THz regime using high powered lasers to excite electromagnetic waves in micro-fabricated resonant structures.

My current research also involves conventional accelerator technologies where I am investigate the limiting factors and design of Resonant RF Cavities, examining areas such as parasitic effects in vacuum electronics systems such as Multipactor discharges and, the effect each stage in the manufacturing process of RF cavities has upon cavity performance and manufacturing reproducibility. In this work we examine how the surface topology and chemistry changes as the material is processed, how these changes occur and how they result in breakdown.

I am also examining new techniques to develop thin superconducting (SC) films for RF accelerator technology, both at 2K and 77K via the application of the proximity effect to develop SC technologies for resonant cavities. This work could have a major impact on future developments at the ESS, and is funded via the FP7 programme EUCard and the UK research council STFC.

Recently I have started to consider the role of accelerator reliability for Accelerator driven subcritical reactor (ADSR) applications, examining the reliability required for the accelerator to make ADSRs a viable technology option. I am looking to expand this work to examine the use of reliability studies to inform the design process of accelerators.

 

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Seviour, R. and Hopper, A. (2014) ‘Effects of High Power on Microwave Metamaterials’. In: 7th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics. Copenhagen, Denmark: IEEE. .

Albright, S. and Seviour, R. (2014) ‘Fusion Based Neutron Sources for Security Applications: Neutron Techniques’. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Particle Accelerator Conference. Dresden, Germany: JACoW. .

Albright, S. and Seviour, R. (2014) ‘Fusion Based Neutron Sources for Security Applications: Energy Optimisation’. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Particle Accelerator Conference. Dresden, Germany: JACoW. .

Seviour, R., Bailey, I., Woollett, N. and Williams, P. (2014) ‘Hidden-sector photon and axion searches using photonic band gap structuresJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics , 41 (3), p. 035005. ISSN 0954-3899

Vakili, I., Gustafsson, M., Sjöberg, , D., Seviour, R., Nilsson, M. and Nordebo, S. (2014) Sum Rules for Parallel Plate Waveguides: Experimental Results and Theory Lund University

2013

Sjoberg, D., Gustafsson, M. and Seviour, R. (2013) ‘A sum rule and physical bound for electromagnetic band gap structures’. In: International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications. Torino, Italy: IEEE. pp. 1236-1239. ISBN 978-1-4673-5705-0

Albright, S. and Seviour, R. (2013) ‘Low energy fusion for a safe and compact neutron source’. In: Proceedings of the North American Particle Accelerator Conference. Pasadena, USA: JACoW. pp. 1125-1127. ISBN 978-3-95450-138-0

Shiffler, D., Seviour, R., Luchinskaya, E., Stranford, E., Tang, W. and French, D. (2013) ‘Study of Split-Ring Resonators as a Metamaterial for High-Power Microwave Power Transmission and the Role of DefectsIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science , 41 (6), pp. 1679-1685. ISSN 0093-3813

Albright, S. and Seviour, R. (2013) ‘Spallation is not the only Fruit: Producing Neutrons using Low Energy Fusion Reactions’. In: 4th International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC13, 12th - 17th May 2013, Shanghai, China

Peach, K., Aslaninejad, M., Barlow, R., Beard, C., Bliss, N., Cobb, J., Easton, M., Edgecock, R., Fenning, R., Gardner, I., Hill, M., Owen, H., Johnstone, C., Jones, B., Jones, T., Kelliher, D., Khan, A., Machida, S., McIntosh, P., Pattalwar, S., Pasternak, J., Pozimski, J., Prior, C., Rochford, J., Rogers, C., Seviour, R., Sheehy, S., Smith, S., Strachan, J., Tygier, S., Vojnovic, B., Wilson, P., Witte, H. and Yokoi, T. (2013) ‘Conceptual design of a nonscaling fixed field alternating gradient accelerator for protons and carbon ions for charged particle therapyPhysical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams , 16 (030101). ISSN 1098-4402

2012

Peggs, S., Seviour, R. and Cywinski, R. (2012) ‘Thorium energy’. In: LINAC 12, 9th-14th September 2012, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Bogomilov, M., Karadzhov, Y., Kolev, D., Russinov, I., Tsenov, R., Vankova-Kirilova, G., Wang, L., Xu, F., Zheng, S., Bertoni, R., Bonesini, M., Ferri, F., Lucchini, G., Mazza, R., Paleari, F., Strati, F., Palladino, V., Cecchet, G., Bari, A., Capponi, M., Cirillo, A., Iaciofano, A., Manfredini, A., Parisi, M., Orestano, D., Pastore, F., Tonazzo, A., Tortora, L., Mori, Y., Kuno, Y., Sakamoto, H., Sato, A., Yano, T., Yoshida, M., Ishimoto, S., Suzuki, S., Yoshimura, K., Filthaut, F., Garoby, R., Gilardoni, S., Gruber, P., Hanke, K., Haseroth, H., Janot, P., Lombardi, A., Ramberger, S., Vretenar, M., Bene, P., Blondel, A., Cadoux, F., Graulich, J., Grichine, V., Gschwendtner, E., Masciocchi, F., Sandstrom, R., Verguilov, V., Wisting, H., Petitjean, C., Seviour, R., Alexander, J., Charnley, G., Collomb, N., Griffiths, S., Martlew, B., Moss, A., Mullacrane, I., Oates, A., Owens, P., White, C., York, S., Adams, D., Apsimon, R., Barclay, P., Baynham, D., Bradshaw, T., Courthold, M., Drumm, P., Edgecock, R., Hayler, T., Hills, M., Ivaniouchenkov, Y., Jones, A., Lintern, A., MacWaters, C., Nelson, C., Nichols, A., Preece, R., Ricciardi, S., Rochford, J., Rogers, C., Spensley, W., Tarrant, J., Tilley, K., Watson, S., Wilson, A., Forrest, D., Soler, F., Walaron, K., Cooke, P., Gamet, R., Alekou, A., Apollonio, M., Barber, G., Beuselinck, R., Clark, D., Clark, I., Colling, D., Dobbs, A., Dornan, P., Fayer, S., Fish, A., Hare, R., Greenwood, S., Jamdagni, A., Kasey, V., Khaleeq, M., Leaver, J., Long, K., McKigney, E., Matsushita, T., Pasternak, J., Sashalmi, T., Savidge, T., Takahashi, M., Blackmore, V., Carlisle, T., Cobb, J., Lau, W., Rayner, M., Tunnell, C., Witte, H., Yang, S., Booth, C., Hodgson, P., Howlett, L., Nicholson, R., Overton, E., Robinson, M., Smith, P., Adey, D., Back, J., Boyd, S., Harrison, P., Ellis, M., Kyberd, P., Littlefield, M., Nebrensky, J., Bross, A., Geer, S., Neuffer, D., Moretti, A., Popovic, M., Cummings, M., Roberts, T., DeMello, A., Green, M., Li, D., Virostek, S., Zisman, M., Freemire, B., Hanlet, P., Huang, D., Kafka, G., Kaplan, D., Snopok, P., Torun, Y., Blot, S., Kim, Y., Bravar, U., Onel, Y., Cline, D., Fukui, Y., Lee, K., Yang, X., Rimmer, R., Cremaldi, L., Gregoire, G., Hart, T., Sanders, D., Summers, D., Coney, L., Fletcher, R., Hanson, G., Heidt, C., Gallardo, J., Kahn, S., Kirk, H. and Palmer, R. (2012) ‘The MICE Muon Beam on ISIS and the beam-line instrumentation of the Muon Ionization Cooling ExperimentJournal of Instrumentation , 7 (05), p. P05009-P05009. ISSN 1748-0221

Junginger, T., Weingarten, W., Welsch, C. and Seviour, R. (2012) ‘RF and Surface Properties of Bulk Niobium and Niobium Film Samples’. In: Proceedings of the International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: JACoW. pp. 2278-2280. ISBN 978-3-95450-115-1

Peggs, S., Horak, W., Roser, T., Ashley, V., Ashworth, R., Barlow, R., Cywinski, R., Seviour, R., Biarrotte, J., Henderson, S., Hutton, A., Kelly, J., Lindroos, M., McIntyre, P., Norlin, A., Owen, H. and Parks, G. (2012) ‘Thorium Energy Futures’. In: Proceedings of the International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: JACoW. pp. 29-33. ISBN 978-3-95450-115-1

Peggs, S., Andersen, K., Argyriou, D., Batkov, K., B'ohme, C., Bousson, S., Bustinduy, I., Carlile, C., Carlsson, P., Celona, L., Comunian, M., Danared, H., Darve, C., Deen, P., Dell'Anno Boulton, M., De Prisco, R., Devanz, G., Duperrier, R., Ene, D., Eshraqi, S., Gammino, S., G'ohran, M., Gysin, S., Hahn, H., Hall-Wilton, R., Hassan, H., Hedin, K., Hees, W., Henry, P., Hiess, A., Jackson, A., Jacobsson, P., Johansson, A., Kharoua, C., Kirstein, O., Laface, E., Lanfranco, G., Linander, R., Linander, R., Lindroos, M., Molloy, S., Malovrh, J., McGinnis, D., Mezei, F., Nilsson, P., Noah, E., Oksanen, E., Oyon, C., Pape-Møller, S., Parker, T., Perssony, J., Petersson ?Arsk ?old, S., Plewinski, F., Pottin, B., Ponton, A., Radahl, P., Rathsman, K., Rescic, M., Rod, T., Ruber, R., Sabbagh, P., Seviour, R., Skelboe, S., Steuwer, A., Stovall, J., Strobl, M., Takibayev, A., Tchelidze, L., Tibbelin, A., Trahern, G., Wacklin, H., Zanini, L. and Zeng, R. (2012) ESS Conceptual Design Report Lund, Sweden: European Spallation Source

Xu, Y. and Seviour, R. (2012) ‘Photonic-crystal mediated charged particle beam velocity modulation and electromagnetic wave generationNew Journal of Physics , 14 (013014), pp. 1-7. ISSN 1367-2630

2011

Junginger, T., Weingarten, W., Welsch, C. and Seviour, R. (2011) ‘RF and Surface Properties of Superconducting Samples’. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2011. San Sebastian, Spain: JACoW. pp. 310-312. ISBN 978-92-9083-366-6

2010

Seviour, R. and Oladipo, A. (2010) ‘Dispersion Engineering and Disorder in Photonic Crystals for Accelerator Applications ’. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2010. Kyoto, Japan: JACoW. pp. 4375-4377. ISBN 978-92-9083-352-9

Xu, Y. and Seviour, R. (2010) ‘Design of Photonic Crystal Klystrons ’. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2010. Kyoto, Japan: JACoW. pp. 4002-4004. ISBN 978-92-9083-352-9

Barlow, R., Peach, K., Cobb, J., Sheehy, S., Witte, H., Yokoi, T., Aslaninejad, M., Easton, M., Pasternak, J., Owen, H., Tygier, S., Beard, C., McIntosh, P., Pattalwar, S., Smith, S., Tzenov, S., Bliss, N., Jones, T., Strachan, J., Edgecock, R., Pozinski, J., Fenning, R., Khan, A., Gardner, I., Kelliher, D., Machida, S., Hill, M., Johnstone, C., Jones, B., Vojnovic, B. and Seviour, R. (2010) ‘PAMELA overiew and status’. In: Proceedings of IPAC 2010. Kyoto, Japan: JACoW. pp. 112-114. ISBN 978-92-9083-352-9

Peach, K., Cobb, J., Sheehy, S., Witte, H., Yokoi, T., Aslaninejad, M., Easton, M., Pasternak, J., Barlow, R., Owen, H., Tygier, S., Beard, C., McIntosh, P., Pattalwar, S., Smith, S., Tzenov, S., Bliss, N., Jones, T., Strachan, J., Edgecock, R., Pozimski, J., Fenning, R., Khan, A., Gardner, I., Kelliher, D., Machida, S., Hill, M., Johnstone, C., Jones, B., Vojnovic, B. and Seviour, R. (2010) ‘PAMELA : overview and status’. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2010. Kyoto, Japan: JACoW. pp. 112-114. ISBN 978-92-9083-352-9

Zarrebini-Esfahani, A., Ristic, M., Long, K. and Seviour, R. (2010) ‘3D Simulation of the Effects of Surface Defects on Field Emitted Electrons ’. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2010. Kyoto, Japan: JACoW. pp. 3004-3006. ISBN 978-92-9083-352-9

Tan, Y. and Seviour, R. (2010) ‘Metamaterial Mediated Inverse Cherenkov Acceleration ’. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2010. Kyoto, Japan: JACoW. pp. 4378-4380. ISBN 978-92-9083-352-9

Gustafsson, A., Calatroni, S., Wollenberg, W. and Seviour, R. (2010) ‘New Methods for Thin Film Deposition and First Investigations of the use of High Temperature Superconductors for Thin Film Cavities ’. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference IPAC 2010. Kyoto, Japan: JACoW. pp. 2995-2997. ISBN 978-92-9083-352-9

2009

Seviour, R., Rennie, A. and Celik, H. (2009) ‘Rapid manufacturing complex geometries for high-power microwave applications’. In: Interdisciplinary Conference on Chemical, Mechanical and Materials Engineering 2009 ICCMME, 7th-10th December 2009, Melbourne, Australia

Celik, H., Tan, Y., Seviour, R. and Rennie, A. (2009) ‘Effect of thermal and mechanical deformation of metamaterial FDM components’. In: Interdisciplinary Conference on Chemical, Mechanical and Materials Engineering 2009 ICCMME, 7th-10th December 2009, Melbourne, Australia

Tan, Y. and Seviour, R. (2009) ‘Wave energy amplification in a metamaterial-based traveling-wave structureEPL (Europhysics Letters) , 87 (3), p. 34005. ISSN 0295-5075

Apollonio, M., Berg, J., Blondel, A., Bogacz, A., Brooks, S., Campagne, J., Caspar, D., Cavata, C., Chimenti, P., Cobb, J., Dracos, M., Edgecock, R., Efthymiopoulos, I., Fabich, A., Fernow, R., Filthaut, F., Gallardo, J., Garoby, R., Geer, S., Gerigk, F., Hanson, G., Johnson, R., Johnstone, C., Kaplan, D., Keil, E., Kirk, H., Klier, A., Kurup, A., Lettry, J., Long, K., Machida, S., McDonald, K., Méot, F., Mori, Y., Neuffer, D., Palladino, V., Palmer, R., Paul, K., Poklonskiy, A., Popovic, M., Prior, C., Rees, G., Rossi, C., Rovelli, T., Sandström, R., Seviour, R., Sievers, P., Simos, N., Torun, Y., Vretenar, M., Yoshimura, K. and Zisman, M. (2009) ‘Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilitiesJournal of Instrumentation , 4 (07), p. P07001-P07001. ISSN 1748-0221

Peach, K., Cobb, J., Sheehy, S., Witte, H., Yokoi, T., Aslaninejad, M., Easton, M., Pasternak, J., Barlow, R., Owen, H., Tygier, S., Beard, C., McIntosh, P., Smith, S., Tzenov, S., Bliss, N., Edgecock, R., Pozimski, J., Rochford, J., Fenning, R., Khan, A., Johnstone, C., Jones, B., Vojnovic, B., Kelliher, D., Machida, S., Rogers, C. and Seviour, R. (2009) ‘PAMELA Overview : design goals and principles’. In: Proceedings of the 23rd Particle Accelerator Conference 4 – 8 May 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver, Canada: JACoW. pp. 3142-3144.

Yokoi, T., Cobb, J., Peach, K., Sheehy, S., Witte, H., Aslaninejad, M., Pasternak, J., Pozimski, J., Barlow, R., Tygier, S., Vojnovic, B., Beard, C., McIntosh, P., Smith, S., Fenning, R., Gardner, I., Kelliher, D., Machida, S., Chilton, C. and Seviour, R. (2009) ‘Pamela: development of the RF system for a non-relativistic non-scaling FFAG’. In: Proceedings of the 23rd Particle Accelerator Conference 4 – 8 May 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada . Vancouver, Canada: JACoW. pp. 2009-2011.

Zarrebini-Esfahani, A., Seviour, R., Stables, M., Ristic, M., Kurup, A., Long, K. and Pozimski, J. (2009) ‘The effects of field emitted electrons on RF surfaces’. In: Proceedings of the 23rd Particle Accelerator Conference 4 – 8 May 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver, Canada: JACoW. pp. 1982-1984.

Matthews, C. and Seviour, R. (2009) ‘Effects of disorder on the frequency and field of photonic-crystal cavity resonatorsApplied Physics B , 94 (3), pp. 381-388. ISSN 0946-2171

Xu, Y. and Seviour, R. (2009) ‘X-band RF generation and coupling in photonic crystals’. In: Proceedings of IET Conference on High Power RF Technologies 2009. London, UK: IET. p. P04.

Matthews, C. and Seviour, R. (2009) ‘The dependence of frequency and field on stochastic ordering in photonic band gap resonant structures’. In: Proceedings of IET Conference on High Power RF Technologies 2009. London, UK: IET. p. P05.

Seviour, R (2009) ‘Towards photonic crystal and metamaterial high-power microwave applications’. In: Proceedings of IET Conference on High Power RF Technologies 2009. London, UK: IET. p. O21.

Tan, Y. and Seviour, R. (2009) ‘Frequency-gain relationship in a metamaterial based folded travelling wave tube’. In: ET Conference on High Power RF Technologies 2009., 26th February 2009, London, UK

Esteem

Invited talks

  • LINAC 12, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012)
  • Compact Accelerator Conference, Daresbury, UK (2012)
  • X10, Photonics, Daresbury, UK (2010)
  • APS, Metamaterials for high-power microwave applications (2010)
  • Boston, High-power Metamaterials for Accelerators and microwave applications (2010)
  • MIT, Metamaterials and Photonics (2009)
  • DTI: Technology & Industry Briefing: Advanced Metals Welding, Polishing & Plating, (2007)

Indicators

  • STFC, Standing Panel Member: Particle Physics Grant Panel (2008 to present)
  • STFC, Standing Panel Member: Industrial Programme Support panel (2005 to 2010)
  • STFC, Standing Panel Member: Gravitational Waves Review (2010 to present)
  • EPSRC College Member (2009 to present)
  • Mumu Speakers Bureau (2007 to 2011)
  • European coordinator for SC RF for “Beams for European Neutrino Experiments (BENE)” (2006)
  • Member of UK- ILC Task Force: Industrialisation of Cavities and Couplers (2005)
  • Report on “Commercial Demand for SCRF Technologies”
  • Recognized as an “outstanding engineering researcher” by an EPSRC Challenging Engineering Award (2006) 
  • MURI: Transformative Electromagnetic Media

Member of the IEEE and the IOP.

Research Degree Supervision

  • Particle accelerator applications (medical, security, energy)
  • Particle accelerator reliability
  • Electromagnetic wave propagation in:
    • inhomogeneous media
    • periodic structures
    • strongly dispersive media
  • Particle/wave interaction mediated via metamaterial/photonic-crystals
  • Surface effects in RF breakdown phenomena (topology, chemistry, etc)
  • Novel Electromagnetic media (HTC proximity effect, metamaterials)
  • Electromagnetic research:  numerical, theoretical, experimental
  • Modelling RF structures

Enterprise Activities

Siemens (plc), ESS-Lund (plc), e2v.
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