International Institute for Accelerator Applications
Professor Bob Cywinski is one of the original proponents of the ESS project, and Professor Rebecca Seviour was seconded to Lund for two years, so there are strong collaborative links.
We are engaged in shielding and background calculations: the contract has been extended into a second phase (worth £25,000) to continue and refine our calculations. As the machine moves from design to building and commissioning we look forward to continuing to engage with the project.
The University is part of EuCARD-2, an Integrating Activity Project for coordinated Research and Development on Particle Accelerators, co-funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Capacities Programme. This project will contribute to positioning European accelerator infrastructures at the forefront of global research.
Who is involved?
The project has 40 partners from 15 European countries, including Russia. The list of partners include 10 accelerator laboratories, 23 technology institutes/universities, five scientific research institutes and two industrial partners.
The EuCARD-2 Workshop on Future Muon Sources was held in Huddersfield from 12th Jan 2015 to 13th Jan 2015. For full details see: wwwisis2.isis.rl.ac.uk/useroffice/MuonSources/Register.asp
We are members of the DAEδALUS collaboration, which includes MIT, Columbia, PSI and Catania. It is a proposal to measure CP violation in the neutrino sector by measuring neutrino oscillations using several accelerators.
OPENMED is a CERN project to build a facility for biological testing of samples in beams of different ions at different energies. It uses the LEIR accelerator ring (the project was formerly known as BioLEIR), which can provide ions of almost any species at energies up to hundreds of MeV.
The processes by which charged particle beams kill tumour cells is complicated, and we still have lots to learn in order to understand what the best beams and doses will be for individual patients. OPENMED will provide biologists with the tools to answer these questions.
CERN: the European Centre for Nuclear Research
The University was officially accepted into the collaboration on 12th November 2013. This is an FP7 partnership working on upgrades to the Large Hadron Collider. CERN is the central partner, but there are others across Europe. Details are on http://hilumilhc.web.cern.ch/hilumilhc/index.html
Our contribution is the development of the simulation code MERLIN to include sophisticated nuclear scattering models, and the application of this to possible new collimation schemes. This is being done by Professor Roger Barlow, Haroon Rafique, and Adina Toader.
As a result of our involvement, the Hi Lumi collaboration is now in discussions with the Centre for Precision Technologies, with a view to expand to possible joint projects in future.
Professor Roger Barlow is a member of the LHCb experiment, studying properties of b quarks and other particles produced at the Large Hadron Collider.
Links with Industry
The University of Huddersfield has a strong historical tradition of working with industry to provide solutions to real word problems. As an Institute for Accelerator Applications we are very much part of making this happen today. With many links to industry, we are eager to establish relationships with new companies. A selection of companies currently working in collaboration with the University can be seen below.