Manchester Accelerator Group


The Cockcroft Accelerator Group is a newly-formed group within the School of Physics and Astronomy. We presently have seven academic staff, and a number of postdoctoral staff and students working on a variety of accelerator projects.

Academic Staff:

  • Roger Jones (Head of Group. Collective effects, beam dynamics, wake-fields and higher order mode analysis for the ILC main linacs and collimators. Beam impedance and beam dynamics issues for FP420/LHC. FFAG impedance RF issues.)
  • Rob Appleby (Beam dynamics and optical design, including the ILC and LHC, physics of particle beam dumps, theoretical accelerator physics and background/RF studies for the FP420 collaboration)
  • Will Bertsche (Plasma physics and fundamental properties of antimatter in the ALPHA collaboration at CERN)
  • Darren Graham (Development of advanced laser- and accelerator-based terahertz experimental techniques)
  • Hywel Owen (Beam dynamics and particle-matter interaction, including light source design, medical accelerators and compact accelerators)
  • Guoxing Xia (Beam physics, ultrahigh gradient acceleration schemes and ultra-cold atoms and ultra-cold plasma based research)

Postdoctoral Researchers:

  • Androula Alekou (HiLumi LHC: crab cavity beam dynamics)
  • Anthony Bonfrate (VHEE simulations and dosimetry)
  • Morgan Hibberd (Terahertz-driven electron beam manipulation)
  • Mohammad Islam (Plasma proton beam driven accelerator)
  • Nirav Joshi (RF Systems - XFEL/FLASH, Beam dynamics and HOMS.)
  • Oznur Mete (Beam dynamics and emittance diagnostics of an RF photoinjector for AWAKE project at CERN, implementation of plasma technologies on conventional accelerator challenges)
  • Muhammed Sameed (Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries with Antihydrogen)
  • Sam Tygier (LHC collimation and Fixed Field Alternating Gradient (FFAG) Accelerators)

Postgraduate Students:

Past Group Members:

  • Roger Barlow (Former Group Leader. Now at University of Huddersfield.)
  • David Brett (LHCb beam-gas backgrounds)
  • Adriana Bungau (Visiting postdoctoral researcher with University of Huddersfield (Target optimisation of the ISIS muon facility using the Monte Carlo code GEANT4))
  • Cristian Bungau (Target and core design of ADSR systems)
  • Lee Carver (Novel two beam accelerator concepts and applications. Now CERN Fellow.)
  • Narong Chanlek (Experimental studies of bench-top stretch wire measurement and analysis of modes)
  • Swapan Chattopadhyay (Honorary Professor. Director of Cockcroft Institute)
  • Matthew Cliffe (Developing longitudinally-polarised terahertz sources for electron beam manipulation)
  • Matthew Crouch (Beam-Beam effects in the LHC and Hi-Lumi LHC)
  • Alessandro D'Elia (CLIC RF cavity design, wakefield studies and RF measurements)
  • Hugo Day (Beam impedance reduction techniques in kicker magnets and collimation systems)
  • Aaron Farricker (European spallation source RF and beam dynamics for the main accelerator)
  • Matthew Fraser (Beam dynamics in the HIE-ISOLDE linac and RF studies of the superconducting quarter-wave cavities.)
  • James Garland (The commissioning of the ns-FFAG, EMMA, and associated applications in CONFORM and ADSRs. Now CERN Fellow.)
  • Christopher Glasman (Wakefield studies for novel high gradient ILC main linac cavities)
  • Andrew Green (Medical accelerator and dosimetry studies)
  • Mathew Harvey (Cold electron source studies)
  • David Holder (Application of medical accelerators and gantry design. Now at STFC DL and Manchester visitor.)
  • Puneet Jain (European spallation source, RF design of super conducting cavities)
  • James Jones (Dynamical effects in non-scaling fixed-field alternating-gradient accelerators)
  • Nawin Juntong (Theoretical and experimental studies on energy transfer in couplers for superconducting RF cavities)
  • Vasim Khan (Former PhD student. CERN Fellow)
  • Alex Knight-Percival (Development and characterisation of high power terahertz radiation sources)
  • Anna Kolano (Energy variation upgrade for hadron therapy systems)
  • Helen Elizabeth Lewis (Antiprotons for precision measurements with trapped antihydrogen)
  • Ewen Maclean (LHC beam dynamics. Now CERN Fellow)
  • Chiara Marieli (High efficiency klystron simulations for CLIC)
  • Alessio Mereghetti (CERN SPS scrapers and SPS-to-LHC collimation system. Now CERN fellow)
  • James Molson (Beam dynamics simulations: parallel tracking codes, wakefields in the LHC collimation system. LHC proton beam collimation. Now at CERN.)
  • Inna Nesmiyan (Beam dynamics of CLIC and alternate baseline design, damped and detuned structures)
  • Aiden Peakman (Marine Reactor studies)
  • Steve Peggs (Deputy head of Accelerator Division at ESS)
  • Haroon Rafique (Future Circular Collider: machine detector interface, and HiLumi LHC)
  • Frederico Roncarolo (Former Postdoctoral Researcher. CERN Staff member)
  • Michael Salt (CLIC extraction line and backgrounds)
  • Anthony Scarfe (Tuning methods, including novel methods, for the ATF2 and the ILC)
  • Maurizio Serluca (LHC collimation and beam dynamics simulations with MERLIN. Now CERN Fellow)
  • Liangliang Shi (XFEL higher order mode diagnostics and beam dynamics. Now a Marie Curie Fellow at PSI)
  • Ian Shinton (Eigenmode simulations and beam dynamics in SC FLASH cavities and NC CLIC cavities)
  • Nick Shipman (Fundamental physics of electrical breakdown in DC spark chambers)
  • William Smith (Exploiting new probes of single molecule magnets)
  • Ben Spencer (Developing terahertz-frequency EPR techniques)
  • Luke Thompson (Design of a high-acceptance interaction optics solution for the proposed LHeC collider at CERN)
  • Adina Toader (Beam halo and collimation studies using MERLIN codes, and theoretical wakefield calculations)
  • Pei Zhang (Cavity design and higher-order mode analysis for FLASH.)

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