Issue 41

September 2022

Welcome to Issue #41 of Accelerating News!

Both the reduction in energy supply and the need to reduce the impact of human activities on the environment require research infrastructures to become more sustainable.

At the latest IAEA Accelerator Conference, the CLIC collaboration showed which axes the accelerator community must take in order to achieve sustainability. New designs that take into account the environmental impact per physics output will be chosen, as highlighted by  a recent analysis which sets the FCC-ee as the most sustainable design for the proposed Higgs factory. Novel ways of reducing and reusing waste will have to be considered, as achieved by CERN’s “Mining the Future®” competition which identified solutions for the reuse of rock excavated during tunnelling for future CERN colliders.

One other way to achieve greater sustainability in accelerators will be by disrupting the technology itself. In an in-focus piece, Maurizio Vretenar, I.FAST project coordinators, explores how the community is working to miniaturise accelerators.

This summer was an eventful one. In addition to the start of LHC Run 3, the 23-institute-strong AWAKE collaboration explored new, viable and more efficient alternative to traditional radiofrequency acceleration using charged particles. In late August, the LINAC Conference  in Liverpool provided a unique opportunity to hear about the latest advances in research and developments on linear accelerators and their applications.

Whether we are talking about fundamental research or societal applications, outreach activities are crucial to inform and motivate future generations of accelerator scientists. The EU-funded ARIES project, which ended earlier this year, has released an e-learning course to serve as an introduction to accelerator science, engineering and technology, aimed at undergraduate students. Also, scientists at Diamond Light Source have published a board game developed to inspire students to explore STEM scientific careers and subjects.

Antoine Le Gall, Editor-in-Chief

CERN’s “Mining the Future®” competition successfully completes

Aimed at identifying solutions for the reuse rock excavated during tunnelling for future CERN colliders, this competition shortlisted four promising proposals.

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20 September, 2022

AWAKE sows the seeds of controlled particle acceleration using plasma wakefields

The AWAKE collaboration has successfully seeded the self-modulation of a proton bunch, to control and stabilise plasma waves that can accelerate electrons with record gradients

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15 September, 2022

New online course to initiate undergraduate students to particle accelerators

This unique online course gives students an overview of particle accelerators, their uses, as well as basic notions of electromagnetism, special relativity, radiofrequencies and magnetism.

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12 September, 2022

31st International Linear Accelerator Conference LINAC2022 delivered in Liverpool

The conference provided a unique opportunity to hear about the latest advances in research and developments on linear accelerators and their applications.

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09 September, 2022

Plasma accelerator research and training boosted by EU funding

High level fellowships will carry out an interdisciplinary and cross-sector plasma accelerator research and training programme for the new EuPRAXIA research infrastructure.

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09 September, 2022

The CERN Accelerator School goes to Lithuania for the Introductory course

In September, 70 physicists, engineers and technicians gathered in Kaunas, Lithuania, to learn the basics of accelerators physics and technology.

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05 September, 2022

Board game developed by scientists is winning plaudits for inspiring students to consider STEM careers

A team of scientists and a games specialist have designed ‘Diamond: The Game’, a board game developed to give secondary school students a chance to explore a broad range of STEM scientific careers and subjects.

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01 September, 2022

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