Blaine Lomberg

Blaine Lomberg studied at the University of the Western Cape in RSA from 2005, where in his 3rd year he participated in astronomy and astrophysics research to complete his Bachelor’s degree. Thereafter, he went on to study nuclear physics. In 2010, Blaine joined the Accelerator Group at iThemba LABS where he worked within the field of ion source physics undertaking a Master’s degree, focusing on a diagnostic device for beam quality measurements.  His thesis title was ‘Studies of an emittance measurement device for beam quality optimisation of ion sources’.

During the summer of 2010, he was a student at CERN working on the Linac3 accelerator’s GTS-LHC ECR ion source with studies developing a LabView CSD application, to investigate the charge-state-distribution of a lead ion beam. The CERN Summer School helped him discover special interests in accelerator physics and the desire to pursue a PhD for which he is studying at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Blaine joined oPAC as a Marie Curie Fellow in September 2012 and is based at the Cockcroft Institute in Daresbury, UK. His work focusses on the development of a beam monitor for halo propagation mechanisms. Blaine is  developing a new code that combines known halo formation processes into one single halo generator, using the resulting beam distribution for particle tracking through different facilities, such as; CTF3, the ESS Linac or part of the FAIR complex. 



Beam monitor for halo propagation mechanisms