Research from the Physics Department showcased at IBIC2016

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University of Liverpool stand at the IBIC conference
Dr Ricardo Torres on the University of Liverpool stand at the IBIC conference

Sun-drenched palm trees and luxury cruise liners dawdling in the balmy waters of the port of Barcelona presented a splendid backdrop to this year’s edition of the International Beam Instrumentation Conference (IBIC) from 11 to 15 September.

The industrial exhibition, held in conjunction with the Conference, featured once more the University of Liverpool. The booth, manned by Dr. Ricardo Torres showcased the plethora of projects coordinated by the Head of Department, Prof. Carsten P. Welsch.

Information about the European Training Networks LA3NET and oPAC was complemented with OMA – Optimization of Medical Accelerators, and the brand new network dedicated to accelerators for antimatter physics – AVA.

The stand also promoted the European Design Studies in which the accelerator experts based at the Cockcroft Institute are an important partner: Eupraxia – for a compact European plasma accelerator with industrial beam quality – and EuroCirCol, for a future 100 TeV hadron-hadron circular collider.

D-Beam Ltd, a spin-off company led by Alexandra Alexandrova, was also presented at the booth. The company which specialises in optical diagnostics for accelerators attracted the attention of numerous potential customers.

In addition, our accelerator experts presented no less than 10 research contributions, covering the latest developments in non-invasive Beam Profile Monitors, bunch length measurements by coherent diffraction radiation imaging, the cryogenic current comparator for CERN’s low-energy antiproton facilities, and the optical fibre BLM system at the Australian Synchrotron Light Source.

IBIC is the world’s largest conference on particle beam instrumentation and this year it was attended by some 400 scientific experts and industrial delegates. This made it a unique opportunity to showcase our ongoing R&D and boost the visibility of the University of Liverpool in the world of particle accelerators.