Physics research at the University of Liverpool

Accelerator Physics

The Liverpool Accelerator Physics Group is amongst the world-leaders in beam diagnostics development, accelerator and light source design and optimization.

It makes key contributions to many of the global accelerator flagship projects, including the LHC and its upgrades, the next generation antimatter research facility ELENA, and novel accelerators such as AWAKE at CERN or EuPRAXIA.

The Group has also developed a range of accelerator applications with a focus on the medical sector and beam instrumentation. This includes work with our spin-off company and STFC CERN BIC graduate D-Beam.

The group is mostly based at the Cockcroft Institute, an international centre of excellence in accelerator science and technology on the campus of Daresbury national lab. Our research is realized in close collaboration with other Cockcroft Institute stakeholders, enhanced by the facilities at Daresbury, as well as collaboration partners from around the world.

Our principal research activities are:

  • Scientific frontier facilities & underpinning technologies
  • Novel acceleration techniques
  • Applications of accelerators in addressing global challenges

The Accelerator Physics Group has been coordinating the large scale pan-European networks  LA³NEToPACOMA and AVA, and is home to the pan-European QUASAR Group.

The Group has also inspired and educated audiences around the world and raised public awareness of accelerators through its award-winning outreach activities.

Visit the Cockcroft Institute website.

Academic Staff

Prof Carsten Welsch
Prof Andrzej Wolski 

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