QUASARs in Vancouver for IPAC18
This year the 9th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC18) was held in Vancouver, Canada, from April 29 to May 4. It is the world’s largest accelerator conference, attracting more than one thousand delegates to present and discuss the latest R&D results in accelerator science.
Roland Schnuerer and Joe Wolfenden presenting their posters at IPAC18.
Several members of the QUASAR Group attended this event and contributed to the scientific program. This included 15 posters, two talks and a dedicated stand in the exhibition area. On Tuesday 1st May, during the session on Novel Particle Sources and Acceleration Techniques, Dr Javier Resta Lopez was asked to give a contributed talk on the “Study of Ultra-High Gradient Acceleration in Carbon Nanotube Arrays”. On Thursday 3rd May, QUASAR Group leader Professor Carsten Welsch chaired the morning session on Beam Instrumentation, Controls, Feedback and Operational Aspects, where Dr Ralph Fiorito gave an invited talk on “Optical Diagnostics for Extreme Beam Conditions”.
Dr Javier Resta-Lopez giving a talk on the “Study of Ultra-High Gradient Acceleration in Carbon Nanotube Arrays”.
The large scale research projects coordinated by our group were represented through posters and promoted by Drs Javier Resta-Lopez, Samantha Colosimo and Ricardo Torres at a dedicated stand. Furthermore, IPAC18 was also a witness to the first ever “Surfatron” World Championship. This new game was designed to demonstrate the concept of plasma acceleration and became very popular amongst the conference attendants.
Drs Javier Resta-Lopez, Samantha Colosimo and Ricardo Torres at the industry stand.
A quiz about Vancouver encouraged further dialogue. Finally, IPAC saw the official launch of a dedicated leaflet outlining the activities of the Project T.E.A.M., as well as of the AVA Brochure.