Strong QUASAR delegation at the virtual IPAC’21

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The 12th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC’21) was organized by the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), Campinas (Brazil), and took place from 24 to 28 May. It is the main international event for the worldwide accelerator community and industry. Attendees are presented with cutting-edge accelerator research and development results and gain the latest insights into accelerator facilities across the globe.

For the first time in its history IPAC was held entirely online, bringing both new benefits and challenges to those attending with pre-recorded poster presentations and hundreds of concurrent Zoom rooms during the conference. This edition attracted over 1,500 delegates to present and discuss the latest R&D results in accelerator science.

A strong delegation of the QUASAR Group attended the event and contributed to the scientific program. This included over 30 posters, two talks and a dedicated online stand in the virtual exhibition area. A contributed talk by Bianca Veglia, who is also a Fellow in the pan European AVA network, focused on the effect of electron beam velocity distribution on electron-cooling at the Extra Low Energy Antiproton (ELENA) ring. On the final day of the conference, during a session on Beam Instrumentation, Dr Joseph Wolfenden delivered a talk on “Gas Jet In-Vivo Dosimetry for Particle Beam Therapy”.

Bianca presenting her results at IPAC’21.


The University of Liverpool has always obtained a high visibility in IPAC, being the only University with a stand in the industry exhibition. Throughout the week, Project Managers Dr Theun van Veen, Dr Ricardo Torres and Business Developer Constantinos Astreos, members of the Quasar Group’s Project T.E.A.M., met with delegates and industry partners to promote the group’s principle activities in accelerator research and European Collaborations. Our spin-out company D-Beam, specialized in advanced beam diagnostics, and Project T.E.A.M. were also well represented at the exhibition stand through a dedicated video, leaflets and selected images outlining our expertise and strengths.

Our virtual stand was lined with selected images linked to our research activities. These selected images showcase our “Gas jet monitor for High-luminosity LHC” based at the Cockcroft Institute (left) and one of our training events within the Innovative Training Network AVA (right).


Head of the QUASAR Group Prof Carsten P Welsch said: “The stand at IPAC’21 was an interesting opportunity to show delegates about the QUASAR Group’s extensive portfolio of accelerator research activities. With many delegates visiting our stand, I believe that our Project T.E.A.M. has done an excellent job in presenting the Group to the global accelerator community and industry.”


Lego LHC

All visitors of our exhibition stand were invited to participate in an online quiz about Brazil and Project T.E.A.M.. The winner won a LEGO model of the Large Hadron Collider.


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