Particle Accelerators and Beams Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  


About the group 

As a special interest, member-driven group, we promote the professional profile of physicists working in the field of particle accelerators.

Our interests include:

  • pulsed power
  • circular colliders
  • radio-frequency systems
  • instrumentation for accelerators
  • particle sources for accelerators
  • high energy hadron accelerators
  • advanced concepts for accelerators
  • control systems and accelerator operation
  • accelerator technology, including magnets
  • beam dynamics, including electrodynamics
  • applications of accelerators, especially medical and industrial
  • lepton accelerators, both electron and muon/neutrino
  • synchrotron radiation light sources, including free-electron lasers
  • low energy accelerators, including electrostatic, linear, and cyclotron accelerators

What the group does

We promote the professional profile of physicists working in the field of particle accelerators. We do this with:

  • events
  • publicity
  • outreach
  • recognising academics
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Group prizes

We have two prizes that recognise contributions to particle accelerators and beams:

  • student posters awarded at our annual meeting
  • outstanding individual contributions to the field

Student Poster Prize

We award prizes for outstanding student posters at our annual meeting. The prizes are £50.
 
Posters can be presented by an individual student or in collaboration. Students attend the session to answer questions from the panel. 

The prize is judged by a panel of at least two eminent scientists in the field, nominated by the group committee that considers:

  • clarity of aims
  • balance between text and figures
  • logical drawing of conclusions

Email groups@iop.org to learn more

Prize for Outstanding Professional Contributions

This annual prize recognises someone who has contributed to accelerator science and technology in the UK or Ireland and raised its public profile.

Find out more about the Prize for Outstanding Professional Contributions.

    Physics resources

    High Performance Computing for Discovery at Accelerator Facilities, 27 April 2017 

    Download the presentation (PDF, 8MB) that includes discussion on:

    • codes and Interface
    • physics problems to solve
    • numerical problems to solve

    Group events 

    Find group events on the IOP events site.

    Newsletters 

    We publish a biannual newsletter and encourage members to publicise items of interest to the community .

    June 2020 (PDF, 3.2MB)
    December 2019 (PDF, 2.2MB)
    June 2019 (PDF, 3.43MB)
    December 2018 (PDF, 2.41MB)
    June 2018 (PDF, 4.52MB)
    December 2017 (PDF, 3.56MB)
    June 2017 (PDF, 3.7MB)
    December 2016 (PDF, 4.12MB)
    June 2016 (PDF, 4.39MB)
    December 2015 (PDF, 2.92MB)

    Useful links

    Links to UK Accelerator Centres

    Brunel University 
    Cockcroft Institute 
    Daresbury Laboratory 
    Diamond Light Source 
    Huddersfield University 
    Imperial College 
    ISIS Neutron and Muon Source 
    John Adams Institute
    Lancaster University 
    Royal Holloway University of London 
    University College London 
    University of Dundee 
    University of Glasgow 
    University of Liverpool 
    University of Strathclyde 
    University of Warwick

    Committee and contacts