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Introduction to ASTeC Programmes. M W Poole Director. Mission. To build and to sustain a Centre of Excellence in Accelerator Science and Technology for the UK Created in 2001 with 20 staff (all ex-SRD) and £750k ! Now runs a £9M programme and involving 90 FTE (+ HEI effort).

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Introduction to astec programmes

Introduction to ASTeC Programmes

M W Poole




To build and to sustain aCentre of Excellence in Accelerator Science and Technologyfor the UK

Created in 2001 with 20 staff (all ex-SRD) and £750k !

Now runs a £9M programme and involving 90 FTE

(+ HEI effort)

Strategic vision

Strategic Vision

  • Establish and nurture sustainable skill base

  • Engage/advise internal and external stakeholders

  • Build (and lead some) collaborations and partnerships

  • Master and deliver modern technology base

  • Undertake advanced facility design studies

  • Pursue generic advantages

  • Exploit Knowledge Exchange opportunities

Astec programmes

ASTeC Programmes

  • Supported both through FDOD and SPO

  • Specific programmes, including Design Studies

  • Underpinning R&D, including technology and novel science

  • Matrixed staffing from 5 Groups

  • Oversight by ASTAB plus specific project apparatus

  • Successful STFC In-house Review in 2007

Ceo in house research review

CEO In-House Research Review

  • Published in 2008

  • Overwhelmingly positive:

    • “very high quality” research

    • internationally “competitive” and in some cases “leading”

    • centre of excellence goal “achieved”

    • collaborations praised

  • Comments:

    • strategic decision process to be strengthened

    • CERN collaboration to be strengthened

    • Further joint appointments and secondments to be promoted

  • Astec programme resource

    ASTeC Programme Resource

    Design Studies

    • PP - LC 1000k10 FTE

    • PP – NF800k 6 FTE

    • Neutron Facility 200K 4 FTE

    • Light Source -12 FTE

      Underpinning R&D

    • ALICE1000k13 FTE

    • SRF 500k 5 FTE

    • Guns 500k 2 FTE

    • HPPA and Targetry 900k 6 FTE

    • Novel accelerators1400k10 FTE

    • Technology Base500k5 FTE

    Linear collider

    Linear Collider

    • SPO funded activity

    • Major UK role in ILC design studies interrupted by serious funding agency issues in UK and USA

    • Project future very uncertain, especially with STFC

    • LC programme survives at 25% level (mainly staff)

    • CERN orientation to be emphasised

    • Scope for new (low level) activities

    • Note substantial HEI base

    Neutrino factory

    Neutrino Factory

    • SPO part funded activity

    • Clear international leadership

    • Note substantial HEI base

    • Programme overlaps generic high power beam one

    • MICE now more integrated – but tensioned

    Neutron source

    Neutron Source

    • Preparation for next generation facility

    • ISIS upgrade options studied (MW)

    • Strategy on ESS to be clarified

    • Small scale studies at present

    New light source

    New Light Source

    • 4GLS terminated

    • NLS science case accepted

    • Source studies commissioned by PSD etc

    • STFC/DLS collaboration

    • Proposal to be made late 2009

    • Parallel R&D studies to be considered



    • Major milestones achieved !

    • Scope and role has evolved into generic test bed

    • Ownership transferred to ASTeC April 2009

    • Exciting challenges ahead

    • Essential for EMMA

    • Funding shortfalls need resolution

    Superconducting rf systems

    Superconducting RF Systems

    • Essential modern accelerator technology

    • ASTeC R&D priority

    • ALICE experience has been valuable

    • Development programmes initiated

    • Major infrastructure investment essential

    • Daresbury strategic plan formulated

    Electron gun development

    Electron Gun Development

    • Laser driven photo-gun activities initiated at Daresbury

    • ALICE gun and upgrades give vital experience

    • Photocathode R&D programme in place

    • Superconducting option to be studied (eg for NLS ?)

    • Gun test facility proposed at Daresbury

    • Collaborating with DLS

    Hppa and targetry

    HPPA and Targetry

    • Front End Test Stand proceeding within ISIS

    • Multiple funding sources

    • Significant HEI role

    • High power target studies led by TD staff

    • Strategic aims may need reassessment

    Novel accelerators

    Novel Accelerators

    • Non-scaling FFAG studies – international collaboration

    • Neutrino Factory and medical applications

    • EMMA construction and PAMELA design (BT funded)

    • Plasma wake field developments

    • Theory team supported

    • CLF and ALPHA-X experimental programmes

    Core science and technology development

    Core Science and Technology Development

    • Necessary for core skills

    • Beam dynamics expertise – physics, codes, etc

    • Magnetics, RF, cryogenics, laser optics, diagnostics and vacuum science programmes

    • ASTeC laboratory and test area infrastructure

    • HEI and international collaborations

    Accelerator institutes

    Accelerator Institutes

    • ASTeC is core partner in Cockcroft Institute

    • Programme collaborations with John Adams Institute

    • Note HEI partnerships beyond these 5 universities

    • Major new (8 year) bids to be reviewed 9-11 February

    • Complementary roles will be beneficial

    • Any emerging UK AST strategy must utilise STFC skills and experience at DL and RAL

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