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The John Adams Institute is expanding

The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is expanding, with a new research base at Imperial College London joining two existing centres at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Oxford.

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The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is a centre of excellence in the UK for advanced and novel accelerator technology, providing expertise, research, development and training in accelerator techniques, and promoting advanced accelerator applications in science and society. The JAI was created in October 2004 initially as a joint venture between the Departments of Physics in the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London, and is operating with enabling support by the Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC).

Prof Andrei Seryi, the JAI Director, said: “The JAI teams and the Imperial teams started developing these joint plans in the beginning of 2011, which culminated in submission of a four-year JAI scientific plan to STFC in early Summer of 2011, its positive review by an independent panel of experts and consequent award of the STFC grant for JAI at three universities. I am very pleased that these efforts were successful.”

Prof Zulfikar Najmudin, the JAI Deputy Director and Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, said: “The JAI now connects the world-leading efforts on laser plasma acceleration which were developed in Imperial's Plasma Physics group and Oxford's Atomic and Laser group, and enhanced by the traditional strength of JAI in laser-beam expertise, and creates new opportunities for developments of laser plasma acceleration applications and new instruments, in particular compact X-ray light sources.”

Prof Maggie Dallman, Principal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London, and member of the JAI Governing Board, said: “With JAI established in Imperial we are looking forward, in collaboration with our two excellent university partners, to enhancing our activities toward development of application based on our innovative research in accelerator, plasma and laser physics as well as boost our industrial connections.”

Prof John Womersley, the STFC Chief Executive said: "STFC supports the JAI because of the importance that we place on accelerator R&D and the Institute's world-class capabilities. The expansion of the Institute to include Imperial College London will not only strengthen the collaboration between leading UK universities, with a focus in developing new laser-based accelerators, but will also lead to novel applications areas and help to attract and train the next generation of accelerator scientists and engineers."

On the photo: “A research team from the newly formed Imperial College division of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science working on an experiment on the Gemini High Power Laser Facility at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory.”

Synchronized announcements at Imperial College, Royal Holloway and University of Oxford.