Professor Philip Burrows became Interim Director of the John Adams Institute effective June 2018. He succeeds Prof. Andrei Seryi, who has taken up the post of Associate Director for Accelerator Operations, Research and Development at the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in the USA.
Phil has been Professor in the Physics Department at Oxford University since 2006 and Associate Director of the JAI. His own research is focussed on advanced beam feedback systems characterised by low latency (order 10-100ns), high resolution, high power, and high bandwidth response. His Feedback On Nanosecond Timescales (FONT) research group has built pioneering closed-loop feedback and feed-forward systems that have been deployed at the NLC Test Accelerator at SLAC, the Accelerator Test Facility (ATF/ATF2) at KEK, and the CLIC Test Facility (CTF3) at CERN. These systems have been developed in the context of beam control for next-generation high-energy electron-positron colliders. So far 20 students have done PhDs in the FONT group.
Phil was Chair of the IoP PAB Group between 2012 and 2016. He is Spokesperson of the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) accelerator Collaboration and is currently Guest Professor at CERN.