One of the biggest mysteries in modern physics is the nature of so called dark matter particles. The illusive particles are thought to make up about 27% of the mass in the universe but their detection has so far evaded scientists. A new facility planned at CERN, the eSPS, seeks to change that. The facility, based around CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS), will provide electron beams of up to 18 GeV to the Light Dark Matter eXperiment (LDMX), which would search for dark matter in the mass range we find most ordinary matter, a few MeV to GeV. The current first year PhD students at the John Adams Institute were tasked with completing a design study on the eSPS and then presented the results.
With Hilary term drawing to a close we reach the final talk of our current JAI seminar series. In many ways the best talk has been saved until last. The first year JAI students will be presenting the work that they have done towards their first year design project on Thursday 11th March at 16:15. The aim of this year’s JAI student project is to prepare a design of the primary electron beam for the electron-Super Proton Synchrotron (eSPS) at CERN. Due to the problems caused by Covid, the work done by the students had to be done online, but this has not diminished its quality! Obviously this also means the talk will have to be done via Zoom, which can be accessed by this Zoom link.
The penultimate talk in the 2021 Hilary Term JAI lecture series will take place on Thursday 4th March 2021 at 16:15. The talk, to be given by Dr. John Thomason of STFC-RAL, will discuss the proposed upgrade to the ISIS Muon and Neutron Source, ISIS-II. As with the rest of the series, the current Covid-19 related turmoil means that the talk will be given via Zoom, which can be accessed by this Zoom link.
The sixth talk in the JAI seminar series is due to be given on Thursday 25th February at 16:15, by Dr. Alexander Gerbershagen of CERN. The talk entitled Physics vs. cancer, will discuss the hot topics in particle therapy accelerator development. As has become the norm since the beginning of the current Covid-crisis, the talk will be held on Zoom, which can be accessed by this Zoom link.
Professor Philip Burrows has been working with UK company TMD Technologies to design key elements of a next-generation electron-positron collider at CERN.