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Accelerator Science and Technology Centre

ASTeC studies all aspects of the science and technology of charged particle accelerators, ranging from large scale international and national research facilities through to specialised industrial and medical applications.

ASTeC staff pursue world class research and development programmes on behalf of STFC and ASTeC is a partner in the Cockcroft Institute. More details available on the ASTeC website.


Some major ASTeC programmes are listed here and more detailed information about our work can be found in our Science Highlights reports.

Science Highlights

Contact us

Accelerator Science and Technology Centre
Daresbury Laboratory
Sci-Tech Daresbury
Keckwick Lane

Tel: +44 (0)1925 603 628
Fax: +44 (0)1925 603 192
Email: Michelle Keeley

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ASTeC works closely with the Daresbury Laboratory Science in Society team to support school visits, deliver "Particle Physics Master Classes" for A-Level students and participate in science communication events such as the Big Bang Fair.

In the resources below, ASTeC staff members explain aspects of accelerator science and their own work.

A short tour around the ALICE and EMMA particle accelerators at Daresbury
(Credit: BackstageScience)

The workings of an Electron Gun
(Credit: BackstageScience)

ALICE at Daresbury (2012)
(Credit: mediaservicesdl)

Peter Williams, ASTeC Scientist, interviewed about his work
(Credit: BackstageScience)

“Weird Magnets I have known” - Talk by Professor Neil Marks
(Credit: mediaservicesdl)
View the slides

Last updated: 14 August 2017


Science and Technology Facilities Council
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