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Energy-saving 'super-magnets' could power our particle accelerators of the future

Particle accelerators have been responsible for achieving some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in human history - CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland enabled scientists to discover the Higgs boson. While the LHC will continue to deliver ground-breaking science at CERN for years to come, physicists are already considering and planning for their next large scale research facility. One of the future particle accelerators that is being proposed is the Compact Linear Collider, or CLIC.

One of the key challenges faced when designing and building a next generation particle accelerator is energy consumption and the associated financial and environmental cost. A large portion of the energy requirements is in the flexible, tuneable electromagnets that are used to bend and focus the beam, which require a considerable amount of energy to operate.  Engineers at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory have successfully designed and built a new type of energy-saving magnet, the Zero Power Tuneable Optics magnet (ZEPTO) that could power our next generation of particle accelerator at a fraction of the energy cost.  

STFC’s Ben Shepherd, Head of Magnetics at Daresbury Laboratory, has been invited to present on this fascinating work at the opening session of the 11th International Particle Accelerator Conference, IPAC 2020, in France early next year.  IPAC is the main international event for the world-wide accelerator community and industry, attended by more than 1,500 participants every year.  Ben’s talk, ‘Permanent Magnets in Accelerators’ will provide a fascinating overview of the design and development of the ZEPTO magnet.  Hear more about Ben’s fascinating work: 

Hear more about STFC’s Ben Shepherd’s fascinating work on the ZEPTO magnets
(Credit: STFC)

16 March 2021
How knowing your left from right can bulk up shellfish
How knowing your left from right can bulk up shellfish

Scientists from Evonik Industries and the University of Reading have used STFC's ISIS Neutron and Muon Source to study the difference between two forms of a new feed supplement for shellfish that is more sustainable and nutritious.

19 February 2021
Powering the European Spallation Source
Powering the European Spallation Source

STFC and the University of Huddersfield have successfully delivered the final assignment of radio frequency distribution system waveguide runs to the European Spallation Source (ESS) project in Lund, Sweden.

15 February 2021
The cycling app harnessing satellite data – giving you more choice about your route
The cycling app harnessing satellite data – giving you more choice about your route

Huli is the newest start-up at the Higgs Centre for Innovation, at Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE). They join the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) programme with an ambition to get more people cycling – through their innovative new app, Huli.

13 January 2021
CARME sets off from Daresbury to Germany
CARME sets off from Daresbury to Germany

The CRYRING Array for Reaction Measurements (CARME) vacuum chamber has left STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory for its new home in Germany.

07 January 2021
Upskill apprenticeships prove it's always a good time to learn
Upskill apprenticeships prove it's always a good time to learn

A study co-funded by STFC and led by a team of researchers from Imperial College London may have uncovered why bone inflexibility can be linked to hip fracture risk.

18 December 2020
The bare bones of hip fractures
The bare bones of hip fractures

A study co-funded by STFC and led by a team of researchers from Imperial College London may have uncovered why bone inflexibility can be linked to hip fracture risk.

15 December 2020
Scientists divulge superhero secrets with children's ward and libraries
Scientists divulge superhero secrets with children's ward and libraries

A team of super scientists are divulging their super-power secrets with children across the country this Christmas.

11 December 2020
STFC celebrates 10 years of bringing space technology to UK start-ups
STFC celebrates 10 years of bringing space technology to UK start-ups

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is celebrating 10 years of being part of what is now the world’s largest space innovation network for technology start-ups. For the UK alone, companies are achieving a 92% survival rate and have collectively raised more than £75 million investment.

 

20 November 2020
Daresbury Apprentice scoops NW Apprentice of the Year award
Daresbury Apprentice scoops NW Apprentice of the Year award

Daresbury Laboratory technician Alex Headspith has won the North West BT Advanced Apprentice of the Year award, in the regional round of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards 2020.

02 November 2020
40 years of impact from a world-first facility at Daresbury
40 years of impact from a world-first facility at Daresbury

STFC's Daresbury Laboratory is celebrating 40 years of world-changing impact thanks to research carried out at its Synchrotron Radiation Source facility (SRS), one of the world’s most pioneering scientific inventions of its time. 

Last updated: 28 October 2019

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