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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)

8 July 2021
New Higgs BIC incubatee Lenz Labs to solve train delays
New Higgs BIC incubatee Lenz Labs to solve train delays

High-tech start-up Lenz Labs, who recently joined the Higgs Business Incubation Centre (BIC) programme at the Higgs Centre for Innovation, is developing innovative new technology that could solve a long-standing problem.

29 June 2021
Leading-edge space research in the classroom: what the students found and how it's helping astronomers
Leading-edge space research in the classroom: what the students found and how it's helping astronomers

Sixth form students have been given the unique opportunity to present their own findings from a project that supports the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) mission. Their findings will help identify potential targets for the Webb telescope due to launch in autumn this year.

15 June 2021
Could an experimental set-up help save our art heritage?
Could an experimental set-up help save our art heritage?

Scientists have used STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Source to test new non-destructive ways to prevent environmental damage to historical paintings.

11 June 2021
Avoiding space jams and finding space junk – with unprecedented precision
Avoiding space jams and finding space junk – with unprecedented precision

A UK start-up company is developing ground-based laser technology that can pinpoint, down to the centimetre, the exact distance between Earth and a satellite in low earth orbit.

7 June 2021
Predicting weather and climate change at a million, million, trillion calculations per second
Predicting weather and climate change at a million, million, trillion calculations per second

First global weather and climate simulations have run on the Met Office’s revolutionary new atmosphere model, marking the 10-year anniversary of the ground breaking ‘GungHo’ project between the Met Office, NERC and STFC.

4 June 2021
STFC grant brings digital science to Leicester community
STFC grant brings digital science to Leicester community

A successful project to bring space science to communities in Leicester has been celebrating the young people who ensured that the pandemic didn’t quell the enthusiasm for learning about the Universe.

27 May 2021
New STFC fellow aims to transform how researchers work together
New STFC fellow aims to transform how researchers work together

Scientists of today use data processing software to make discoveries, but it takes the right software to crunch the masses of data and present it to be analysed.

7 May 2021
Daresbury Laboratory plays key role in groundbreaking radiotherapy research
Daresbury Laboratory plays key role in groundbreaking radiotherapy research

A UK-first experiment at the CLARA facility, at STFC's Daresbury Laboratory, is part of a groundbreaking research project studying the potential for an alternative form of radiotherapy for treating cancer.

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.

Last updated: 28 October 2019

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