Magnetics and Radiation Sources
22 Mar 2010



The Magnetics and Radiation Sources (MaRS) Group, led by Ben Shepherd is part of the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC).


​​​​MaRS Group​


The Magnetics and Radiation Sources (MaRS) group within ASTeC, led by Ben Shepherd plays a key role in controlling beams in accelerators, is developing new magnet technologies to reduce the power consumption of such accelerators, and is fundamental in designing the next generation of accelerator-based light sources, Free Electron Lasers (FELs).

Under the leadership of Ben Shepherd, MaRS scientists have a number of high profile programmes with national and international laboratories including CERN and Diamond Light Source.

Innovative new FEL lasing schemes to overcome limitations of current FEL light sources are being developed with colleagues from the University of Strathclyde, a Cockcroft Institute partner university. The CLARA FEL test facility will allow these ideas to be tested and new technologies critically assessed.

Associated Academics and Fellows

Brian McNeil, University of Strathclyde,

David Holland, Honorary and Visiting Scientist ​

Mark Surman​, Honorary and Visiting Scientist

Key Project Areas 

Click below to find out more about the key projects MaRS are working on:

CLARA FEL Test Facility

The ZEPTO Project

Superconducting Undulators for Light Sources

Exploitation of Accelerators in Medical and Physical Sciences

Group Staff

​​Ben Shepherd - MaRS Group Leader ​​

Contact: Baker, Emily (STFC,DL,AST)