Radio Frequency and Cryogenics
17 Nov 2020



The RF and Cryogenic Group, led by Alan Wheelhouse, is part of the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) and comprises engineers and physicists who develop state of the art RF and Cryogenics systems for electron and proton particle accelerator

CLARA 400Hz Gun

​​​​CLARA 400Hz Gun


​The specialist expertise available in the group provides ASTeC with the ability to design, fabricate, commission and ultimately operate a wide variety of complex accelerator systems; expertise which includes:

  • Optimised electro-magnetic design of both normal-conducting and super-conducting accelerating structures.
  • Analogue and digital Low Level RF control system design and implementation.
  • Cryogenic system process optimisation and plant infrastructure development.

We work closely with international collaborating laboratories and institutes to propel technological developments as part of ASTeC's strategic mission. Being an integral member of the Cockcroft Institute, the group has a strong history of collaboration with both Manchester and Lancaster Universities for the development of advanced RF and diagnostics systems for the next generation of collider accelerators. The group also has an ongoing remit to promote knowledge exchange opportunities with UK industry for accelerator technology development.

Current key projects and areas for which the group is involved are:-

Group Staff