the group have a wide experience in the design and operation of large
vacuum systems for particle accelerators. The Group's main strengths lie
in the development and use of advanced modelling techniques for vacuum
system design and knowledge and understanding of specific particle
accelerators vacuum problems as well as Ultra High and Extreme High
vacuum technique. We use our skills both in the support and improvement
of existing accelerator facilities and in the design and specification
of new facilities.
The group is proud if it's state of the art
vacuum science laboratory and instrumentation laboratory. These
laboratories are used to run an advanced programme of R&D as well
as to provide the necessary vacuum facilities to underpin ASTeC
The principal areas of activity include:
- Investigating the properties of Non Evaporable Getters (NEG) and novel coatings for vacuum applications.
- Developing the techniques for producing thin films on vacuum vessel walls.
- Development of XHV technique for SCRF and Photoinjectors.
- Development of the materials used as photocathodes and processes involved in improving their performance.
- Vacuum metrology and calibration service.
- Investigating new cleaning techniques for UHV and XHV aplications.
- Advanced modelling and design of vacuum systems.
- Evaluation and development of vacuum equipment including pump speed measurements.
addition, members of the group are actively involved in training and
education in the field of vacuum science and technology, paper reviewing
for peer-review journals, organising vacuum conferences, workshops and
other events, having links with a number of universities and departments
as well as active involvement in the work of the International Union
for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA), the American
AVS and the vacuum group of the Institute of Physics (IoP)