Particle Accelerators and Beams Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

About the group 

As a special interest, member-driven group, we promote the professional profile of physicists working in the field of particle accelerators.

Our interests include:

  • pulsed power
  • circular colliders
  • radio-frequency systems
  • instrumentation for accelerators
  • particle sources for accelerators
  • high energy hadron accelerators
  • advanced concepts for accelerators
  • control systems and accelerator operation
  • accelerator technology, including magnets
  • beam dynamics, including electrodynamics
  • applications of accelerators, especially medical and industrial
  • lepton accelerators, both electron and muon/neutrino
  • synchrotron radiation light sources, including free-electron lasers
  • low energy accelerators, including electrostatic, linear, and cyclotron accelerators

What the group does

We promote the professional profile of physicists working in the field of particle accelerators. We do this with:

  • events
  • publicity
  • outreach
  • recognising academics

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Group physics prizes and competitions 

We have two prizes that recognise contributions to particle accelerators and beams:

  1. student posters awarded at our annual meeting
  2. outstanding individual contributions to the field

Student Poster Prize

We award prizes for outstanding student posters at our annual meeting.

The prizes are £50.
Posters can be presented by an individual student or in collaboration. Students attend the session to answer questions from the panel. 

The prize is judged by a panel of at least two eminent scientists in the field, nominated by the group committee that considers:

  • clarity of aims
  • balance between text and figures
  • logical drawing of conclusions

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Prize for Outstanding Professional Contributions

The annual prize recognises someone who has contributed to accelerator science and technology in the UK or Ireland and raised its public profile. 

You can be considered for this prize if you:

  • are of any nationality
  • nominated by a member of the Institute
  • had a significant impact on major scientific or technological advancement, or
  • promoted important educational or outreach activities for the science of particle accelerators and beams 

Submissions should include:

  • maximum two page summary
  • a small amount of ancillary material, including major citation evidence (if relevant)
  • up to two letters of support for the candidate 

The winner is chosen by a prize committee appointed by the chair of the group.

The timetable for the prize is:

  • December to February: call for nominations
  • March: prize committee deliberates
  • April: winner is announced at the group’s annual conference. The previous year’s winner is invited to give the conference prize talk.

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Richard Walker

For his exceptional contribution to the design and development of internationally pioneering modern light sources.


Andy Wolski

For his outstanding fundamental research leading to ultra-high-quality beam generation at accelerator facilities worldwide.


Mike Poole

For his world-class, internationally-recognised contributions to accelerator physics and the advancement of Free Electron Laser facilities worldwide.


Chris Prior

For his seminal contributions to the mathematical modelling of intense particle beams.


Ian Gardner

For his many innovative contributions to the physics and engineering of high-power proton accelerators and beams.


Professor Neil Marks

For his many innovative contributions to the physics and technology of magnet systems for particle accelerators and beam lines.

Physics resources

High Performance Computing for Discovery at Accelerator Facilities, 27 April 2017 

Download the presentation that includes discussion on:

  • codes and Interface
  • physics problems to solve
  • numerical problems to solve

Group events 

Find group events on the IOP events portal.


We publish a biannual newsletter and encourage members to publicise items of interest to the community .

June 2020 (PDF, 3.2MB)
December 2019 (PDF, 2.2MB)
June 2019 (PDF, 3.4MB)
December 2018 (PDF, 2.41MB)
June 2018 (PDF, 4.52)
December 2017 (PDF, 3.56MB)
June 2017 (PDF, 3.7MB)
December 2016 (PDF, 4.12MB)
June 2016 (PDF, 4.39MB)
December 2015 (PDF, 2.92MB)

Useful links

Links to UK Accelerator Centres

Brunel University 
Cockcroft Institute 
Daresbury Laboratory 
Diamond Light Source 
Huddersfield University 
Imperial College 
ISIS Neutron and Muon Source 
John Adams Institute
Lancaster University 
Royal Holloway University of London 
University College London 
University of Dundee 
University of Glasgow 
University of Liverpool 
University of Strathclyde
University of Warwick

Committee and contacts

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