Prize for Outstanding Professional Contributions – accelerator science and technology
This 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
- are nominated by a member of the IOP
- have had a significant impact on major scientific or technological advancement, or
- have promoted important educational or outreach activities for the science of particle accelerators and beams
Submissions should include:
- a 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
For his contributions in pioneering the theoretical development and understanding of free electron lasers, including the identification of the so-called ‘weak-super-radiant’ or ‘single spike SASE’ regime, the application of phase-shifters along an FEL to stimulate harmonic lasing and the concept of regenerative amplifier FELs. These and other numerous innovative ideas have since been taken up by others in the field and incorporated into FEL user facilities around the world.
Brian has also played an essential role within the UK as an advocate for FELs and as an educator of a generation of accelerator and FEL experts. For many years he was one of only a few genuinely recognised FEL experts in the UK. He used his knowledge to help steer the innovative ERL-based 4GLS design study and later the NLS study. He has supervised a number of PhD students who have since become recognised as experts in their own right.
For his holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to high-intensity particle beam target facility design. He has worked on several world-leading HEP experiments including T2K, NOvA and DUNE/LBNF, and on RADIATE, has built his group at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) into the world’s foremost experts on neutrino production targets, and raised the profile of UK accelerator physics internationally.
For major contributions, innovation and leadership in accelerator and light source science, including in operations and upgrades of the synchrotron radiation source (SRS) at Daresbury Laboratory, in leading the accelerator design for the Diamond facility at RAL, and leading the construction of the ERL ALICE, EMMA and CLARA facilities at Daresbury.
In the last decade Susan has simultaneously been the director of the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) and head of Daresbury Laboratory, roles which recognise her exceptional scientific expertise and managerial abilities.
For his exceptional contribution to the design and development of internationally pioneering modern light sources.
For his outstanding fundamental research leading to ultra-high-quality beam generation at accelerator facilities worldwide.
For his world-class, internationally recognised contributions to accelerator physics and the advancement of Free Electron Laser facilities worldwide.
For his seminal contributions to the mathematical modelling of intense particle beams.
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.