Professor Philip Burrows appointed Director of the JAI

4 June 2020

Professor Philip Burrows has been appointed Director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science (JAI) for a five-year term. The JAI is a three institute centre of excellence for advanced accelerator science and technology based in the Department of Physics at Oxford and at Royal Holloway University of London and Imperial College London.

Professor Ian Shipsey, Head of the Department of Physics at Oxford, comments: ‘Philip has served ably as interim-Director of the JAI for the past two years and his appointment to Director is thoroughly deserved; he is an eminent scientist and his appointment will mark, I am sure, the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the institute. It is a privilege to have the JAI within the Department of Physics at Oxford and I look forward to a continued collaborative and productive partnership.’

Philip Burrows is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College. His research is focused on the design of beam delivery systems for high-energy subatomic particle colliders and beamlines, including advanced beam instrumentation and nanosecond-timescale feedback and control systems. He has performed experiments at numerous accelerator laboratories including CERN (Switzerland), DESY (Germany), SLAC (USA) and KEK (Japan). He is Spokesperson of the worldwide Compact Linear Collider Collaboration and is a UK delegate to the European Committee for Future Accelerators. He chairs the Physics Review Committee of the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) laboratory and has previously chaired the STFC Particle Physics Advisory Panel and the UK Institute of Physics Particle Accelerators and Beams Group, as well as served on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Committee. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the American Physical Society.

A national collaboration

The JAI performs R&D and training, provides expertise, and generates societal benefits through advances in technologies for healthcare and industry. The institute currently comprises 20 faculty, 29 staff, and 39 PhD students from the physics departments of Oxford University, Royal Holloway University of London, and Imperial College London. An additional 33 staff from the UK’s national laboratories and CERN are affiliated with the JAI’s research and teaching programmes.

The JAI has three main pillars of activity:

  • R&D on forefront accelerator physics, technologies, systems, and facilities.
  • Education and training of the current and next generations of accelerator scientists.
  • Impact, including societal applications, knowledge exchange and public engagement.

The JAI’s core R&D programme is founded on the expertise of its faculty and staff in beam dynamics, beam instrumentation, feedback and control, RF systems, metrology and alignment systems, lasers and plasmas, and medical beamlines and comprises:

  • Low-emittance, high-brightness electron beams, including next-generation electron positron colliders (ILC, CLIC), the Diamond Light Source (DLS) and its upgrade, and a future UK FEL;
  • High-energy/high-intensity hadron beams, including current and future energy-frontier proton colliders (LHC, HL-LHC, FCC), and ISIS and its upgrade;
  • Advanced acceleration techniques, including laser- and beam-driven plasma-wakefield acceleration;
  • Particle-beam therapy applications using electron, proton and ion beams.

World-leading graduate programme

The JAI’s graduate education and training programme is recognised as world-leading providing comprehensive formal training in accelerator physics and technology combined with 3 years of research on a cutting-edge topic at a leading accelerator facility. The institute is vigorously pursuing societal applications and impact of its R&D via collaborations with industry and the medical community, as well as public engagement.