Particle Accelerator Engineering Annual Event 2022

We are extremely excited to announce that this year the conference will be coming to you live from CERN!  This year the conference will be a hybrid event.

The particle accelerator engineering network is a unique assemblage of scientists, engineers, academics and technicians involved in the fascinating world of particle addelerators. 

By attending this event, you will be among those that have contributed to growing our understanding of the world that we live in through projects such as the large hadron collider.  Topical applications of particle accelerators are also discussed, such as Crab Cavity Cryomodule developments, diagnostic development at CERN, mechanical properties of braided carbon nanotubes for use in the HL-LHC wire scanners.

Beam Instrumentation Challenges at CERN

Ray Veness, CERN

Ray is a Mechanical Engineer by background, with a PhD in solid mechanics from the University of Leicester. He worked on fusion technology at Culham before coming to CERN at the start of the LHC project.

He has worked on a wide range of subjects at CERN, including cryogenic measurements for superconductors, ultra-high vacuum for machine and experiments as well as beam instrumentation across the CERN accelerator complex. 

He is currently Deputy Head of the CERN Beam Instrumentation Group as well as the Section Leader for Instrumentation Mechanics.


HL-LHC Crab Cavity Cryomodule developments in the UK

Nik Templeton, STFC

Nik Templeton is a chartered mechanical engineer who’s currently leading UK Crab Cavity team on the Hi-Lumi LHC Project. Nik has been involved in the Crab Cavity project since 2012, developing the initial cryomodule designs and delivering multiple packages of work for the world’s first crabbing of a proton beam on the SPS in 2018. With more than 10 years’ experience on both super and normal conducting accelerators, Nik has collaborated on projects across Europe and North America including work placements at CERN & DESY Zeuthen. 

Nik’s talk will focus on the ongoing activities at Daresbury Laboratory for the delivery of pre-series and series Crab Cavity Cryomodules for the upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.


Multiphysics Coupled Simulations from Dassault Systems

Dr Ben Pine, Dassault Systems

Ben has worked as an Industry Process Consultant at Dassault Systems for 3 years. Ben works with the Opera team, spending most of his time on accelerator and MRI magnets, magnetization and quench.

Before that, Ben was an Accelerator Physicist at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for 15 years, where he worked to study, operate and upgrade the ISIS Spallation Neutron Source proton synchrotron.

Ben got his DPhil in particle physics from the University of Oxford, studying part-time while at the laboratory.


LIGHT Beam Production System: commissioning strategy of a LINAC for proton therapy 

Luis Navarro, ADAM-AVO

Luis is Doctor in Astroparticle physics by the University of Granada with the Pierre Auger Observatory. After the PhD I joined CERN for three years as Marie Curie fellow to perform studies on high gradient accelerating cavities and beam commissioning for the Compact Lineal Collider (CLIC) test facility. He is currently Accelerator Run Coordinator and Deputy Group Leader of the Radio-frequency department at ADAM-AVO.

After the successful demonstration of LIGHT (LINAC for Image Guided Hadron-Therapy) technology at the ADAM CERN bunker, the first 230 MeV full beam production system under medical certification is being commissioned at Daresbury Laboratory (STFC). An overview of the strategy for the commissioning of the LINAC accelerator and the status will be discussed.


Mechanical characterisation of braided carbon nanotubes for wire scanners

Dr Alexander Lunt, University of Bath

Dr Alexander Lunt is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at University of Bath. He is a trailblazer in the world of materials engineering (70+ publications, £7m+ income) and leads a team of 11 PhD students working on topics ranging from carbon nanotubes to novel detector cooling joining methodologies, and from carbon fibre structural batteries to advanced additive manufacture design. Much of Dr Lunt’s research is collaborative, and industry linked. Accordingly he has a strong international network of academic and commercial partners in world leading organisations. Dr Lunt is the University’s CMS affiliation lead, is composites editor for Elsevier’s Materials & Design (IF = 9.4) and sits on numerous research and technology advisory panels. He makes widespread use of large research facilities such as Diamond Light Source and has been widely decorated for his research/teaching methods.

The increased luminosity generated in future particle accelerator systems will require improvements to existing beam instrumentation techniques and materials. A promising route for future beam-profile wire scanners is the use of braided carbon nanotubes which have an exceptional combination of mechanical properties and thermal characteristics. Accordingly, a bespoke braiding system has been developed to produce the braids required, however optimisation of the braiding parameters is required to maximise the potential of this new technology. This study outlines initial investigations into the effects of key parameters on mechanical performance and potential routes to reliably model these systems. The resulting insights will help refine braiding geometries for the HL-LHC, but also have important implications for alternative uses of these high specific stiffness wires.


Rapid simulation validation using 3D printing

Duncan Bourne, Elekta

Duncan is a Principal Mechanical Engineer at Elekta, where he has worked since 2001. Since 2009 he has been heavily involved in the project which delivered the Elekta Unity MRI/Linac system in 2018. In addition to working on the engineering and manufacturing aspects of the cavity and RF systems, he has also worked on other systems such as Gantries, MultiLeaf Collimators, Patient Tables etc.

Duncan will give a talk on a simple idea which was used to very rapidly validate a cavity simulation using 3D printing.


Title tbc

Alan Letchford, STFC UKRI

Alan joined the Rutherford Appleton Lab. in 1987 as an electrical technician on the operations crew of the ISIS accelerator. He subsequently spent periods as a technician in the Synchrotron RF and Linac Groups before completing my engineering degree. Following his degree he spent two years in Germany, first at FZJ Julich studying beam dynamics and designing the linac for the original ESS project, then at Frankfurt University learning about the design and construction of RFQs. Back at RAL he led the ISIS Pre-injector Upgrade project before becoming the Linac Group Leader. He is currently head of Linac R&D.

The Front End Test Stand is an accelerator R&D project at RAL based around a 3 MeV RFQ. This talk will give an overview of the current status as the project nears completion.


Engineering Accelerators at CERN

Mike Lamont, CERN

Mike is presently Director of Accelerators and Technology after having had a lot of fun over years working on the SPS, LEP, and more recently the LHC and Physics Beyond Colliders. Managerial roles along the way included Operations group leader and deputy head of the Beams department.

The CERN accelerator complex demands a wide range of technology deployed on a huge scale. High performance with good availability across the full complex is paramount for effective exploitation and delivery of a wide-ranging physics programme. Following a brief overview, some specific challenges, experiences, and lessons learnt are recalled.


Early-career Engineer Poster Competition

We are proud to open our early-career engineering poster competition for 2022. Applicants should be within 4 years of their undergraduate degree OR be registered in an industry or national lab graduate programme. The posters can cover any area of particle accelerator engineering (mechanical, electronic, electrical, control, etc) and membership of the IMECHE or IET is not required although is strongly encouraged for all engineers.

The prize is a £100 gift voucher plus an IET certificate

The competition is open to graduate engineers and engineering students either in industry, national laboratories or universities and is open to all age ranges.

Entrants must be available to stand by their poster A0 on the afternoon of the 25th November during a poster and networking session

To enter the competition please email your name, affiliation and poster title to Prof Graeme Burt before 4pm on the 4th November 2022.


For more information contact Joanne Longton


  • Electromagnetics
  • Particle Accelerators

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


25 Nov 2022

9:00am - 4:30pm

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Particle Accelerator TPN


Council Chamber, CERN

Esplanade des Particules 1
P.O. Box 1211


Agenda, subject to change:


Welcome and Coffee

Graeme Burt, Chair, IET Particle Accelerator Engineering Network


Beam Instrumentation Challenges at CERN

Ray Veness (CERN)



HL-LHC Crab Cavity Cryomodule developments in the UK

Nik Templeton (STFC)



Title tbc

Alan Letchford FETS







LIGHT Beam Production System: commissioning strategy of a LINAC for proton therapy

Luis Navarro



Fast reactive tuners for RF cavities

Nick Shipman (Lancaster)



Rapid simulation validation using 3D printing

Duncan Bourne, Elekta







Mechanical characterisation of braided carbon nanotubes for wire scanners

Alexander Lunt, Bath



Beam-Line Vacuum installation – Conception to Commissioning

Anthony Harrison


Multiphysics Coupled Simulations from Dassault Systems

Ben Pine




Coffee and student posters




Engineering Accelerators at CERN

Mike Lamont, Director of Accelerators and Technology, CERN



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