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Roger Jones, FInstP, CSci, CPhys, FRSA, FHEA, SMIEEE


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I am  Head of the Particle Accelerator Physics Group.  Several group members have subsidiary membership with the Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics Groups.   I have an active program on beam electrodynamics.  At present I am task leader for Accelerator and Beam Studies for the European Framework 7.   This task entails three main areas: HOMBPM studies, LLRF (Low Level RF) and SCRF gun (ELBE).  The international collaborative effort spans DESY, BESY,  CERN, University of Manchester and the Cockcroft Institute.

I am also Head of Education, Training and Outreach at the Cockroft Institute of Science and Technology.   The Cockcroft provides a base for postgraduate studies and is equipped with a series of internationally acclaimed particle accelerators.   A full series of graduate level lectures -ranging from introductory to advanced- is provided by the relevant experts on a weekly basis.

My research interest lies in collective effects, beam dynamics, wake-fields and higher order mode analysis for the XFEL/ILC main linacs and collimators, beam impedance and beam dynamics issues for CLIC, LHC. and HIE-Isolde.   Prior to taking up the faculty appointment at the University of Manchester I was at Stanford University pursuing research on high energy linacs and this was preceded by a research appointment at the Cavendish labs, University of Cambridge. 

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Research interests

My research interests are focused on accelerator physics and in the general area of beam electrodynamics. I have made significant contributions to the understanding of large scale colliders and small semi-portable accelerators. At present I am involved in the simulation, analysis and measurement of collective effects, beam dynamics, wake-fields and higher order mode analysis for CLIC, the LHC, ILC and XFELs. Additional work is being pursued on beam impedance issues for FP420/LHC. Beam dynamics and cavity RF issues for the HIE-Isolde facility at CERN are a developing research interest, together with FFAG impedance RF coupling effects. I am actively collaborating with physicists at the Cockcroft Institute/Daresbury Lab., DESY, CERN and SLAC. My research group at Manchester has a focus on the electrodynamics of wake-fields. However, additional research in my group is actively involved with the beam dynamics and vacuum science of photocathodes.


I usually have a number of Ph.D. positions for suitably qualified students, mainly in the area of beam dynamics, wake-fields and impedances. These projects have both theoretical and experimental aspects. I may have CASE Studentships available -these will be for specific projects. This research entails ongoing collaborations with KEK, SLAC, CERN and DESY.

Currently I supervise 5 Ph.D. students and one PDRA.  At present I have openings for Ph.D. study in areas strongly related to VHEE radiotherapy (design of a novel machine, dose studies, cell DNA damage and treatment planning), and wakefield studies for XFELs.  Some of these research topics will entail spending considerable periods at CERN in order to successfully interact with the AB group on site.  Please feel free to contact Prof. R.M. Jones ( to discuss these and other Ph.D. projects.

I regularly teach graduate level courses on, linear accelerators, and wakefields and collective effects.  These courses are intended to reinforce the studies of my Ph.D. students.

Manchester University and the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury collaborate with institutions around the world in high energy physics experiments. 


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