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Beams: Inner and Outer Dimensions!

Tuesday 18 December 2007, 1400-1500
George Fox Building

Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay

Beginning with the "splitting of the atom" by late Sir John Cockcroft in 1932, progressive innovations in charged particle acceleration, storage and manipulation have led to major discoveries in molecular, atomic and sub-atomic sciences throughout the twentieth century. It has been a glorious past. As we enter the twenty-first century, the scientific and technological challenges to science-driven innovations are enormous - production of bright, energetic and ordered charged particle and light beams that focus energy and information in brilliant bursts at nanometre scales for fleeting moments lasting femto- to atto-seconds! But the potential scientific rewards are even greater.

Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay will outline these challenges and explore a few sample territories of potential innovations and discoveries in the ultra-small and ultra-fast space-time domains under extreme energy densities with every-day as well as cosmic implications for matter and life.

Profile: Swapan Chattopadhyay

Swapan Chattopadhyay holds the Sir John Cockcroft Chair of Physics at Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster - the First Chair of accelerator physics in UK, named after the British Nobel Laureate credited with creating the field. Concurrently, he is the inaugural Director of the newly created international centre of accelerator science and technology, the Cockcroft Institute in Cheshire, UK - a joint venture of STFC, Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster and the North West Development Agency (NWDA).

Professor Chattopadhyay has previously served as the Associate Director of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in USA (2001-2007), Founder/Director of the Centre for Beam Physics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1992-2001) and Senior Scientist at Berkeley Lab and Professor in the Graduate School at University of California at Berkeley (1984 - 2001).

Born and educated in Darjeeling and Calcutta, India as a National Scholar and National Science Talent Scholar till completion of his undergraduate studies, he completed PhD in Physics from Berkeley in 1982 and spent two critical years 1982-1984 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland as a Scientific Attaché. There he contributed significantly to the phase-space cooling of antiprotons leading to luminous proton-antiproton collisions that established the existence of the Intermediate Vector Bosons responsible for the unification of the electro-weak force in nature.

Subsequent professional developments have led to increasing diversification of Professor Chattopadhyay's career over time leading to significant milestones of accomplishments to date: design, construction and commissioning of the Advanced Light Source at Berkeley, pioneering the Berkeley-Stanford Asymmetric Electron-Positron Collider PEP-II towards CP-violation studies, initiating the research program at Berkeley on laser-plasma acceleration and on ultra-fast x-ray sources in the femto- and atto-second time scales and critical advancements in microwave superconductivity at Jefferson Lab leading the way to current and future grand instruments of science such as the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA and the current superconducting version of the International Linear Collider.

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