Picard's study of the microwaves that speed from the megawatt gyrotron at MIT’s PSFC could lead the way to smaller and more powerful particle accelerators, the kind of finished product Picard finds rewarding.
Particle accelerators are some of the biggest man-made machines, capable of endowing particles with tera-electron-volts of energy. A group led by Richard Temkin at MIT has designed and tested a “metamaterial” that offers potential advantages for wakefield acceleration.
MIT graduate student Xueying Lu was named the 2018 Student Poster Winner at the Advanced Accelerator Concept (AAC) Workshop, a biennial forum for intensive discussions on long-term advanced accelerator physics and technology.
“The best thing I learned in grad school is not necessarily how to amplify 140 GHz; it’s really the ability to go back and challenge the fundamental axioms behind your entire design approach.” - PhD Candidate Sasha Soane
Dr. Richard J. Temkin, a senior scientist in the Department of Physics and associate director of the PSFC, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Plasma Science and Application Award. Temkin, who heads the Waves and Beams Division at the PSFC, was cited "for fundamental contributions to the field of high power gyrotrons and their application."