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Accelerator schools and recently received some offers

  1. Mar 7, 2017 #1
    Hi all, I applied to some accelerator schools and recently received some offers.
    1. University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL)
    2. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
    3. Texas A&M (TAMU)
    4. Northern Illinois University (NIU)

    Anyone here familiar with these schools ?
    NIU looks attractive with its close collaboration with Fermilab and Argonne National Lab, while UNL has its own facilities.
    However, I could not find any useful information about ongoing accelerator research in TAMU and UTK.
    It would great if some of you could share your experiences on these institutions.

    I have been using this thread for my graduate application, thank you everyone here for your contributions.
     
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  3. Mar 7, 2017 #2
    I work in accelerator physics but I don't run in the same circles as the schools you mentioned (except NIU a little bit).

    I assume that UTK works with Oak Ridge National Lab, so you'll probably end up doing something on the Spallation Neutron Source there. That is the big project, there must be others.

    The only thing I have ever heard on TAMU was a presentation by Peter McIntyre about putting a super collider in the Gulf of Mexico so that magnet technology doesn't need to advance any further to get to really high energy (I think it was 100+ TeV...). I am pretty sure they also do superconducting magnet development that I think goes back to the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC).

    If you really want to dive into what those schools are doing, try going to www.jacow.org and choose the bigger conferences (IPAC mostly) and "Index Papers by Institution" and look for the places you are interested in. You'll have to dig through the years separately, but you might get a lot out of that. At the very least you'll find names to google that will hopefully lead you to group websites.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2017 #3

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    I'm a little bit confused here. You have already applied to these schools intending to go into the accelerator physics program, and only now you're researching if they are any good?

    In any case, you should read this document which has an overview of schools and programs that produces specialists in accelerator science.

    http://web.mit.edu/Lns/news/RAST_Education_Paper.pdf

    Zz.
     
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