2013 Winners

The Asian Committee for Future Accelerators (ACFA)/
The 4th International Particle Accelerator Conference
IPAC’13) Accelerator Prizes

The Asian Committee for Future Accelerators (ACFA) and the 4th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC’13) are pleased to announce the winners of the ACFA / IPAC’13 Accelerator Prizes.

With the introduction of a 3-year cycle among the three regions (Asia, Europe and North America), the ACFA/IPAC Accelerator Prizes are awarded once every three years when the IPAC is held in Asia to those who made a significant achievement and or an original contribution to the accelerator field.

The Prizes Selection Committee, under the Chairmanship of Professor Jia-er Chen (National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing), met in January 2013 and selected a winner of each prize.

The ACFA/IPAC Accelerator Prize winners are:

Prize a)
The prize, for outstanding work in the accelerator field with no age limit, is awarded to Professor Shouxian Fang (Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing, China)

Professor Shouxian Fang has contributed to accelerator physics and technology throughout his whole scientific career. He in particular led the team constructing the Beijing Electron-Positron Collider (BEPC), the first high energy accelerator in China, opening up accelerator-based experimental high-energy physics research, leading to the modernization of scientific research in China. He later contributed to initiating the major upgrade of BEPC (BEPCII), the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS), the Chinese Accelerator Driven Subcritical System for nuclear waste transmutation (CADS) as well as proton therapy accelerators in China.

He has promoted accelerator-based science in China through extensive international collaboration worldwide and built-up a solid bridge between China and other parts of the world in the accelerator field.

Prize b)
The prize, for an individual, having made a recent significant, original contribution to the accelerator field with no age limit, is awarded to Dr. Michael Borland (Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, USA) for his original contributions in creating the ELEGANT program and its SDDS (Self Describing Data Sets) platform that are widely applied in design, simulation, and analysis of circular accelerators, ERLs and FELs.

Using ELEGANT, he predicted for the first time the CSR-driven microbunching instability in LCLS, which was eventually experimentally verified, and 30 this discovery triggered an active on-going field of research. Along with the development of simulating start-to-end jitter in LCLS, the first of such attempts, Borland also co-developed program toolkits used in the control systems applications for accelerators. His algorithms, methods and software have been widely adopted by accelerator facilities, in particular APS, BESSY, ELETTRA, LCLS, LHC, NSRRC, RHIC, SPring-8 and TJNAF, for numerous developments in the field of beam dynamics and non-linear optimizations.

Prize c)
The prize, for an individual in the early part of his or her career, having made a recent significant, original contribution to the field, is awarded to Dr. Hiroshi Imao (RIKEN, Tsukuba, Japan), for the realization of the next-generation charge-state stripper using recirculating helium gas.

This stripper is characterized by its infinite lifetime, efficient stripping, and small beam degradation even for the most intense uranium ion beams and has made it possible to increase the intensity of uranium ion beams by an order of magnitude at RIKEN’s RIBF, providing an immeasurable impact on the field of heavy-ion accelerators worldwide, such as the FAIR at GSI, FRIB at MSU/ANL, and RHIC at BNL. Hiroshi Imao also developed an exceptionally compact and efficient positron accumulator that has led to the successful production of anti-hydrogen atoms in the ASACUSA collaboration at CERN.