PULse Power for Kicker Systems (PULPOKS) workshop 2020

Mar 10. till Mar 12.

PULse Power for Kicker Systems (PULPOKS) workshop 2020

The Pulse Power for Kicker Systems workshop 2020 aims to address several topics associated with pulse power for kickers, as well as providing a forum for discussion between experts in this specialised domain.

Following the success of the 2018 workshop, held at CERN, this edition of PULPOKS will maintain the same format. The duration of the event is extended to three days to allow plenty of time for discussion.

The aims of PULPOKS 2020 are:
• Improve lines of communication between both new and experienced Engineers in the field of pulsed power for particle accelerators
• Share knowledge, experience and approaches to doing things
• Share information about projects which we are working on, including: obsolescence programs, upgrades, large procurements, new designs, R&D projects, etc.
• Discuss future requirements of the pulsed power community and define what we need from both universities and manufacturers

10/03/20202020-03-10 - 12/03/20202020-03-12
Saïd Business School (Oxford) - Diamond Light Source

Application & fee

Applications for the PULse Power for Kicker Systems (PULPOKS) workshop 2020 are now open, and will be closing at 12:00 (midday) on Monday 27th January 2020.

All applicants will be informed on the result of their application shortly after. 

If your application is successful, there will be a 60£ fee in order to attend the event.

Please note that places on this workshop are limited In the case of oversubscription there will be a limit of attendees for each organisation.



  • Valve switches (probably mainly thyratrons, but may include other switches)
  • Solid state switches and modulators
  • EMC and earthing
  • Magnetic materials and impedance shielding
  • Striplines for injection and extraction systems
  • Operations: reliability and availability
  • Recent and planned upgrades (non R&D projects), experience with manufacturers

Provisional Agenda - to be confirmed

Tuesday 10th March

  • Welcome (08:30-08:50)
  • Introduction (08:50-10:00)
  • Coffee break (10:00-10:30)
  • Session 1 : (10:30-12:00)
  • Lunch (12:00-13:30)
  • Session 2 : (13:30-14:30)
  • Session 3 : (14:30-15:00)
  • Coffee break: (15:00-15:30)
  • Session 4 :(15:30-17:30)
  • Dinner: Time and Place: TBC

Wednesday 11th March

  • Session 5 (08:30-10:00)
  • Coffee break (10:00-10:30)
  • Session 6 :(10:30-12:00)
  • Lunch (12:00-13:30)
  • Session 7 : (13:30-14:30)
  • Session 8 : (14:30 – 15:30
  • Coffee break: (15:00-15:30)
  • Session 9: (15:55-16:45)
  • Wrap-up (16:45-17:30)

Thursday 12th March

  • Tour of Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron Source (8.30 – 13:00)


The venue for PULPOKS 2020 is the the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP. Located next to the railway station and within easy walking distance of the city centre and bus station, the Saïd Business School offers a peaceful and relaxing environment for conference delegates.

"The Saïd Business School is one of Europe's youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools. An integral part of the University of Oxford, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education."

There will be free WiFi, a lounge area, and all refreshments served on site. A short walk away in the centre of Oxford there is a wide range of bars and eateries to suit all

Accommodation and transport

Meals and refreshment will be provided thought the event, and they will be included in the cost of the registration.
Applicants are required to arrange and cover the cost of their accommodation and transport to and from the Said Business School.
Transport for the tour to Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron Source will be provided.


Local organising committee
Jonny Ranner (STFC)
Colin Abraham (Diamond Light Source Ltd.)

International organising committee
Mike Barnes (CERN)
Montse Pont (Cells)
Martin Paraliev (PSI)
Olaf Dressler (HZB)

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