Professor Cary, below, is a founder of Tech-X Corporation, a Fellow of the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an active IEEE member.
The Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Technical Committee (PAST) of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society awards the prestigious Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of particle accelerator science and technology. Two Awards are granted in each occurrence of the Particle Accelerator Conferences held in North America (NAPAC or IPAC): one award is given to a senior level scientist and technologist and the other award is given to an individual early in his/her career.
The 2019 PAST Awards will be presented at the 2019 North American Particle Accelerator Conference (NAPAC2019), which will be held in Lansing, Michigan USA, 1-6 September, 2019.
John R. Cary, is a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado and a CEO of Tech-X Corporation who has made important and diverse contributions throughout accelerator science and related fields. Professor Cary’s contributions include basic discoveries in nonlinear dynamics and advances in computational physics, as well as their application to specific accelerator and beam systems. Much of his work (separatrix crossing, one of Arnold’s 10 mathematical discoveries of the 1980s, and electromagnetic algorithms) has been fundamental and cited in many other fields. His work on advanced accelerator physics includes the computational illustration of self-trapping and the acceleration of electrons from laser-plasma interaction (one of the Nature’s scientific highlights of 2004), determination of the reasons for the observed emittance difference along and transverse to the direction of the laser polarization, and the method for combining laser pulses with different transverse variations to obtain a more mildly focusing wake field. Work specific to conventional accelerators includes the discovery of nonlinear, integrable accelerator lattices, a method for calculating the equilibria of beams in such lattices, and the discovery of a photonic-crystal based accelerator cavity with reduced wake fields.
Professor Cary has been active in the IEEE, including helping organize the Particle Accelerator Conference, and in the Divisions of Physics of Beams (DPB) and Plasma Physics (DPP) of the American Physical Society, including being Chair of the APS-DPP.
Professor Cary received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. He worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory 1978-80, then the University of Texas 1980-1984. Dr. Cary joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1984, where he has been employed until the present. In 1994 Professor Cary co-founded (with Svetlana Shasharina Cary) Tech-X Corporation, which develops computational software for modeling accelerators and other physical systems.