Professional


Email: contact@smolloy.com

Career goals

To be known as a person of integrity, who values and rewards technical skill and professional honesty, and who acts in a fair way towards all team members.

To never relax my technical development, and to keep my core business front and center.

To continually develop the width and depth of my knowledge base, and to continually improve my technical toolkit.

Current position

Head of Accelerator Operations at the MAX-IV light source.

RF expert

My doctoral and post-doctoral work involved a substantial amount of work with low-level RF systems — signal generation, measurement, & characterisation, beam diagnostics, circuit building and analysis, etc. — and due to this, I am still very comfortable with this technology.

Web application developer

Operating facilities as large and complex as modern particle accelerators requires a significant amount of automation, organisation, and aggregation & analysis of a large amount of data.  In previous years this would have been done by some combination of a bureaucracy or by writing a large amount of software to run on the control room computers.

Modern facilities tend to be very large and spread over a significant amount of space, meaning that a single centralised control room is not the optimal model for facility operation.  In addition, wireless connectivity has proliferated to an unprecedented degree, meaning that technicians and engineers can be online in all parts of the lab.

This means that the role of software installed on control room computers is being overtaken by online applications accessed via browers, often on mobile devices.

At MAX-IV, I am working on a package of web applications to allow the successful operation of many aspects of lab business.

Superconducting Cavity Expert

Another significant area of expertise is my theoretical and practical knowledge of superconducting cavities.  This is as a result of my postdoctoral work at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, during which time I investigated using these accelerating cavities to diagnose the electron beams traveling through them.

In my current position, I am considered the primary expert on the performance of these components.