Dr Suzie Sheehy

The secret life of particle accelerators

There are over 35,000 particle accelerators in existence today, whose purposes vary from uncovering the secrets of the universe to treating cancer. Dr Suzie Sheehy talks about the incredible atom smashing machines.

She is an accelerator physicist whose research focuses on developing new particle accelerators for future applications in areas such as medicine and energy. After finishing her degree in her native Australia in 2006, she completed a DPhil at Oxford, for which she worked on designing a new type of particle accelerator for cancer treatment using protons and light ions. Since 2016, she has been working on high power hadron accelerators at the University of Oxford.