Dr. Gerald Jackson

Dr. Gerald Jackson received his doctorate in the field of accelerator physics from Cornell University, where he studied collisions between electrons and positrons.  From 1985 until 2000 he was instrumental in improving the performance of the Fermilab proton-antiproton collider program through enhancements in the production, manipulation, and storage of antiprotons.  Dr. Jackson was a leader in the design, construction, and commissioning of the innovative 2 mile circumference antiproton Recycler ring, the last major particle physics accelerator built in the United States.    Designed to increase Fermilab performance by 2.5X, the Recycler and other upgrades actually resulted in an increase of more than a factor of five.  His technical contributions to, and leadership of, the Recycler project won him the 1999 IEEE Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award, helped earn him the status of Fellow in the American Physical Society, and elevation as a senior member of the IEEE.  During his 14 years at Fermilab, he had been instrumentation department head, leader of Main Ring operations, and leader of many accelerator technology development projects.  He has been a tireless proponent of new accelerator technologies for science.  As a Wilson Fellow, he worked on the challenging problem of bunched beam stochastic cooling for the Tevatron Collider and collaborated in a study which discovered nonlinear wave-mixing in accelerator beams and the presence of soliton propagation in coasting beams.  Since 2000 he has founded several companies, one working on antimatter propulsion problems for NASA and culminating in a 2016 crowdfunded study of antimatter production enhancements.

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