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A dispersive bunch decompressor and its potential

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Apsimon (Lancaster University), Dr. Hywel Owen (Manchester University), Prof. Jim Clarke (ASTeC), Prof. Dino Jaroszynski (Strathclyde University)

Project Description

A studentship is available from Oct 2019 on the development of a dispersive bunch decompressor system for applications in accelerator science. Magnetic insertion devices, such as wiggler, and high power radiofrequency (RF) structures can be found in almost all particle accelerators. The successful student will investigate the use of magnetic insertion devices and RF structures to manipulate the longitudinal dynamics of ultra-short particle bunches produced by Laser Plasma Wakefield Acceleration (LWFA). The student will contribute to ongoing studies at the Scottish Centre for the Applications of Plasma-basedd Accelerators (SCAPA) at the University of Strathclyde.

The studentship is available in the Engineering of Microwaves, Terahertz and Light (E-MIT) Group in Lancaster University’s Engineering Department and the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury. The project will be predominantly theoretical and simulation based, but with the opportunities for experimental studies as the project progresses. The student will work closely with members of the Cockcroft Institute as well as Lancaster University.

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second class degree in electronic engineering, physics or an appropriate related field. Experience with electromagnetism and particle accelerators is desirable but not essential. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury, with some time spent in Lancaster or Strathclyde Universities as required.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Apsimon () for more information. This position will remain open until filled.

Funding and eligibility: Upon acceptance of a student, this project will be funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council for 3.5 years; UK and other EU citizens are eligible to apply. A full package of training and support will be provided by the Cockcroft Institute, and the student will take part in a vibrant accelerator research and education community of over 150 people. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

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Anticipated Start Date: October 2019 for 3.5 Years

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