A studentship is available from Oct 2019 on the development of advanced dielectric structure based particle accelerators in the Cockcroft Institute and the University of Manchester. Dielectric based particle accelerators have attracted great interests worldwide to revolutionalize the current accelerator technology in generating high power THz coherent radiation, accelerate a trailing electron bunch with accelerating gradient two or three orders of magnitude higher than conventional RF based accelerators, and produce favourable energy modulation within the drive bunch. As one of the modern advanced accelerator concepts dielectric structure based accelerator is actively researched worldwide and is critical for the next generation compact accelerators and radiation sources, e.g. FELs and linear colliders.
The aim of the PhD project is to advance dielectric wakefield structures towards their practical applications. This includes implementation of the dielectric structures on CLARA and demonstration of their great potential in particle accelerators. Fundamental studies, both simulation and experimental, will be an integral part of the project because many aspects of the physics and designs are not fully explored experimentally thus providing a wide range of opportunities for novel studies.
Student will be taking a leading role in experimental studies and supporting this study with computer simulations; Student will strengthen our collaboration with international communities and give key contributions to this exciting research area and the advanced acceleration technology of the European Strategy for Particle Physics.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Yuri Saveliev ([email protected]) or Dr. Guoxing Xia ([email protected]) 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.