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Advanced Optics Concepts for HL-LHC

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    Prof CP Welsch
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Project Description

The HL-LHC project relies on detailed models of the optical condition and running scenarios to provide reliable estimates of the collider’s performance reach. The parameter space is very large, constrained by multiple optimization objectives and complex machine constraints. The work is focused on the computation of optics for HL-LHC.

In particular, exploration of new parameter space, optimisation of nominal running scenarios, reduction of optics transition time, and improvement of tools for automatic optics generation are topics which will be covered by this PhD project.

The QUASAR Group at the University of Liverpool is a key partner in the HLLHC project and is currently making contributions to the beam dynamics and beam diagnostics work packages. In total, the UK contribution to HLLHC is currently of the order of 8 M£ which makes it the largest accelerator R&D project currently supported by the STFC in the UK. You will be working within the HLLHC-UK framework and in close collaboration with our partners at CERN (Dr Gianluigi Arduini).

Contact Prof Carsten P Welsch ([Email Address Removed]) for further information and informal discussions.

Funding Notes

The project is jointly funded by the University of Liverpool and CERN for 4 years; you will spend years 1 and 4 of your PhD primarily in the UK and years 2 and 3 at CERN. International students are eligible to apply; a full package of training and support will be provided by the Cockcroft Institute, and you 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. Contributions to teaching/lab courses will be expected as part of the project.

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