Axions and hidden sector particles are possibilites for the solution of the dark matter problem and for more general new physics at low energies. As a member group of the ADMX axion search in Seattle, we research novel detectors for axions using resonant feedback techniques. Google axion resonant feedback for a paper describing these techniques. We also have significant experience in the analysis of data from cavity based axion searches such as ADMX. A student in this area would participate in the development of resonant feedback prototypes at Sheffield, and would also be involved in the analysis of data from ADMX. Axion physics is an area of increasing interest in the UK.
Science Graduate School: As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.
If you submit your application after the 31 March 2019, you will be considered for any remaining funding, but please note all of our funding may be allocated in the first round.