About the Project
The United Kingdom has been at the forefront in developing high intensity lasers and laser-based radiation sources, such as electrons, ions and neutrons. In particular, laser-driven neutrons have been one of the key research activities of the supervisory teams from the Queens University of Belfast (QUB) and the Central Laser Facility (CLF) with a significant track record of high impact publications over the years. With a recently funded 80M grant by UKRI, MoD and industries, the CLF is currently building (scheduled operational in 2024) a state- of-art 10 Hz Petawatt laser system, EPAC (Extreme Photonics Applications Centre), which is aimed to provide a step-change in capability for laser-driven accelerator research in the UK.
The Ph.D. student will work towards developing a neutron beamline for the EPAC by capitalizing on the expertise available at both QUB and CLF. The student will have the unique advantage of using these facilities through their internal programs and to design and test in stages the neutron beamline by using the leading experimental and computational resources available at both institutions. The path from a proof-of-principle demonstration to a prototype will be traversed over the term of the Ph.D., which aligns nicely with the timeline of the EPAC project. The student will spend a significant amount of time (3-6 months each year) at the CLF working alongside the design and technical teams of the EPAC project, which will help to mitigate and circumvent any technical issues along the way and so significantly speeding up the research.
Candidates must hold a 1st or 2.1 BSc/MSci (or equivalent) in Physics or relevant subject; a 1st MSci (or equivalent) is desirable.
The PhD position is available to UK and EU nationals who meet residency requirements (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-studentships).
Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen's online application portal at: https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/
 M.F. Hawthorne, New Horizons for therapy based on the boron neutron capture reaction, Molecular Medicine Today, 4, 174, (1998)
 S. Mirfayzi, . . . , S. Kar, Experimental demonstration of a compact epithermal neutron source based on a high power laser, Appl. Phys. Lett., 111, 044101 (2017)
 CLF Highlight - https://www.clf.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/Laser-driven-moderated-neutrons-.aspx
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