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Designing a Gamma Ray Factory


Cockcroft Institute

Manchester United Kingdom Energy Technologies Nuclear Physics Physics

About the Project

NB Applications for this projects are restricted to UK nationals only.

Applications are invited for a studentship is available from Oct 2021 on the development of a unique tunable gamma ray factory using inverse Compton scattering. Having monochromatic, tunable gamma rays in the 1 MeV to 20 MeV range would usher in a new field of nuclear science, allowing us to probe the structure of the atomic nucleus with unprecedented precision and also opening up a new field of technological applications that include the detailed inspection and management of nuclear waste. However, as yet there exists no intense facility for these gamma rays. Our long-established group at the Cockcroft Institute, in collaboration with several industrial partners, proposes a world-beating intense source design based on energy-recovery linacs. We’ve recently shown on the CBETA accelerator that high intensities can be obtained with photons of a few hundred keV, and now we are designing an extension to this method to be incorporated as part of the future UK national X-ray facility (UK-XFEL). We are seeking a creative PhD candidate to help us design the interaction region and to perform detailed modelling of the inverse Compton photon production.

You will have (or expect to have) first or upper second class degree in physics or other appropriate qualification, with a strong interest in the science of gamma rays and nuclear physics. Experience in accelerator and computational physics is desirable but not essential, and experience of laser systems and/or nuclear physics experimental methods would be beneficial. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Institute main campus at Daresbury Laboratory. It is anticipated that the student may participate in collaborative overseas work with our partners, including Cornell University.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Hywel Owen () or Dr. Peter Williams () for more information.

You can find out more about being a PhD student at the Cockcroft Institute here, where you can download an application form and also find out about the other PhD projects available at the Cockcroft. To apply for this project, fill in the application form and email it with your CV to .

This position will remain open until filled.

Anticipated Start Date: October 2021 for 3.5 Years


Funding Notes

Upon acceptance of a student, this project will be funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council for 3.5 years; UK 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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