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DTC PHYS 10 - Novel laser cooling methods for precision tests of fundamental symmetry

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S J Eriksson
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The ALPHA collaboration at CERN has in a recent series of breakthrough spectroscopic experiments conducted the first precision tests of fundamental symmetry with antihydrogen. Despite the low temperatures already achieved, the remaining kinetic energy of the sample poses a limit on the precision of measurements, and due to the wavelengths associated with transitions in many species of interest (such as e.g. antihydrogen or dipolar molecules) laser cooling is very difficult to achieve in practice using standard methods. In this project we will investigate novel laser cooling methods and study their applicability to laser cooling of hydrogen and antihydrogen in the ALPHA experiment at CERN.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

How to apply

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Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. –

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