Electron impact vibrational excitation in plasmas


   Department of Physics and Astronomy

This project is no longer listed on FindAPhD.com and may not be available.

Click here to search FindAPhD.com for PhD studentship opportunities
  Prof Jonathan Tennyson  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The vibrational excitation of molecules by electrons in diffuse plasma, such as those found in cometary coma or used in industrial etching, is a key but poorly understood process. Excited vibrational states can either emit photons giving rise to tell-tale observable signature emissions or be a stepping-stone to further processes such as dissociation via further electron impacts. The project will develop a new formalism for calculating electron impact vibrational excitation cross sections within the framework of the UK Molecular R-matrix codes. This is an EPSRC CASE studentship and the project will be performed in collaboration with the studentship sponsors: Quantemol Ltd. Quantemol are a UCL spin out company who sell scientific software and perform consultancy projects, see www.quantemol.com.


Funding Notes

The student should be interested in computational work; some programming background is helpful but not essential. Besides the standard PhD experience, the student will also work close with a small company so gaining business experience.