Electron impact vibrational excitation in plasmas

   Department of Physics and Astronomy

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  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.