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Experimental Demonstration of Terahertz-Driven Particle Acceleration

Cockcroft Institute

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Dr D Graham , Dr Robert Appleby , Dr S Jamison , Dr G Burt Applications accepted all year round

About the Project

There is growing interest in the use of laser-generated terahertz (THz) radiation sources to reduce the scale of today’s particle accelerators with the ultimate dream of producing compact laboratory-sized machines for applications ranging from versatile x-ray sources to medical treatment. A fully-funded studentship is available from October 2020 to take novel terahertz (THz)-driven acceleration to a new and internationally leading level. By combining ultrafast laser generated THz radiation source development with a new understanding of THz-electron beam interactions, we seek to develop an idealised interaction scheme and breakthrough the 100 MV/m accelerating gradient limit of conventional radio-frequency accelerating cavities. This will be achieved by developing laser-driven terahertz sources with multi-MV/m field strengths and exploring the interaction of the THz pulse with the electron beam and the subsequent beam dynamics of the accelerated beam.

The project will focus primarily on exploiting laser-driven terahertz sources to accelerate low energy 100 keV electron beams from a table-top electron gun into the MeV energy regime, but will also involve work on CLARA, a 50 MeV linear accelerator at STFC Daresbury National Laboratory.

The THz source development will explore the use of novel spintronic THz emitters for producing the required 100 MV/m fields, benefitting from a recent £534k EPSRC funded programme of THz source development at Manchester. This project will also involve the use of the Cockcroft ultrafast laser system (recently awarded to Lancaster, Manchester and Liverpool through a £348k STFC capital grant).

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second class degree in physics or other appropriate qualification. Ultrafast laser experience is desirable but not essential, as is experience in accelerator physics. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury, but some work will be undertaken in Dr Graham’s laser laboratory at the University of Manchester.

The student will join a vibrant group of students and post-doctoral researchers already making significant progress in this area. The studentship will also work closely with scientists and engineers at STFC Daresbury Laboratory National Laboratory. There will also be opportunities for travel and collaboration with scientific institutes and universities outside the U.K.

For further information about this exciting opportunity contact: [Email Address Removed]

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Anticipated Start Date: October 2020 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 and other EU citizens are eligible to apply. A full package of training and support will be provided by the Cockcroft Institute.
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