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Fibre lasers for particle accelerators

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    Dr L Corner
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Supervisor: Dr. Laura Corner (Liverpool University),

Project Description

Applications are invited for a studentship is available from Oct 2019 on the development of laser sources for applications in accelerator science. Lasers are ubiquitous in particle accelerator physics, from the use of lasers to generate particle bunches from photocathodes, to diagnostics such as the laser wire particle beam size monitor, to driving extremely high gradient acceleration via Laser Plasma Wakefield Acceleration (LWFA).

The studentship is available in a new group at Liverpool University and the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury working on the development and use of laser sources for these applications. The project will be predominantly experimental in nature, involving work with developing novel laser sources (e.g. high efficiency photonic crystal fibre laser amplifiers, lasers for THz radiation generation, frequency conversion of lasers for seeding Free Electron Lasers) and their use in applications such as laser plasma wakefield acceleration and direct laser acceleration in vacuum.

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second class degree in physics or other appropriate qualification, with an interest in experimental work in the field of laser and accelerator physics. Laser experience is desirable but not essential, as is experience in accelerator and computational physics. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Institute at Daresbury, with some work in the laser lab at Liverpool University. It is anticipated that the student will participate in experiments at facilities such as the CLARA accelerator at Daresbury, the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and also potentially international laser and accelerator facilities.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Laura Corner ([Email Address Removed]) for more information. This position will remain open until filled.

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Anticipated Start Date: October 2019 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, 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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