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Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source (Prof. A. Evans, Keele, and Dr S. Thompson, Diamond Light Source)

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    Dr R Hirschi
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

The Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron radiation facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. It produces intense beams of X-rays which can be used to study the structure of solid materials. This project will use X-ray diffraction and other techniques at Diamond to study the structure and evolution of cosmic dust analogues, as they are processed and exposed to conditions that simulate those found in the early Solar System, and in planetary, proto-planetary and circum-stellar environments. In particular the project will exploit the new "Long Duration Experiment" facility that is available on the powder diffraction beam-line I11; this facility is unique, world-leading, and gets closer to replicating cosmic environments than has hitherto been possible. The project will also provide ample opportunities for training in a wide variety of laboratory skills.

Funding Notes

100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2016/2017. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2015/6 £14,057 per annum).
Jointly supported by STFC and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University.
UK residents are eligible for full funding (tuition fees and stipend at Research Council rate). EU nationals (who are not resident in the UK) will normally qualify for a fees-only award.

Closing date:
26th February 2016 in the first instance. Applications received by deadline will receive first consideration, applications received after deadline will be considered until the positions are filled.
Available from September 2016.


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