This PhD. project concerns the development of new ultra-sensitive nuclear radiation and assay detector technology to be conducted with close links to the UK defence, homeland security and nuclear sector. The project aims to produce a new generation of large area gaseous radiation detectors based upon time projection chambers. Whilst this will build upon past efforts with industrial partners, it is a new area of research with a focus on detector integration and advanced readout technologies. It will use the latest micropattern detectors designed by CERN including thick Gaseous Electron Multipliers (GEMs) and Micromegas developed in partnership with the MPDG group at CERN, Geneva. The detector would aim to have a low-energy threshold for real-time particle identification in mixed radiation fields and would exploit machine learning techniques to discriminate particles. There will opportunity for work on-site with industrial partners.#
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