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PhD Studentship on DUNE Neutrino Experiment


School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

About the Project

A studentship is available to work with Prof Simon J.M. Peeters on the development of the DUNE neutrino experiment and the study of neutrinos. DUNE is a next generation neutrino experiment planned to start running in the second half of the next decade. A beam of neutrinos will be sent 1,300 km from Fermilab near Chicago to the Stanford Underground Research Facility, in South Dakota. The far detector consists of four Time-Projection Chamber (TPC) modules, using 40 ktonnes of liquid argon as a neutrino target. This allows to measure the products of neutrino interactions in great detail. The primarily physics goal of the experiment is to understand if the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the Universe is due to CP violation in the neutrino sector. The detector is also able to observe a range of astrophysical neutrinos (e.g. from supernovae, the Sun, or dark matter annihilation). Projects in this area will be focussed on data acquisition, detector simulation, and low-energy neutrinos (as these will be the most challenging to detect). There will be the opportunity to become involved in testbeam activities, such as protoDUNE at CERN.

Funding Notes

• Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years.
• A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years. From October 2021/22 this is expected to be £15560 per year.
• A research training support grant for three and a half years of £1,250 per year.

References

• Open to students from the UK, EU and Overseas.
• If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with settled/pre-settled status in the UK, you may need to apply for a student study visa before admission.
• hold or expect to hold a UK upper second-class degree (or non-UK equivalent) in Physics or a closely-related area, or else a lower second-class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.
We also welcome applications from independently-funded students interested in our experimental programme.

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