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Properties of Rare-Earth Elements and Their Application to Free-Electron Lasers

Project Description

A studentship is available from October 2020 on the design of magnetic arrays for future free-electron lasers. Previous work by our group indicates that certain rare-earth metals can support large magnetic fields and therefore can be used in the construction of high-field magnets for use in particle accelerators. In this project, you will apply this idea to the design of the periodic magnetic arrays (undulators) used to generate the intense pulses of X-rays that arise in free-electron lasers.

The UK is engaging in several free-electron laser projects, and you will design a high-field undulator that incorporates rare-earth metals and determine its advantages over conventional designs. This work hopes to establish that such designs allow a reduction in the electron energy required to drive an X-ray laser, thus greatly reducing the cost required for their construction. You will also engage in magnetic measurements of candidate materials using a new instrument that we are presently designing, and also engage in wider work in support of the next UK free-electron laser facility.

The studentship is available in the Accelerator Physics group in the Physics Department at Manchester University, which is part of the Cockcroft Institute for Accelerator Science and Technology - a UK national centre of expertise. The student will gain direct experience in beam dynamics, free-electron laser science and technology, and magnetic design methods.

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second class degree in physics, engineering or other appropriate discipline. Experience with 3D electromagnetic solvers (such as OPERA or RADIA) is desirable but not essential, as is experience in accelerator and/or general numerical simulations. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Institute main site at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, with occasional visits to Manchester’s main campus.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Hywel Owen () for more information. This position will remain open until filled.

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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, and the student will take part in a vibrant accelerator research and education community of around 200 people that includes around 70 postgraduates. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

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