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Quantum effects in high-intensity laser-driven plasma and novel searches for dark matter

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Burton
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The new generation of high-intensity laser facilities is expected to provide a new avenue for probing quantum electrodynamics in parameters ranges that are currently inaccessible to high-energy colliders. Furthermore, these systems may lead to novel experiments that complement established searches for low-mass weakly-interacting particles that are candidates for dark matter.

The PhD project will build on a recent theoretical investigation of the possibility of using laser-wakefield accelerators in novel searches for axion-like particles (DAB, A. Noble, New J. Phys. 20 (2018) 033022). Thus far, such investigations have mostly exploited classical theories of laser-driven plasma incorporating axion-like particles. However, quantum effects are important in this context, and a comprehensive investigation is necessary from the perspective of quantum field theory. The aim of this theoretical project is to develop a suitable effective quantum theory and uncover its implications.

The Physics Department is holder of Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Please contact Dr David Burton ([Email Address Removed] ) for any additional enquiries. You can also apply directly at stating the title of the project and the name of the supervisor

Closing Date
Applications will be accepted until the post is filled

Funding Notes

Funding for this project is available to citizens of the UK/EU (Residency restrictions apply

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