The Sheffield particle physics group is acknowledged by the UK research council STFC as having one of the best programmes of spin-out activity designed for using particle physics technology in industry and for society. RATRACK is a novel gas-based particle detector spin-out technology with CCD cameras, developed from dark matter detector work, turned to allow 3D imaging of alpha particles and nuclear recoils induced by fast neutrons. The project involves design and optimization of a next generation device that can be used to do very sensitive measurements of environmental fast neutrons, including their direction, but also to allow assay of environmental radon or surface alpha contamination. The project involves international collaboration with groups in Italy, Australia and the US as well as links with industry.
Science Graduate School: As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.