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Understanding and optimising laser-driven ion acceleration


   Cockcroft Institute

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A studentship is available from October 2022 on numerical modelling of laser-driven ion acceleration.

Ultra-intense laser pulses can rapidly ionise matter and excite accelerating fields that are orders of magnitude higher than those characterising conventional accelerators. These extreme fields could be exploited for accelerating ions to high energies in short distances. Thus, these laser-driven ion sources may hold the key towards miniaturised compact accelerators, with broad scientific, technological and societal implications.

The PhD student will work on modelling from a numerical and theoretical point of view the production of energetic ion beams via laser-plasma interaction. They will perform simulations based on the Particle-In-Cell technique using some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Their research will be developed in close-collaboration with experimental colleagues at Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators with the possibility of directly being involved in experimental campaigns.

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second class degree in physics or other appropriate qualification. A full graduate programme of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at Lancaster University.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Elisabetta Boella () for more information.

Funding and eligibility: Upon acceptance of a student, this project will be funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council for 3.5 years; UK and international 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 over 150 people. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

You can find out more about being a PhD student at the Cockcroft Institute here, where you can download an application form and find out about the other PhD projects available at the Cockcroft. To apply for this project, fill in the application form and email it with your CV to .

Contact for further information:

How to apply: http://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/join-us

Anticipated Start Date: October 2022 for 3.5 Years


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