Particle accelerators for scientific research, and for medical and industrial applications face ever more demanding requirements for performance capability. Developing appropriate designs for key components, in particular the magnets used to guide and control the particle beams, is crucial for the beam quality and intensity. Traditional design methods used a range of approximations and simplifications. Detailed information on the properties of the magnets is usually only available once technical magnet design work has reached an advanced stage, often quite late in the overall accelerator design process. The goal of this project is to investigate some recent new ideas for matching specific requirements for the beam behaviour to particular features of the magnets in the accelerator. It is hoped that this will lead to improvements in accelerator performance, and should also help to make the accelerator design proceed more quickly and efficiently.
The student will work closely with members of both the Accelerator Physics Group and the Magnetics and Radiation Sources Group at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. Research will involve theoretical and computational studies of magnet design and the impact of various design features on the beam dynamics in a particle accelerator. The student should also gain a practical understanding of accelerators and their various subsystems and components, by participating in studies on accelerators in operation at Daresbury Laboratory.
Candidates should have a good understanding of electromagnetic theory, and strong computational skills (including the ability to use standard scientific computing tools, and to develop customised software using an appropriate programming language). The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second-class degree or equivalent (e.g. MPhys, MSci) in physics. Experience of accelerator physics is desirable but not essential.
Funding and eligibility: The project will be fully 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 over 150 people. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.