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Laser development for particle accelerators

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 02, 2018
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

A fully funded studentship is available from Oct 2018 on the development of laser sources for applications in accelerator science. Lasers are ubiquitous in particle accelerator physics, from the use of lasers to generate particle bunches from photocathodes, to diagnostics such as the laser wire particle beam size monitor, to driving extremely high gradient acceleration via Laser Plasma Wakefield Acceleration (LWFA).

The studentship is available in a new group at Liverpool University and the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury working on the development and use of laser sources for these applications. The project will be predominantly experimental in nature, involving work with developing novel laser sources (e.g. high efficiency photonic crystal fibre laser amplifiers, lasers for THz radiation generation, frequency conversion of lasers for seeding Free Electron Lasers) and their use in applications such as laser plasma wakefield acceleration and direct laser acceleration in vacuum.

The applicant will be expected to have a first or upper second class degree in physics or other appropriate qualification. Laser experience is desirable but not essential, as is experience in accelerator and computational physics. A full graduate program of training and development is provided by the Cockcroft Institute. The student will be based primarily at the Institute at Daresbury, with some work in the laser lab at Liverpool University.

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

Funding and eligibility: The project is fully funded by Liverpool University 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.

Contact for further information:

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

Anticipated Start Date: October 2018 for 3.5 Years

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