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Design and development of novel, gas-filled, plasma closing switches for pulsed power applications.


Project Description

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Institute for Energy and Environment
High Voltage Technologies Research Group

PhD Studies in Pulsed Power Technology (“High-Voltage, Pulsed Power Switching”) at the Institute for Energy and Environment

Applications are invited for postgraduate research leading to a PhD in the High Voltage Technologies Research Group within the Institute for Energy and Environment. You would study within a department with a worldwide reputation for electronic & electrical engineering teaching, research and innovation. The largest department of its kind in the UK, EEE has the highest ratings for both teaching provision and research as determined by the UK national assessment bodies.

This programme will involve the design and development of novel, gas-filled, plasma closing switches for pulsed power applications. Plasma closing switches (spark gaps) find many applications in the field of pulsed power and are capable of operating at high voltages (>1 MV), high currents (1 MA), and can breakdown in the nanosecond and sub-nanosecond regimes. Demand for systems requiring these switching capabilities is driven by the needs of commercial and military applications (pulsed-laser drivers, high-power microwave generators, UWB radar, etc.).

Other potential PhD programmes which are available for consideration are focussed into investigation of breakdown properties of solid and liquid dielectric material and practical plasma discharge applications.

Suitable candidates are sought for 3 year duration studies. Applicants should have a background in electrical engineering or physics (2.1 or above) with an interest in experimental research. CVs should be forwarded to:

Ms M Cooper
Dept Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
204 George Street
Glasgow G1 1XW

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Funding Notes

Partial Studentship of £2,000 per year will be available.

These PhD opportunities are open for self-funded students.

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