With the development of ultrashort high power laser technologies, nowadays one is able to obtain laser pulses with peak power over 1PW (1PW=10^15 W) with a pulse duration less than 30fs (1fs=1/10^15 s) commercially. The future high power laser facilities ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure, http://www.eli-laser.eu/index.html), to be completed around 2017, will be capable of delivering laser pulses even over 10PW, pushing the laser-matter interactions to a new front. Great prospects for science and applications from such interactions have been anticipated. One of the important applications is that a new generation of accelerators may be realised, which enables one to produce energetic particle beams and radiation sources in a very compact size, suitable for wide applications. Meanwhile, they will be produced uniquely with ultrashort duration and high peak brightness, which can be used as a powerful tool for detecting various ultrafast dynamics in different systems.
The Intense Laser Interaction Studies (SILIS) Group at Strathclyde has devoted to the studies of relativistic laser-plasma interaction and its applications in advanced particle accelerators and high energy density physics for over decades. It has been funded by the EPSRC through the ALPHA-X project and CDT grants. The ALPHA-X project has recently led to the formation of a new centre SCAPA supported by the University of Strathclyde and other participating universities through SUPA and the SFC (Scottish Funding Council). The new laser facilities of SCAPA will be capable of delivering 200‐300TW with multiple beam lines to enable a variety of particle and photon sources to be utilised in a number of applications ranging from pure academic research to medical applications. The SILIS group is a collaboration partner of the ELI and Laser-Lab Europe (www.laserlab-europe.eu).
Highly motivated candidates are sought with a strong theoretical or numerical background in the following related areas: plasma physics, nonlinear optics, or conventional accelerator physics. Experience in programming with Fortran, C/C++, Matlab,Python or IDL would be ideal. A successful candidate will carry out research mainly in the University of Strathclyde.
For further information on the PhD project contact Prof. Zheng-Ming Sheng ([email protected]
). For information about PhD study in the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde, and for an online application form go to http://phys.strath.ac.uk/postgraduate/