This PhD project will develop new concepts in scintillation-based radiation detectors using silicon photomultipliers (SiPM). The work is carried out within the context of cargo inspection and security imaging, for which new high performance scintillation detectors are required. The project will involve a blend of experimental measurements and modelling studies of optical transport in scintillator materials. Recent advances in the performance of both scintillation materials and highly compact SiPM optical sensors have opened up new possibilities for radiation detection. SiPM optical sensors are a relatively new technology and are increasingly being used as a compact and light weight alternative to traditional photomultiplier tubes (PMT). This project will focus on maximising the light collection in SiPMs, optimisation of the optical coupling between the scintillator material and sensor, and modelling the optical photon transport within the scintillator material.
The studentship is fully funded for a period of 3.5 years, with a stipend of £14k per annum. Applications are sought from students with a First Class or Upper Second degree in Physics, who have an interest in experimental and modelling work in radiation/nuclear physics, and the ability to work independently at a high level in a research environment. The studentship is available to start on 1 October 2016, or earlier by mutual agreement.
This studentship is only available to UK/EU nationals.
For informal discussion about this studentship, or for further information about the project, please contact Professor Paul Sellin ([email protected]
To apply for this studentship applicants must submit an online application via the University of Surrey website.
Your online application must include a full CV. names of academic referees, and a personal research statement (max 1 page) describing your suitability of this position.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016.