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Elemental Analysis with Negative Muons: Applications to Archaeometry, Engineering and Life Sciences

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D McK Paul
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    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

This project is to develop the unique capabilities offered by the RIKEN-RAL muon facility in Oxfordshire, UK. Implanting negative muons results in X-ray emission which is element dependent and therefore the energy and intensity of such peaks can result in the determination of the elemental composition. These X-rays have large energies (~MeV) therefore probing beneath the surface is entirely possible, making this a novel and potentially powerful non-destructive probe. Alongside the instrument development we propose a broad science program, from cultural heritage to bio-materials to energy related materials.

This is a unique opportunity to start a project at the birth of the technique and a suitable student for this would be a Physical scientist with wide range of interests beyond physics. They would also have an interest in experimental measurements and the development of software for data analysis.

Full details of the project are available at http://www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/prospective/postgraduate/pgintro/projects/projectlist/paul_phd_2017.pdf .

This is a new, exciting and fast moving field and an ideal project for a strong and enthusiastic student with interests which extend beyond physics. The student should have interests in the design of experimental measurements and the development of data analysis software. The student will be enrolled on the Materials Physics Doctorate scheme (go.warwick.ac.uk/MPDOC). This gives access to a tailored research degree to help you exploit our own outstanding materials growth, fabrication, characterisation and computational capabilities along with those at central facilities. A broad education in Materials Physics is provided through dedicated modules under the Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School, and external courses.

For further information please contact Professor Don Paul at [email protected] or Dr Adrian Hillier at [email protected]

Funding Notes

Funding is available for fees and stipend, covering time at the University of Warwick and the ISIS Neutron Source.

Candidates should hold or expect to hold a 1st (or high 2.1) in Physics or related subject area.

The Physics department is proud to be an IOP Juno Champion and a winner of an Athena Swan Silver Award, reflecting our commitment to equal opportunity and to fostering an environment in which all can excel.

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