Feb 15, 2017

X-ray Free Electron Lasers using ‘Beam by Design’


Funded PhD Project

University of Strathclyde, Department of Physics, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Project Description

This PhD studentship is part of a joint collaboration between University of Strathclyde’s top-rated Department of Physics and the world leading Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory based near San Francisco, California (https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/).The student will be based at Strathclyde, but will travel to Stanford as part of the collaboration investigating novel methods of generating high power, coherent X-ray output. 

Stanford constructed the world’s first X-ray Free Electron Laser (FEL), the LCLS which was commissioned in 2009 (https://portal.slac.stanford.edu/sites/lcls_public/Pages/Default.aspx). The LCLS FEL generates output that is ~10 orders of magnitude brighter than conventional synchrotron sources of X-rays and is opening up completely new frontiers in science. They are now designing LCLS-II, a significant new and improved source (https://portal.slac.stanford.edu/sites/lcls_public/lcls_ii/Pages/default.aspx). 

Strathclyde are also members of the Cockcroft Institute (https://www.cockcroft.ac.uk/), based at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. This institute is the leading accelerator and light source research collaboration in the UK and provides post-graduate lecture courses tailored to the needs of the PhD students of the Supervisors - the 1st Supervisor gives a course in Free Electron Lasers at the Institute. 

Start date is October 2017 (this is flexible) and the approximate stipend in the first year is £14,500 GBP.

More information you can find here

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