Opportunities for PhD Studies in
Accelerator Science and Technology
at the University of Liverpool and the Cockcroft Institute
University of Liverpool and the Cockcroft Institute
PG Open Day, Liverpool University Physics Department, 25 February 2009
1. Accelerators and their applications.
2. What is the Cockcroft Institute?
3. The Liverpool Accelerator Physics Group.
4. Topics for postgraduate research.
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Accelerators and their applications
Accelerators were originally developed for particle physics
experiments, as in the LHC in CERN today.
It was soon used to produce high quality radiation for
scientific experiments, as with the ALICE/ERLP currently
being built at the Cockcroft Institute.
Today, it is being applied to very diverse fields, from
producing neutrinos to treating cancer patients.
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LHC, The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva
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ALICE (ERLP) at the Cockcroft Institute
- This has recently achieved energy recovery, an advanced
technique that greatly reduces energy usage.
- Some of our PhD students are currently working on this machine.
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What is the Cockcroft Institute?
It is a collaboration of three universities and the Accelerator
Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) to form a centre of
excellence for accelerator research in the UK.
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Cockcroft Institute and Daresbury Laboratory
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The Liverpool Accelerator Physics Group
Kai Hock Andy Wolski Carsten Welsch Desmond Barber John Dainton Swapan Chattopadhyay
Group Leader Visiting Director of
from DESY Cockcroft Institute
There are currently 8 PhD students and 3 postdocs, from China,
France, Greece, Germany, Italy, India, Russia and the UK.
We are a friendly, international and supportive group !
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Topics for postgraduate research
The research topics of the current PhD students include:
photon collimator, low emittance tuning, spin
polarisation, magnetic field simulation, …
Low emittance tuning, for example, involves developing
techniques to steer a positron beam in a circular
accelerator so as to make it extremely narrow.
The following slides show many new research topics - to
develop new accelerators, new techniques and new
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Beam Dynamics and Damping Rings
Computation studies on high energy machines (ILC, SuperB),
light source (ALICE/ERLP), novel accelerators (EMMA):
Ultra-low emittance beams,
High precision tracking methods,
Coherent synchrotron radiation,
Contact: Dr Andy Wolski
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LHeC – Large Hadron Electron Collider
To build an electron ring over the LHC.
Opportunity to be involved
right from the start:
- Interaction region design
- Optimisation of luminosity
- Ring versus Linac design
Contact: Professor John Dainton
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Medical Applications and Beam Instrumentations
Work at the interface between Antiproton Cancer
atomic physics and accelerator Therapy
Theoretical and/or experimental
System using beam
Often embedded into international monitoring
Young group, nice working
Contact: Dr Carsten Welsch
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Novel Applications for Accelerators
Development of medical accelerators
for cancer therapy.
Research on ultra-cold atom rings for
high precision inertial guidance.
Mathematical studies of spin
Contact: Kai Hock
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PhD Studies in Accelerator Physics at Liverpool/Cockcroft
By working for a PhD within the Accelerator Science group at the University
of Liverpool, you will:
• be part of the Cockcroft Institute, a centre of excellence for research
and development of all aspects of accelerator science and technology,
and with state-of-the-art facilities;
• benefit from a comprehensive education and training programme
organised and delivered by the Cockcroft Institute;
• have the opportunity to work in an institute engaged in a wide variety of
theoretical and experimental studies;
• be part of international collaborations performing research and
development on the most challenging accelerator projects.
We are looking for highly motivated students, with a strong interest in the
physics and technology of particle accelerators, and good analytical and
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Cockcroft Institute, Daresbury
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