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					            Opportunities for PhD Studies in
         Accelerator Science and Technology
at the University of Liverpool and the Cockcroft Institute




                                       Kai Hock
                University of Liverpool and the Cockcroft Institute




           PG Open Day, Liverpool University Physics Department, 25 February 2009
                                     Overview


     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

                                      Faculty Members




  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
       applications.




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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,
Lattice optimisation,
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
sciences;

Theoretical and/or experimental
studies possible;
                                                           Machine Protection
                                                           System using beam
Often embedded into international                          monitoring
collaborations;

Young group, nice working
environment.
                                                           Ultra-low Energy
                                                           Antiproton Ring
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
 polarisation.


 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
       computational skills.




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                               Cockcroft Institute, Daresbury




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