Applications are closed.
Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.
Beam loss monitors (BLMs) are an essential diagnostic in particle accelerators providing electron beam loss maps across the accelerator facility. In recent years, BLMs have been significantly improved in both data acquisition speed and sensitivity. These fast BLMs enable monitoring at speeds approaching bunch-by-bunch resolution (up to 125 MHz). This has led to fast BLMs becoming a key diagnostic system for 4th generation light sources, and their deployment in preparation for machine upgrades such as Diamond-II. In addition to monitoring slow beam losses, it is possible to monitor fast losses due to perturbations from injection paramount for transparent injection for beamlines, as well as fault detection from other components on the accelerator. Investigation on the potential applications of these fast BLMs and beam loss data with machine learning algorithms is underway at other accelerators such as the ESRF-EBS and the Large Hadron Collider, CERN.
This project aims to (1) commission a fast BLM system enabling slow and fast loss monitoring at Diamond in preparation for Diamond-II, and (2) explore Machine Learning applications using the new data available from the fast BLMs for fault detection.
In this project the student will gain:
Diamond Light Source Ltd holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Diamond jointly funds around 15-20 studentships every year with a variety of collaborators from both academic institutions to industry partners. Students accepted onto these projects will be part of our yearly cohort intake and are supported by both their academic and Diamond supervisors, as well as a dedicated Student Engagement team based at Diamond.
Diamond studentships are typically 50% funded by Diamond and 50% by the partnering university institution (or 25% funded by Diamond if there is a third party collaborator). Students are therefore required to spend 50% of their studentship at Diamond, with most students relocating to the local area for this period. Support on suggested accomodation options are provided by Diamond.
Benefits of Diamond's jointly funded studentships
If you have further questions please contact the Student Engagement team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further guidance for students can be found here as well as more information about life at Diamond found here.
Applications are closed.
Please apply via the University of Oxford portal or look at the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science graduate admissions and list of available projects.
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