- Data Analysis
- Digital Content Creation
- Electronics Engineering & Microcontroller Programming
- Health Physics
- Mechanical Engineering 2
- Project Planning
- Software Development
- Vacuum Project
Parallel-beam X-ray tomography is used extensively at Diamond Light Source to study various types of samples such as biological specimens, Moon rocks, or fossils. It is an imaging technique by which the internal 3D structure of a sample can be reconstructed from 2D projections formed by the penetration of parallel X-rays through the sample at a series of different angles in the range of [0;1800]. Due to the parallelism of the penetrating x-rays, the obtained 2D projections can be separated into independent 1D-projection rows. The sequence of these rows throughout the angular projection range forms a sinogram, which is a 2D image for each individual row. Applying a reconstruction method such as filtered back-projection (FBP) on an individual sinogram yields a reconstructed 2D slice of the sample. Combining all slices creates the 3D image of the sample.
In this project, you will be using Python and Savu software to reconstruct a tomographic dataset. Many image processing methods are used in the pipeline of data processing to obtain the best quality of reconstructed data. You will learn about pre-processing methods; such as flat-field correction, zinger removal, distortion correction, ring artefact removal, and denoising; and about reconstruction methods; such as filtered back projection or iterative reconstruction methods. You will learn how to tweak parameters of these methods to get the best quality data.
Diamond works incredibly hard to spread the word about the amazing science and engineering that happens here every day. We do this by inviting people to the facility to see it in person, by publishing articles in scientific journals and, more recently, by talking about our stories on social media. This can be a great way to reach out to people who might not normally hear about Diamond. We have to work hard to make what we do easy to understand, as we may be presenting months or years of work in just a few minutes.
As someone who is reading this description, you already know about Diamond and are hopefully interested by what happens here. Your project would be to use that enthusiasm to create a short video which you think would get friends, family, and other pupils at your school excited about Diamond. We already have a range of resources, such as photos, videos, animations and interviews which you can use. We will also arrange access to one or more of the beamlines so you can talk to the scientists and engineers who work at Diamond every day, interview them and get them to help explain what’s going on to a general audience.
We will use standard video and audio software so if you already know how to use that then great, if not it is not hard to learn and we will be there to help!
There is no limit with this project, it will be up to you to see what you can create!
Almost all of the work done at Diamond has an element of electronic control; from the particle accelerator and experimental hutches to the safety systems and offices. So it is important that these electronic systems function correctly.
The students will see an overview of how some of these systems function. They will then have an opportunity to develop hardware and software skills, while designing, building and testing their own small-scale electronic Control System.
Electronic engineering is used everywhere in the modern world, from mobile phone manufacturing to synchrotron experiments. In this project, students will use electronic components to build an LED dice powered by an Arduino microcontroller. Students will learn how to solder the electronics together, test the individual components, and write their own code to program the dice. By the end of the week students will have a working dice which ‘rolls’ a number when activated.
The Electron accelerators used to create synchrotron radiation at Diamond emit neutron and x-ray radiation which can harm living organisms when used in an unsafe way. To keep the workplace safe, Health Physics (HP) group provides a very vital role.
A student working in the HP team will be involved in day to day tasks including; using radiation monitors, analysis of radiation monitoring data, environment monitoring techniques and a project to design a jig for checking the geometrical effect, linearity, sensitivity, consistency etc. of the radiation monitor.”
Mechanical Engineering at Diamond involves designing cutting edge machinery, mechanisms and instruments to enable world class science.
The student will have the chance to work on a small project during which they will use the same tools and processes that the Engineering Team employ. For example Microsoft Project to create project plans/Gantt charts, 3D CAD (Creo 4) to produce part models and drawings, Finite Element Analysis (Ansys 17) to evaluate concept designs and rapid prototyping using 3D printers.
Projects are all around us in the modern world, be they the organisation of a grand sporting event like the Olympics, on a much smaller scale like renovating a house, or even planning how best to manage revision while still getting to play Fortnite.
At Diamond things are no different and projects are essential to the upgrade and maintenance of our cutting edge scientific research facilities.
Our team of Project Planners are responsible for the scheduling and procedural compliance of the Portfolio of Projects being undertaken on our beamlines and we need some help.
Students will learn some basic Project Management techniques including good planning, organisation, leadership, and communication skills. They will then put these skills to the test, planning a project on one of the Beamlines here at Diamond; researching the requirements, identifying risks and stakeholders, resources needed and more. This will lead to creation of a plan using Microsoft Project and the delivery of a proposal for the project.
In this project, students will work to solve problems following software development practices albeit on a smaller scale. From requirements gathering through to deployment, working as a team using standard tools.
An electron beam travelling through air will quickly lose electrons as they collide with air molecules and lose energy or get scattered. To keep the electron beam circulating in the storage ring, the tube they travel in must be kept at a very high vacuum. Gas emitted from solids within the vacuum systems of Diamond can cause the accelerators to fail. Understanding the vacuum properties of materials used on the accelerators is of great importance to the design and running of Diamond.
As an example, the student will use a 3D printer to print out a blank flange. The student will then obtain the basic vacuum properties of this flange. The student will use a leak detector to discover the leak rate of the flange, and then test the flange for its outgassing rate, looking at the species of gases that come from it under vacuum. This project will show the student how we come to understand some of the basic vacuum properties of materials we use at Diamond.