Potential 3rd year special topics
The Research School of Physics & Engineering performs research at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
By undertaking your own research project at RSPE you could open up an exciting career in science.
Plasma Applications and Technology
Turbulence is known to affect the plasma in toroidal magnetic confinement devices for fusion, and linear magnetic devices. This project involves the use of langmuir probes on both the H-1 and MAGPIE devices for evaluating the total and fluctuation-induced particle flux and address fundamental physics of turbulence in these devices.
Dr Clive Michael, Dr Boyd Blackwell
Plasma–liquid interactions are an important topic in the field of plasma science and technology. The interaction of non-equilibrium plasmas with a liquid have many important applications ranging from environmental remediation to material science and health care.
Dr Cormac Corr
Characterising plasmas is difficult. This project will explore the possibilty of probing a plasma using positrons by building a model and simulating a positron beam incident on a low-temperature plasma.
Dr Daniel Cocks, Dr Cormac Corr, Dr Joshua Machacek
This project is concerned with studying pulsed electronegative plasmas which can open new frontiers for both basic and applied studies.
Dr Cormac Corr
In this project the principles and design of a plasma wakefield accelerator will be reviewed, and the opportunities for a low-cost wakefield accelerator explored.
Assoc. Prof. Matthew Hole
Low temperature plasmas are being exploited for new medical therapy techniques and in engineering applications in agriculture. This project explores the fundamental behaviour of how electrons penetrate a liquid surface, such as the skin of the body.
Dr Daniel Cocks, Dr Cormac Corr