Available student project - Electron scattering in a magnetic field

Research fields

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics

Project details

Electron scattering from atoms and molecules is one the most fundamental interactions in nature. A host of modern technologies rely on an understanding of electron interactions with atoms and molecules. This project has been developed to cater to the need for scattering data for use in plasma modelling related to the ITER project. 

The experiment is part of the ANU positron beam laboratory and is based on a magnetically confined electron beam. This technique is used in the positron beamlines at the ANU for positron scattering studies. The ultimate objectives of this project is to measure electron scattering cross sections for a variety of important molecules.

The student will build on previous work towards developing the existing apparatus. Initial measurements of electron scattering from helium will used to characterise the apparatus. Upon completion of this phase, a number of molecular targets will be measured. To achieve these goals, knowledge of vacuum systems, electronics, computer control, gas handling and data analysis will have to be developed. This experiment is housed in a laboratory with several other electron and positron scattering experiments, and will take place within a stimulating research environment involving a large and active group of researchers.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (1st year)
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Sullivan, James profile
Head of Department

Other supervisor(s)

Machacek, Joshua profile
Research Fellow

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