Theses

Completed PhD Theses

The Cockcroft Institute offers a number of PhD projects every year covering analytical, numerical and experimental studies in the design and optimization of particle accelerators and related technologies. For more information please have a look at current PhD vacancies 

  • 2021

    David Pavel Juarez-Lopez (PhD), ‘Characterisation of High–Performance Electron Sources for Particle Accelerators using a Transverse Energy Spread Spectrometer’, supervisors: L. Jones (ASTeC), T. Noakes (ASTeC) and C. P. Welsch (University of Liverpool)

    Lina Hoummi (PhD), ‘Study and Optimisation of the nonlinear 6D dynamics of an electron beam in an ultra-low emittance storage ring’, supervisors: R. Nagaoka (SOLEIL), J. Resta-Lopez (University of Liverpool) and C. P. Welsch (University of Liverpool)

    Jacinta Yap (PhD), ‘Characterisation Studies of Proton Beamlines for Medical Applications and Beam Diagnostics Integration’, supervisors: J. Resta-Lopez, J. Parsons and C. P. Welsch (University of Liverpool)

  • 2020

    Roland Schnuerer (PhD), ‘Non-invasive, silicon-based beam monitor for medical accelerators’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Barney Williamson (PhD), ‘Electron Beam Dynamics in a Proton-driven Plasma Wakefield’, primary supervisor: G. Xia, University of Manchester

    Yuan Zhao (PhD), ‘Compact Gamma-ray Sources via Laser-Plasma Interaction’, primary supervisor: G. Xia, University of Manchester

    Eleftherios Skordis (PhD), ‘Radiation impact of collimation beam losses in the LHC and HL-LHC’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

  • 2019

    Joseph Wolfenden (PhD), ‘Novel radiometric imaging diagnostics for charged particle beams’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Yangmei Li (PhD), ‘Studies of Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration’, primary supervisor: G. Xia, University of Manchester

    Thomas Pacey (PhD), ‘Development of Novel Applications of Dielectric Wakefield Structures for Electron Accelerators’, primary supervisor: G. Xia, University of Manchester

    James Hunt (PhD), ‘Beam Quality Characterisation and the Optimisation of Next Generation Antimatter’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Taaj Sian (PhD), ‘Low SEY Surfaces for Future Particle Accelerators’, primary supervisor: G. Xia, University of Manchester

  • 2018

    Maria Kastriotou (PhD), ‘Optimisation of storage rings and RF accelerators via advanced optical fibre-bas’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Yelong Wei (PhD), ‘Investigations Into Dual-Grating Dielectric Laser-Driven Accelerators’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Matthew Cliffe (PhD), ‘Generation of Longitudinally Polarised Terahertz Radiation for the Energy Manipulation of Relativistic Electron Beams’, primary supervisor: D. Graham, University of Manchester

    Miguel Fernandes (PhD), ‘Squid based cryogenic current comparator for measuring low-intensity antiproton beams’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

  • 2017

    Thomasz Cybulski (PhD), ‘A Non-Invasive Beam Current Monitor for a Medical Accelerator’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Alessio Mereghetti (PhD), ‘SPS scrapers and beam dynamics’, primary supervisor: R. Appleby, University of Manchester

    Alexandra Alexandrova (PhD), ‘Investigation into laser self-mixing or accelerator applications’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Matthew Crouch (PhD), ‘Beam-beam dynamics in the LHC’, primary supervisor: R. Appleby, University of Manchester

    Vasileios Tzoganis (PhD), ‘Investigations into Ion Beam Emittance and Profile Monitoring’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Andrew Green (PhD), ‘Computational Techniques for fast Monte Carlo Validation of Proton Therapy Treatment Plans’,  primary supervisor: H. Owen, University of Manchester

    Kieran Hanahoe (PhD), ‘Simulation studies of plasma Wakefield acceleration’ , primary supervisor: G. Xia, University of Manchester

    Liangliang Shi (PhD), ‘Higher-Order-Mode-based Beam Phase and Beam Position Measurements in Superconducting Accelerating Cavities at the European XFEL’, primary supervisor: R. Jones, University of Manchester

    Aaron Farricker (PhD), ‘Higher Order Modes and Beam Dynamics at The European Spallation Source’, primary supervisor: R. Jones, University of Manchester

  • 2016

    Lee Devlin (PhD), ‘Studies towards an enhanced understanding of Electron Beams and their Diagnostics’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Lee Robert Carver (PhD), ‘Studies on Multi-Harmonic Collinear Accelerating Structures for High Gradient Applications’, primary supervisor: R. Jones, University of Manchester

    James Jones (PhD), ‘Design of a Novel Stacked Storage Ring for Low Emittance Light Sources’, primary supervisor: H. Owen, University of Manchester

  • 2015

    Aiden Peakman (PhD), ‘Development of a Long-Life Core for Commercial Marine Propulsion’, primary supervisor: H. Owen, University of Manchester

    Alejandro Sosa (PhD), ‘Development of Beam Instrumentation for Exotic Particle Beams’, primary supervisor: C. P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Giacomo Manessi (PhD),‘Development of advanced radiation monitors for pulsed neutron fields‘, primary supervisor: C.P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Aiden Peakman  (PhD), Development of a Long-Life Core for Commercial Marine Propulsion, primary supervisor: H. Owen, University of Manchester

    Nick Shipman (PhD), Experimental Study Of DC Vacuum Breakdown And Application To High-Gradient Accelerating Structures For CLIC, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester

    Anthony Carr (PhD), An Exploration of the Effects of Radiation Reaction on Waves Propagating Through a Warm Plasma’, primary supervisor: D. Burton, Lancaster University http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/74695/

    James Mitchell (BEng), Radiotherapy Linac Design’, primary supervisor: G. Burt, Lancaster University james_mitchell_masters_thesis

    Ayash Alrashdi (PhD) ‘Studies in Positron and Gamma Ray Production for Future Facilities’, primary supervisor I. Bailey, Lancaster University ayash_alrashdi_thesis

    Michael Jenkins (PhD) ‘Novel Designs for Undulator-Based Positron Sources’, primary supervisor I. Bailey, Lancaster University michael_jenkins_thesis

    David Dunning (PhD) ‘Methods for the Generation of Ultra-Short Free-Electron Laser Pulses’, primary supervisor B. McNeil, Strathclyde University david_dunning_thesis

  • 2014

    James Molson (PhD), HL-LHC collimation upgrade, primary supervisor: R.B. Appleby, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:239847

    David Brett (PhD), Precision element modelling for long term tracking in the LHC luminosity upgrade, primary supervisor: R.B. Appleby, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:226908

    Nicholas Shipman (PhD), Experimental Study of DC Vacuum Breakdown and Application to High-Gradient Accelerating Structures for CLIC’, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/jrul/item/?pid=uk-ac-man-scw:260006

    Stephen P. Flood (PhD), Exploring the Edges of Electromagnetism using Extreme Fields, primary supervisor: D. Burton, Lancaster University stephen_flood_thesis

    Matthew McCormack (PhD), Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves in Spatially Dispersive Inhomogeneous Media, primary supervisor: J. Gratus, Lancaster University

  • 2013

    Mark Ibison (PhD), ‘ALICE tomography section: phase-space measurements and analysis’, primary supervisor: K. Hock, University of Liverpool http://repository.liv.ac.uk/13193/

    Adam Jeff (PhD),Longitudinal Density Monitor for the LHC’, primary supervisor: C.P. Welsch, University of Liverpool http://repository.liv.ac.uk/9293/

    Janusz Harasimowicz (PhD), Development of Instrumentation for Low Energy Beams‘, primary supervisor: C.P. Welsch, University of Liverpool http://repository.liv.ac.uk/11953/

    James Garland (PhD), Beam Dynamics Studies of the EMMA Linear Non-Scaling FFAG, primary supervisor: H. Owen, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:216851

    Luke Thompson (PhD), Beam Dynamics and Interaction Regions for the LHeC and HL-LHC, primary supervisor: R.B. Appleby, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:209299

    Hugo Day (PhD), Measurements  And Simulations Of Impedance Reduction Techniques In Accelerators, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones,  University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:202407

    Pei Zhang (PhD), Beam Position Diagnostics With Higher Order Modes In Superconducting Accelerating Cavities, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:185167

    Haibao Wen (PhD), Aspects of High Field Theory in Relativistic Plasmas, primary supervisor: D. Burton, Lancaster University haibao_wen_thesis

    Alison Hale (PhD), ‘Energy Spectra from Electromagnetic Fields Generated by Ultra-relativistic Charged Bunches in a Perfectly Conducting Cylindrical Beam Pipe’, primary supervisor: R. Tucker, Lancaster University

  • 2012

    Angela Intermite (PhD), ‘Development of a beam loss monitor using the Cherenkov Effect in optical fibres, primary supervisor: A. Wolski, University of Liverpool http://repository.liv.ac.uk/9733/

    David Holder (PhD), ‘Studies toward a demonstration of relativistic electron beam energy modulation by interaction with terahertz radiation in free space’, primary supervisor: A. Wolski, University of Liverpool http://repository.liv.ac.uk/11193/

    Massimiliano Putignano (PhD), Supersonic Gas-Jet Based Beam Profile Monitorprimary supervisor: C.P. Welsch, University of Liverpool http://repository.liv.ac.uk/9313/

    Tobias Junginger (PhD), Investigations of the surface resistance of superconducting materials, primary supervisor: C.P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Sam Tygier (PhD), ‘High Current Proton Fixed-Field Alternating-Gradient Accelerator Designs’, primary supervisor: H. Owen, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:153597

    Nawin Juntong (PhD), Investigation Of Optimised Electromagnetic Fields In SEF Cavities For The ILC, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:153940

    Narong Chanlek (PhD), Quantum Efficiency Lifetime Studies Using The Photocathode Preparation Experimental Facility Developed For The Alice Accelerator, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:146224

    Michael Salt (PhD), Interaction Point Backgrounds from the CLIC Post Collision Line’, primary supervisor: R.B. Appleby, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:181302

    Christopher Glasman (PhD), ‘Long Range Wakefields Due To High Gradient Cavity Designs And Beam Dynamics Studies At Future Linear Colliders ‘, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:180977

    Matthew Fraser (PhD), ‘Beam Dynamics Studies of the ISOLDE Post-accelerator for the High Intensity and Energy Upgrade’, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:155665

    Abiola O. Oladipo (PhD), Dipole Photonic Resonators and Analogs of Matter’, primary supervisor: R. Seviour, Lancaster University

    Michael R. Ferris (PhD), Problems in point charge electrodynamics, primary supervisor: J. Gratus, Lancaster University

    Ben Hall (PhD), Designing the Four Rod Crab Cavity for the High-Luminosity LHC upgrade’, primary supervisor: G. Burt, Lancaster University

  • 2011

    Marcel Schuh (PhD), Study of Higher Order Modes in Superconducting Accelerating Structures for Linac Applications‘, primary supervisor: C.P. Welsch, University of Liverpool

    Anthony Scarfe (PhD), ILC alignment and tuning and ATF2, primary supervisor: R.B. Appleby, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:143615

    Vasim Khan (PhD), A Damped And Detuned Accelerating Structure For The Main Linacs Of The Compact Linear Collider, primary supervisor: R.M. Jones, University of Manchester https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:122208

    Jonathan D.A. Smith (PhD), Calculations of Collimator Wakefield Phenomena, primary supervisor: D. Burton, Lancaster University

  • 2010

    Larisa Malysheva (PhD), ‘Numerical Investigation of Spin Dynamics Problems in Linear and Circular Accelerators’, primary supervisor: J. Dainton, University of Liverpool

    Lei Zang (PhD), ‘Study and optimisation of undulator-based polarised positron sources for linear colliders’, primary supervisor: A. Wolski, University of Liverpool http://repository.liv.ac.uk/1445/

    Christopher Lingwood (PhD), ‘High Power High Efficiency Multiple-Beam Klystron Design’, primary supervisor: R. Carter, Lancaster University

  • 2009

    Christopher Hill (PhD), ‘Experimental Study of Multipactor Discharges in a Klystron Cavity Resonator’, primary supervisor: R. Carter, University of Lancaster

  • 2008

    Duncan J. Scott (PhD), ‘An Investigation into the Design of the Helical Undulator for the International Linear Collider Positron Source’, primary supervisor: T. Greenshaw, University of Liverpool

    Fay E. Hannon (PhD), ‘A High Average-Current Electron Source for the Jefferson Laboratory Free Electron Laser’, primary supervisor: R. Carter, Lancaster Universityfay_hannon_thesis

    M. Imran Tahir(PhD), ‘Frequency and Phase Locking of CW Magnetron’, primary supervisor: A. Dexter, Lancaster University imran_tahir_thesis

  • 2007

  • 2006

  • 2005

  • 2004

    Adriana Bungau (PhD), ‘Simulation Studies for the Collimation System in the TESLA Beam Delivery System’, primary supervisor: R. Barlow, University of Manchester http://www.hep.man.ac.uk/theses/AdrianaBungau.pdf

    Philippe Goudket (PhD), ‘A Study of Multipacting in Rectangular Waveguide Geometries’, primary supervisor: R. Carter, Lancaster University

  • 2003

    Richard Jenkins (PhD), ‘High Linearity Broad-band Helix TWTs’, primary supervisor: R. Carter, Lancaster University richard_jenkins_thesis

  • 2002

    Tushar K. Ghosh (PhD), ‘Three Dimensional Modelling and Optimisation of Multistage Collectors’, primary supervisor: R. Carter, Lancaster University