• Studentship in Nano-Optics X-ray Synchrotron beams, University of Oxford and Diamond Light Source Ltd, October 2017


    The studentship is part of a funded project on refractive optics for X-ray wavefront correction being jointly undertaken by the University of Oxford (A.M. Korsunsky) and Diamond Light Source (K. Sawhney and D. Laundy).

    Diamond Light Source (http://www.diamond.ac.uk) is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. The facility provides intense beams of X-rays delivered along beamlines to diverse experiments. Specialised X-ray optical components are used to focus the X-rays into sub-micrometre focal spots to obtain high photon flux density and high spatial resolution at the sample. Currently the smallest X-ray spots achievable at Diamond are sub 100 nanometre. Achieving such small focused X-ray beams places great demands on the quality of the X-ray focusing optics. The Optics Group at Diamond are developing micro-fabricated refractive optical components to correct for the fabrication errors in X-ray focusing optical components with the potential to obtain X-ray focal spots sizes of less than 10 nanometre in size. This would be of great benefit to the cutting edge experiments performed at the synchrotron.

    The successful applicant will participate in the design and fabrication of this novel X-ray optics; evaluation of the optics, in particular performing sensitive measurements to characterise the new optics on B16, the Test Beamline.  At Oxford, the student will become a member of Prof. Korsunsky’s group (MBLEM).


    Applications should be made directly to University of Oxford, details here.

    Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Alexander Korsunsky (alexander.korsunsky@eng.ox.ac.uk).

    To apply formally for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to postgraduate.studies@eng.ox.ac.uk:

    • CV
    • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil and your research experience to date)
    • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

    Start in October 2017.

    Application deadline: Friday 28th July, 2017, Interviews will be held in mid-August, 2017.

    More information can be found here and here.

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