Many graduate students are part of the research team at SLAC. Students wishing to consider graduate study involving research in high energy physics or accelerator physics at SLAC should apply to the Stanford University Physics or Applied Physics Departments. University faculty members from other institutions who are part of any SLAC research program as User groups also bring graduate students to participate in their work at SLAC. Students from other universities with research groups working at SLAC also participate in research here. There are over 100 universities currently participating in SLAC research. Students cannot apply directly to SLAC. For more information, see the SLAC Graduate Student Program Information website.

    SLAC Students Dominate American Physical Society Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Awards

    Six of the 14 award recipients to date completed their graduate research at SLAC:

    Any doctoral student in the world is eligible for the APS Beam Physics dissertation award, established in 1990.

    Opportunities for Future Graduate Theses

    The SLAC accelerator research program is broad in scope ranging from fundamental beam physics theory to technology development.  There are active programs in:

    • Laser acceleration using lasers interacting with micro-scale structures to accelerator particles
    • Plasma acceleration where electric fields in plasmas are used to generate acceleration fields of many GV/m
    • High gradient microwave acceleration
    • Beam theory and nonlinear dynamics
    • FEL theory and beam manipulation concepts
    • Massively parallel computation techniques for accelerator physics
    • Use of new concepts to design and optimize novel accelerator facilities

    SLAC researchers in accelerator physics work on the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world's first x-ray laser, and the SLAC test facilities dedicated to accelerator research including the Accelerator Structure Test Area, the NLC Test Accelerator and Echo-7 experiment, and the soon to be commissioned FACET facility which will be the world's highest energy accelerator test facility.

    Examples of Recent Graduate Thesis Work at SLAC

    • Ian Blumenfeld, "Scaling of the Longitudial Electric Fields and Transformer Ratio in a Non-Linear Plasma Wakefield Accelerator," Advisor: Alex Chao, 2009, Present position: Scientist, Modeling Group, Archimedes Inc.
    • Neil Kirby, "Properties of Trapped Electron Bunches in a Plasma Wakefield Accelerator," Advisor: Alex Chao, 2009, Present position: Postdoc, Radiation Oncology Department, UC San Francisco.
    • Chris Sears, "Production, Characterization, and Acceleration of Optical Microbunches," Advisor: Robert Siemann, 2008, Present position: MPI Munich.
    • Boaz Nash, "Analytical Approach to Eigen-Emittance Evolution in Storage Rings Present position: Beam Dynamics and Applications Group," 2006, Advisor: Alex Chao, Present position: Accelerator Physicist ESRF

    National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)

    SLAC is a charter member of GEM, a non-profit corporation with the goal of increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and the natural sciences. In addition to providing its awardees with financial support during the academic year, GEM arranges internships with its 74 employer members during the summer. As part of GEM's M.S. engineering fellowship program, SLAC selects an average of two new graduate student interns each year.

    GEM applicants who are interested in interning at SLAC should note this on their application. Be advised that SLAC is most interested in the fields of electrical, mechanical, environmental, and biomedical engineering, though the particular selection criteria in any given year are dependent on the operational needs of the participating departments.

    Non-selected applications will be made available to SLAC departments for consideration as general summer hires.

    For applications and further information, contact the GEM Central Office

    The GEM Center
    P.O. Box 537
    Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
    Telephone: (574) 631-7771
    Fax: (574) 287-1486

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