ARD Rotation Projects for Stanford Students

Fall 2010

 Project  Contacts:

One opening in the fall of 2010 to work on an experimental demonstration of a novel seeding technique for X-ray Free Electron Lasers (FELs).  The technique could enable a new class of FELs. The demonstration will focus on generating a bunch structure at ~240 nm using 1.6 um laser. The experiment will be performed at the Next Linear Colldier Test Accelerator using a 120 MeV eletron beam and the beam density modulation will be measured with coherent optical transition radiation. Students will work on simulation studies, beam operation and control, data acquisition and analysis.


Tor Raubenheimer
Eric Colby
One opening to work at FACET. FACET is a new accelerator test facility being constructed to study plasma-wakefield acceleration with acceleration fields in excess of 10 GV/m as well as other advanced accelerator science topics such as crystal channeling of electron and positron beams and dielectric acceleration techniques. The facility will be completed in 2012 and will provide a unique opportunity for completion of a PhD in accelerator physics. Students will work on developing future experiments mainly through beam and plasma simulation.
Tor Raubenheimer
Mark Hogan 
One opening to work on the E-163 experiment.  The Direct Laser Acceleration effort at SLAC works to design, fabricate, and test new concepts for accelerating charged particles with lasers instead of microwaves. The effort is strongly interdisciplinary, combining accelerator physics, optics, photonic crystals, laser technology, and semiconductor fabrication techniques, with the goal of developing new high gradient methods for accelerating particles that could lead to new compact accelerators. Experimental studies of new accelerator structures are carried out at an accelerator test facility specifically designed for probing laser/electron interaction physics.
Tor Raubenheimer
Dao Xiang
We have a rotation opening starting spring 2010 to work on simulation models and data analysis related to beam dynamics at the SPS ( CERN). the work is focused on understanding experimental measurements of Electron Cloud driven instabilities and Transverse Mode Coupling Instabilties.
Opportunities exist to analyse experimental data, develop simulation models which mimic the experimental effects, and study feedback techniques to add stability to these systems. Hands-on opportunies include dveleoping high-speed 2 - 4 Gsample/sec. processing channels and helping take the experimental data at the SPS.


John D. Fox

The AARD-Laser Acceleration group has openings to work on the design of photonic structures for use as particle accelerators. Research in this group is aimed at producing the world’s first “accelerator on a chip”, using lasers as the power source to accelerate electrons to high energy. Students will work on designing new photonic structures using computer simulations, making the devices using Stanford’s Nanofabrication Facility, and testing the devices with lasers and high energy electron beams. Students desiring interdisciplinary training in laser science, photonic devices, semiconductor physics, and accelerator physics please apply!


Eric Colby


The SSRL Accelerator Physics and Technology Development group has an opening to participate in research on the production and measurement of short-pulse x-ray radiation beams and associated timing systems. Research facilities include the high-energy SPEAR3 light source, high-power table-top lasers and ultrafast cameras. Students have the opportunity to work in a hands-on environment with other Stanford students, post-docs and staff scientists at SLAC. The goal of the research is to develop novel accelerator and laser-driven experiments which can generate, measure and utilize extremely short radiation pulses applicable to a wide range of basic and applied science.


Jeff Corbett 

The SSRL accelerator physics group has an opening to work on the design of the THz photon beamline on the SPEAR3 storage ring.  The SSRL accelerator group works to maximize the performance of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource accelerators, develop new operational modes, and probe the limits of accelerator performance to aid in the design of future storage rings.  We are developing a new operational mode with extremely short electron pulses, which leads to coherent synchrotron radiation at THz frequencies, where the photon wavelength is longer than the electron bunch length.  We are designing a photon beamline to capture and characterize the THz pulses.  Ample opportunity is available for hands-on work with the accelerator.


James Safranek
Alex Chao