QUASARs award winning PhD graduation

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Dr Yelong Wei with Prof Carsten Welsch after the award ceremony.

QUASARs Yelong and Miguel received their PhD degrees during the summer graduation ceremony.

Miguel completed his PhD studies at the University of Liverpool as part of the oPAC project. He worked at the application of Superconductor magnetic shields and Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) to develop a high sensitivity beam current monitor, for the low-energy antiproton rings AD and ELENA at CERN. His paper on “Non-perturbative measurement of low-intensity charged particle beams” in Superconductor Science and Technology (SUST) was selected as a 2017 research highlight.

Yelong joined the QUASAR Group as a Marie Curie Fellow within the LA³NET project at the University of Liverpool. His work focused on the development of a compact, fibre optics-based electron accelerator. Within this project, the coupling of both laser light and electrons beams into different fibre structures was being studied and optimized to maximize acceleration efficiency and enable quantitative measurements for both process. The paper on “Beam quality study for a grating-based dielectric laser-driven accelerator”, authored by Yelong, has been selected as one of the 20 most impactful articles by the journal Physics of Plasmas in 2017.

Also, Yelong received a special prize for the best PhD thesis in summer 2018, awarded by the Department's research and impact board. This is the second year in a row that a QUASAR has received this special award!

Huge congratulations to both!