QUASAR Group contributes to ESS – welcome, Mark !

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The QUASAR Group was recently awarded more than k£ 100 in research funding by STFC to carry out R&D into the European Spallation Source’s (ESS) target instrumentation.  ESS will be world’s most powerful neutron source. Its 5 MW proton beam poses very challenging demands on the beam diagnostics system and the Group were tasked to provide a conceptual design of the target imaging system in collaboration with ESS colleagues in Sweden.

This work will include analytical and numerical studies to assess the performance of the optical system monitoring the beam near the target, investigations into the impact of the thermal load imposed on the first optical elements, and surface degradation studies considering the effects from ionized gas in the target area.

To this end we are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Ibison will join the Group from 1 June 2015 to work on this ambitious project. Dr. Ibison did his PhD at the University of Liverpool on Optical Diagnostics with a focus on phase space tomography. His experience in the design of optical systems will be an excellent basis for the planned research.