Physics: Applied, Physics: Instrumentation and Measurement, Physics: Plasma
This position is to participate in construction, deployment, operation, and analysis of a new X-ray imaging diagnostic. A coded aperture imaging system for radiation that cannot be focused using conventional optical methods will be constructed and demonstrated to work with X-rays in the multi-kilovolt range. After testing at Caltech, this system will be fielded on pulsed, intermediate-density fusion experiments elsewhere. The spatial location of the X-ray source and possibly other forms of radiation (gamma rays) or energetic particles (neutrons) will be measured. This will be done in association with a graduate student who has already done significant initial work. Prototypes will be tested at Caltech before being used elsewhere in the US. Significant travel will be required.
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Recent Ph.D. degree in Experimental Plasma Physics or closely related field
Preferred experience: X-ray imaging techniques, coded aperture methods, general plasma diagnostics, pulsed power operation, fast data acquisition, measurement of low-level signals in an extremely noisy environment
Required knowledge: optics, imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, plasma physics, numerical techniques for data analysis, electronics, vacuum techniques
General: Excellent oral and written communication skills
About California Institute of Technology
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