DESCRIPTION OF THE OPEN POSITION
The Low level Radio Frequency (LLRF) systems are crucial components of particle accelerators, as they make sure that the particles are properly accelerated inside of the accelerating structures, also called RF cavities. The LLRF acquires the RF signals coming from the RF cavities, compares its amplitude and phase with the desired values, and through the control of its RF output that drives the power amplifier, it maintains the desired RF field inside of the RF cavities. In short, it is a very important feedback system!
The EuPRAXIA project aims at the construction of an innovative electron accelerator using laser- and electron-beam–driven plasma wakefield acceleration that offers a significant reduction in size and possible savings in cost over current state-of-the-art radiofrequency (RF)-based accelerators. The accelerator will be constructed in Frascati (Rome) at the INFN-LNF laboratories and will use X-band accelerating structures. As there are no industrial X-band LLRF systems available on the market, a dedicated LLRF system needs to be developed.
Within this Ph.D. project linked with the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Fellow will join the group of engineers at Instrumentation Technologies and take part in the prototype development. Depending on skills and background, the Fellow will be involved in areas like RF design, Digital Signal Processing, Software development and Testing. The prototype will be validated in the real machine environment. The position will start in autumn 2023 and last for 36 months (3 years).