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Dr Guoxing Xia

I am an accelerator physicist in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester and an academic staff at the Cockcroft Institute. Currently I am working on the advanced accelerator concepts including plasma wakefield acceleration (PWFA), laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA) and proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration (PDPWA). We are collaborating with CERN and other international institutes and working on the CERN AWAKE experiment (the world first proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment). In addition, we are initiating the new research program on PWFA using VELA/CLARA electron beams from the Daresbury Laboratory and the electron beams from the CERN CLEAR facility. Our group is also working on laser and ultrashort relativistic electron beam driven dielectric accelerators and the related experiments will be performed at CLARA front-end facility at Daresbury Laboratory.

Meanwhile we are contributing to accelerator beam physics (linear and nonlinear beam dynamics in particle accelerators, e.g. the damping rings for the International Linear Collider, the storage ring based third generation light sources and free electron lasers), ultra-cold atoms and ultra-cold plasma based research and advanced materials (nano-materials such as graphene) and their applications to next generation particle accelerators, e.g. the low secondary electron yield (SEY) coating based on graphene coatings, etc.

Contact details
phone +44 161 306 6569
office Office: Schuster 7.11
group Accelerators Group
address Particle Physics Group
address School of Physics and Astronomy
address The University of Manchester
address Oxford Road
address Manchester
address M13 9PL
address UK




Research Interest

Plasma Physics, Plasma Accelerators
Beam and Laser Driven Dielectric Acceleration
Accelerator Physics, Beam Dynamics
Free Electron Lasers
Cold Atom Physics
Lasers and their Applications
Advanced Materials for Particle Accelerators

Research Groups

PhD Opportunities in 2018/2019

Compact radiation sources based on strong laser plasma interactions
Beam driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiments (CLARA PARS and AWAKE at CERN)
Dielectric laser acceleration, simulation and experiment (DLA)
Experimental study on novel coating materials for low secondary electron yield (SEY)
Ultra-cold atom based electron source (CAES)
Beam dynamics (beam collective instability such as electron cloud, ion instability, intrabeam scattering, etc.) in the future lepton and hadron colliders
Ultrashort and relativistic beam driven dielectric structures for advanced beam manipulation
Low/medium energy heavy-ion beam and plasma interactions

Current Group Members

Dr. Guoxing Xia (Head of group)
Dr. Oznur Mete (Research Associate, AWAKE)
Dr. Mohammed Islam (Research Associate, AWAKE)
Kieran Hanahoe (PhD student, CLARA PWFA)
Thomas Pacey (PhD student, DWA at VELA/CLARA)
Taaj-Sian (PhD student, graphene and its application in particle accelerators)
Yangmei Li (PhD student, Proton driven PWFA)
Barney Williamson (PhD student, DWA at VELA/CLARA)
Yuan Zhao (PhD student, Compact radiation sources based on laser-plasma interaction)

Postdoctoral Opportunities

Proton and electron beam-driven plasma wakefield acceleration (CERN AWAKE and CLARA PARS)
Experiment on Beam Driven and Laser Driven Dielectric Acceleration at VELA/CLARA facility
Plasma beam dumps and the energy recovery from plasmas (EuPRAXIA and the ILC)
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MSc. and BSc. in Physics (Lanzhou University of China, 1993 - 2000)
PhD in Accelerator Physics (Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2000 - 2003)
Postdoctoral research on Free Electron Lasers (Peking University of China, 2003 - 2005)
Postdoctoral research on beam dynamics for the International Linear Collider-ILC (DESY Hamburg, Germany, 2005 - 2008)
Research Scientist on Plasma Accelerators and muon cooling (Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany, 2008 - 2012)
Lecturer of Accelerator Physics in University of Manchester (Manchester, 2012 - present)
Lecturer of Accelerator Physics at the Cockcroft Institute (2012 - present)


APS Journals:
Physical Review Letters (PRL)
Physical Review Special Topics-Accelerators and Beams (PRST-AB)
Elsevier Journal:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A (NIMA)
IOP Journals:
New Journal of Physics