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EPSRC Reference: GR/M52205/01
Title: DEVELOPMENT & USE OF A POLARIZATION SYNCHROTRON
Principal Investigator: Singleton, Dr J
Other Investigators:
Hayes, Dr W Ardavan, Professor A
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Project Partners:
AB Group University of Cambridge
Department: Oxford Physics
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 April 1999 Ends: 30 September 2002 Value (£): 329,911
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Condensed Matter Physics Instrumentation Eng. & Dev.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Chemicals
Communications Electronics
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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We propose a polarization synchrotron (PS), a new source of electromagnetic radiation based on the emission from a rapidly moving polarization charge in a dielectric. The PS would act as a source of intense, broadband radiation, useful in many spectroscopic and industrial applications. However, in contrast to conventional synchrotrons, the PS would be compact (our prototypes will be 1 m in diameter), require no bending magnets, no vacuum chamber and no cryogens. The use of polarization charge, which is massless, also enables the device to be used to investigate superluminal sources; such sources are thought to be important in astronomical objects such as pulsars. A superluminal source of this type emits with an intensity which falls off as 1/distance, rather than the usual inverse square dependence; this suggests applications in communications and/or radar.The programme involves the design, construction, testing and use of two PSs, PS1 and PS2, as outlined in the objectives section.
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