Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.
The Laser Spectroscopy group in RAL Space develops instruments to measure trace amounts of gas, for applications including environmental sensing (e.g. CO2 in the atmosphere), healthcare, and energy production monitoring.
Recently, we have designed and built a hollow waveguide-based quantum cascade laser spectrometer for determining the ratio between the concentration of 12CO2 and 13CO2 isotopologues. We are currently testing the instrument to prove its use as a fast, non-invasive diagnostic tool for healthcare applications.
This summer placement project will involve operating the laser spectrometer to measure the absorption spectra of a large number of gas samples, and managing the data set containing all collected data. The project will also involve processing and analysis of the collected data to obtain the isotoperatio of the samples.
The project would be suited to a candidate who has experience in following strict protocols accurately, who has experience in processing, visualising and analysing datasets, and who is organised with great attention to detail.