Dr Matthew Cliffe has received the Springer Thesis Award for his PhD work on the generation of longitudinally polarised terahertz radiation for the acceleration of relativistic electron beams. Matthew's research was undertaken with ASTeC's femtosecond Optics and Lasers group & the Photon sciences Institute of Manchester University. The research included novel particle acceleration experiments using STFC Daresbury National Laboratories research particle accelerators, ALICE and VELA.
During his PhD, Dr Cliffe developed terahertz radiation sources and diagnostic techniques for accelerator applications here at Daresbury Laboratory, and then in 2015, went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Cockcroft Institute.
Speaking his recent success, Dr Cliffe had the following message for his colleagues:
“I am very pleased to have won the Springer Thesis Award and would like to thank everyone involved in the research project, especially my PhD supervisors*, without whom the research described within my thesis would not have been possible."
The Springer award comprises of a monetary prize and publication of the work in Springer's collection of outstanding dissertations. Now in its sixth year this programme has so far helped to disseminate the work of over 400 talented young scientists, many who have gone on to win other awards and/or take up leading research positions.
*Dr. D. M. Graham, Prof. W. R. Flavell and Dr. S. P. Jamison.