Research course

Space Radiation Damage

Institution
Open University · Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute - PSSRI
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

Course content

The scientists in the Centre for Electronic Imaging and the Space Instrumentation Group at The Open University have been involved in the development of instruments for space applications for many decades. When a detector is launched into space it may encounter a very harsh radiation environment, from the high-energy protons that will bombard the detectors in ESA’s Euclid mission, to the electrons that will impact ESA’s JUICE mission on its voyage around Jupiter’s icy moons. The radiation that hits the detector can cause irreparable damage to the silicon lattice of the detector itself, leading to a degradation of the images returned to us and having the potential to jeopardise the scientific goals of the mission. For this reason, research into the effect of radiation on the detectors is vital to the success of any space mission.

Through a deep and thorough understanding of the impact of radiation damage, built up though detailed experimental test campaigns in conditions as close as possible to those experienced in orbit, we can find ways to operate the detectors to minimise the impact of the damage on the science goals of the mission and find ways to correct against this damage through post-processing. This studentship offers the chance to work alongside experts towards one of several ESA missions due to be launched over the next decade.

Potential supervisors:

Department specialisms

Development of an X-ray camera for the OGRE sounding rocket Development of an imaging camera for UKube-1 Investigation of electron multiplying CCD technology for space astronomy Radiation damage in scientific sensors for space Development of CMOS imager for the JANUS camera on JUICE

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036