Research course

X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy

Open University · Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute - PSSRI

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


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. Although the use of detectors for space astronomy is a very specialised area, the basic principals can be applied to a wide range of fields. Over recent years we have, for example, taken research towards the International X-ray Observatory and considered how this could benefit synchrotron research; the detection of low energy X-rays in specialised cameras is essentially the same process whether in a laboratory or orbiting in space. In this multidisciplinary project, we will be looking at how expertise built through space research can be transferred to exciting new ground-based applications, from synchrotron research to medical imaging.

This studentship would span a range of activities at the cutting edge of detector development, and offers the chance to work closely with scientists from within the research group and the detector manufacturers, e2v technologies, to give experience of both academia and industry.

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


part time
72 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

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