Formation and study of excited exotic atoms

Project Supervisors:

Closing date for applications:  applications accepted all year round

Project description:

Positronium, the bound state of a positron and its antiparticle, the electron, is the simplest antimatter system and is similar in many ways to hydrogen.  In this project a suitable candidate will continue the current research and investigate the vacuum emission properties of positronium via its excitation and/or ionisation following laser interaction.

It is envisaged this project will likely find application in the formation of antihydrogen (as we are an integral component of the ALPHA antihydrogen experiment based at CERN, see, novel approaches to generating  X-rays, confirmation/exclusion of several theoretical models and open research avenues not currently possible due to limited technology.

The student will develop highly specialised skills related to antimatter production, storage and it’s uses but also highly transferrable skills admired by industry related to lasers and optics, computer programming, CAD & development, electronics, EM fields, vacuum technology, cryogenics, data and signal analysis to name a few. There might also be the possibility of temporary assignment to work on the ALPHA antihydrogen experiment based at CERN to further test or implement advances in the studies developed at Swansea.

This is a non-funded PhD opportunity available at Swansea University College of Science and based in the Department of Physics.


Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Masters degree (with Merit), in a relevant discipline. Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing Prof. M. Charlton (

How to apply:

Please send the following to :

  • A comprehensive CV to include:
    • Details of qualifications, including grades
    • Details of any current and relevant employment or work experience
  • A covering letter stating why the project you are applying for particularly matches your skills and experience and how you would choose to develop the project