Phyo Aung Kyaw
Program: Lee Teng
College: Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Home: Yangon, Myanmar
Mentor: Jayakar Thangaraj
Who I am: I am a rising junior and a physics major at Amherst College, Massachusetts. I am from Myanmar, and am interested in physics, math, computer science and economics. I like playing badminton and ping pong, jogging and reading.
Research: Electron cloud formation is a limiting factor for increasing beam currents in high intensity proton accelerators. It is important to measure the electron cloud density and mitigate it for high power operation of the Main Injector for the planned Project X. Microwave reflection technique can be used to measure the phase shift due to the electron cloud. I investigated the boundary conditions of a bench-top model of the Main Injector to determine the optimal aperture width for beam passage and maximum phase shift signal.