Tomorrow there will be Haf as many of us!!
2005-2010 Sudbury Upper & 6th Form, 2010-2011 Swansea University, 2011-2014 University of Hertfordshire, 2014- Rutherford Appleton Laboratory/University Of Strathclyde
BSc Phyiscs (with a year in industry)
2012-2013 IBM, 2014- Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory/University of Strathclyde
Favourite thing to do in my job: Seeing theory play out in the real world. It’s like predicting the future…
I’m a PhD Student working with some of the most powerful lasers in the world to generate tailor made x-ray pulses capable of imaging industrial scale objects.
First year PhD student working at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to delivery high resolution radiographs for industry applications. Laser-Solid interactions produce incredibly bright and energetic x-ray sources, capable of imaging complex and dense objects on a single shot basis.
I’ve been working on new detectors and diagnostics to further advance the imaging, including higher energy detectors, and high rep-rate readout devices.
My Typical Day
Coffee, coding, and collaborating.
Arise, grumbling at my alarm
Drive to work.
Tackle one of three ongoing analysis problems.
FFT working better than expected, results
Work on summary report.
Notice a gap in the data analysis
Immediately work to plug it
Blast some EDM, rock out at my desk, manic typing.
Start adding new data to the summary report
Realise there’s something wrong with my conclusion…
Mess up own hair in thought, pained expression on face.
Subconscious throws up answer to Matlab issue
Fix matlab issue
Read that paper the boss sent over a week ago
Read a few more papers linked to it.
Discuss with colleague/boss
Start working on one of the other problems.
What I'd do with the prize money
I want to spend the money popping balloons
I should explain.
The international year of light is a UN initiative to raise awareness in all things “light science”. I, along with colleagues, have been involved demonstrating the numerous applications and advances in laser science.
Recently we took part in the Science Museum Lates event, and as part of our exhibit we have a laser system capable of popping a balloon. It’s at best “iffy”, being only able to pop a few balloons before giving up for the night.
Should I win, I’d like to purchase and build a more durable version of kit, I’ve had some ideas already on improvements to make but unfortunately people start asking questions if I just take lasers out of the lab… with the money I can purchase my own kit and no longer have to deal with those questions.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
During post experiment analysis I had roughly 1000 images to look at, convert from readout to PSL, and then save in a viable format. Should have taken days, I wrote a code that did it in 20minutes. Oh so satisfying.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
You can never run out of puzzles in science, something always needs figuring out.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I once set my hair on fire in a chemistry lesson to prove a point, what do you think?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Milky Chance – you’re welcome
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I purposely fell out of planes for while, that was dope.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. House with a basketball court in, half court – I’m not greedy. 2. A coffee butler. 3. Infinite Wishes… duh.
Tell us a joke.
A neutron walks into a bar, and the barman says absolutely nothing, he can’t see the neutron, he can’t tell its there, it’s like crazy small, he just keeps wiping down the bar, the neutron eventually leaves fed up of being ignored, everywhere else he usually gets free drinks.