Postgraduate Prizes 2018
Physics Postgraduate Research Symposium 04/07/2018 Talk Prizes (£200 each)
|Nuttawut Kongsuwan||CMTH||Will Branford||
‘The morning session in H144 was of excellent standard with some outstanding talks. Congratulations to all the speakers. Honourable mentions to Mariana Hildebrand and Simon Pocock, but there can only be one winner. That is Nuttawat Kongsuwan for an exceptionally engaging and accessible description of suppressed fluorescence quenching and strong coupling in a plasmonic nanocavity. Nuttawat’s enthusiasm shone through and he made excellent use of props to provide a little light entertainment (no pun intended!)’
|Ewen Davies||SPAT||Andrew Williamson||
Ewan’s research looks at transient phenomena in Saturn’s high latitude magnetic field, and marries observational results from the Cassini mission with insights into the causes of the transient events recorded in Cassini data. All the talks in this session were fascinating, expertly presented, and on time, but Ewan’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the topic came through in his talk and he is a worthy winner of the prize.
|Sarah Thomas||CQD CDT||James Mcginty||
The overall standard of the presentations was very high and all the speakers applied themselves commendably.
And the winner is … Sarah Thomas on “High-dimensional temporal mode manipulation using quantum memories”.
Sarah provided clear motivation for the research and how it relates to widely applied 2-state approaches. She explained the high-dimensional read/write concept using animated schematics and clearly described the experimental work and results obtained to date. She spoke enthusiastically and with precision on her research and answered questions very well.
|Shane Breeze||HEPP||Hagen Triendl||
Motivated very well by reviewing the dark matter problem and weakly interacting massing particles (WIMPs). He explained with great clarity both on his slides and his talk. He showed enthusiasm in giving his talk and in answering questions.
|Jack Maxwell||PHOT||Bill Proud||
The presentation involved a good mix of theory, experiment and analysis. The application to biological and engineering materials was clear. The questions and discussion was stimulating.
Like many of the sessions, this was a difficult choice and all presentations were clear, confident and professional.
Physics Postgraduate Research Symposium 04/07/2018 Poster Prizes (£200 each)
|Alexander Coney||PHOT||Bill Proud||
The combination of the poster and the discussion with the student were the things that made this stand out. The student clearly linked the underlying scientific research to matters of significant societal concern, deforestation, climate etc. The use of satellite telemetry, imaging and sensors is important to a wide range of technologies.
This poster session was excellent and all students were very good at adapting their description to the level of understanding of the questioner. A very enjoyable session.
|Lara Román Castellanos||TSM CDT||Myungshik Kim||The posters were a good collection of front-line research at Imperial Physics Department. Plasma and Quantum researches were particularly well represented in the poster session. The winner of the poster session is Lara Roman. She presented her work on localised plasmons very clearly, explaining the results in simple terms. She was also very well engaged with her audience to make sure that her details are clearly delivered. Interesting physics research and wonderful delivery so the prize goes to Lara.|