Abdus Salam Postgraduate Prize 2017 Graduation For annual award to a student in the Department of Physics for the best performance in the Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces MSc LEE Jonathan En Ze  
Adrian Sutton Prize (£600) Prize for the overall performance in Theory and Simulation of Materials JAROCKI Maciej  
Gladys Locke Prize in Applied Optics (£100) For annual award to the student who achieves the best overall performance in the Applied Optics MSc course, taking into account written examinations, laboratory and project work. ESCOBET MONTALBAN Adriá  
WintonWinton Prize for the Best PhD Thesis in Physics (£500) For annual award to the student with the best PhD thesis in Physics using computational methods. ALSING Justin  
Director's Prize (£250) For annual award to the student with the best overall performance in the Plastic Electronics MRES. HODSDEN Thomas  
Anne Thorne Thesis Prize (£100) A PhD thesis in experimental physics concerned with the development and / or use of new experimental instrumentation or techniques. MACK David  
Anne Thorne Thesis Prize (£100) A PhD thesis in experimental physics concerned with the development and / or use of new experimental instrumentation or techniques. RABEY Isabel  
Research Prize for best MRes Project in PE CDT (£250) The MRes in Plastic Electronics will have a prize sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich for best MRes Project SUIU Andrea-Otilia  
Blackett Laboratory Industry Club Thesis Prize - For 5 years from 2011 (£200) In recognition of doctoral thesis work that has made a significant scientific or technology contribution as measured by peer review publications or patents filed in an area of applied physics. YAO Jizhong  
Solid State Thesis Prize - For 5 years from 2011 (£200) In recognition of doctoral thesis work that has made a significant scientific or technology contribution as measured by peer review publications or patents filed in an area of solid state physics. LEGUY Aurelien  
AWE PhD Prize per excellence - Prize for innovation in computation or experimental physics on graduation for 5 years from 2013 (£500) Best PhD in the field of High Energy Density, shock regimes and plasma Physics. AWE will provide the department with an annual sum. PODER Kristjan  
Sir Peter Knight Award (£200) Best overall performance in the MRes year by a Controlled Quantum Dynamics Centre   for Doctoral Training student. HOLMES ZOE  
Promotion of MSc in Physics for 5 years from 2014 (£100) Outstanding performance in the MSc in Physics ANNESI Brandon  
Promotion of MSc in Physics for 5 years from 2014 (£100) Outstanding performance in the MSc in Physics DICHTL Paul  
3 Minute Thesis Competition Internal (£25) 3 Minute Thesis Competition Internal WILLIAMS  Hannah   
3 Minute Thesis Competition Internal (£25) 3 Minute Thesis Competition Internal DYSON Matthew  

 

Physics Postgraduate Research Symposium 05/07/2017 Talk Prizes (£200 each)

WinnerGroupJudgeCitation
Luca Rigovacca QOLS Matthew Foulkes

Quantum key distribution is now a practical technology, but how do you know you can trust the key distribution system you have been sold? How do you prove it is non-classical? This turns out to be surprisingly difficult.

In 1987, Hong, Ou and Mandel considered a system in which two independent but identical photons entered a 50/50 beam splitter from either side simultaneously. Classically, you would expect photons to emerge in both directions equally. In reality, both photons emerge on the same side of the beam splitter every time. This unexpected behaviour provides a clear signature of quantum behaviour.

Luca Rigovacca has successfully generalized the Hong-Ou-Mandel result to systems with any number of sources and detectors. Along the way, he has published two first-author papers in Phys. Rev. A, one in Phys. Rev. Lett, and one in Scientific Reports.

His presentation was clear and engaging. One or two of the other talks were perhaps more inspiring, but Luca was at a disadvantage because he had so much more to say. The content of his talk was excellent and his accomplishments are impressive.

Claude Jean-Paul Schmit ASTR Paul Dauncey

Against very strong competition in his session, the award goes to Claude Schmit for a very clear and interesting presentation on simulation and statistical inference of the cosmological reionization epoch. Claude pitched the level of the talk very well, balancing some complex concepts with very easy-to-follow descriptions that even the judge could understand. He demonstrated a good grasp of the material, and his level of achievement was high, particularly given the short time he said he had been working in this area. The slides were well structured, with a nice logical flow, and Claude’s presentational style was relaxed and informative.

Joshua Holgate PLAS Steve Rose and Zulf Najmudin

Joshua presented a very clear talk at a level that was widely appreciated by the audience. The research he showed was well motivated with good background material, and the modelling he presented showed remarkable agreement with experimental droplet behaviour.

Philip Calado

EXSS (PE CDT) Dan Waldram

First, my congratulations to all the PhD students who spoke. The strength and inventiveness of the research and the expertise the students have developed came through very clearly, even to a non-expert and even when the topic was technical. There were several talks that I thought clearly deserved special commendation but unfortunately could only choose one. Phil’s talk was clear and very well constructed. He introduced why Perovskite solar cells were important, presented the key question of the origin of hysteresis in the cells and showed how his research had led to a clear model of this effect. He judged the balance between technical and simple physical pictures extremely well and answered all the questions adroitly. This was an excellent talk among a very strong group.

Lars Mejnertsen SPAT Richard Thompson  

Lars presented simulations of the magnetosphere using the GORGON code.  He gave a clear introduction to his research, clarifying the motivation for studying the subject and in particular for carrying out simulations.  He introduced the GORGON code by describing the physics that it models.  He showed encouraging results from his benchmark tests of the code for the Earth’s magnetosphere.  He then showed new results for Neptune where less data are available.  His work demonstrates that this code generates reliable and useful simulations of the magnetosphere.  His presentation was engaging and informative, with well-prepared and clear slides.

Madeleine Morris EXSS (PE CDT) Tim Horbury

Madeleine Morris presented her work on the use of ferroelectric materials to improve the efficiency of solar-powered water splitting devices. In a clear and well-structured talk, she described how the recombination of photon-generated electrons and holes reduces efficiency and how her experimental results showed that the use of ferroelectric materials could dramatically improve their transport and lifetimes, with the ultimate goal of solar-powered hydrogen generation.

I would say that all the talks were very good and the students had obviously put significant effort into them.

Farnaz Ostovari CMTH (TSM CDT) Andrew Jaffe

This talk described a practical problem with important engineering consequences for the long-term behaviour of turbines in jet engines. There was a good discussion of the problem and the underlying physical principles that come into play. Various explanations for the rumpling behaviour were considered qualitatively and quantitatively, eventually concentrating on the clues provided by the behaviour under thermal cycling, leading to a new understanding of the physics behind the rumpling. The talk gave excellent descriptions of the problem and its solution, possibly pointing towards way of ameliorating it in the real world.

 

Physics Postgraduate Research Symposium 05/07/2017 Poster Prizes (£100 each)

WinnerGroupJudgeCitation
Thomas Brick EXSS

Will Branford

Rennishaw

The standard was very high, so congratulations to all the students from EXSS, PE CDT, ISP, PLAS and SPAT. It was a tough choice but there has to be a winner, and the winner is Thomas Brick. He was chosen for the combination of enthusiastic and insightful discussion of the science and exciting physics results in the area of “Overcoming photo-thermal effects for the fabrication of dimers with sub-diffraction gaps by optical printing.”

Tai-an Cheng

ASTR

Robert Nyman

Winton Capital

He gave a particularly clear, and crucially jargon-busting explanation of what he'd done, what he'd learnt and where he was going next. He has discovered a protocluster - the precursor to a galaxy cluster. He did both the observations and the analysis across multiple observation wavelengths, which shows excellent scientific skills to go with the top quality communication.

Riccardo Di Maria HEPP

Rupert Oulton

AWE

Riccardo gave a lucid description of his work investigating the nature of dark matter from the "invisble" decay channels of Higgs Bosons amongst data from CMS expt at LHC. With excitement he discussed his small team's progress in narrowing bounds on branching ratios of Higgs-invisible decay channels. A neat eye catching poster with clear and enthusiastic discussion.