Postgraduate Prizes 2019
Physics Postgraduate Research Symposium 03/07/2019 Talk Prizes (£200 each)
|Samuel Davis||PHOT MREs||Mark Scott||
Samuel gave an excellent presentation on the principles and use of optical projection tomography in medical imaging. The talk was clear and accessible, effectively engaging the audience in the subject matter. He also did a very good job of describing the computational and experimental methods being employed and the various effects these had on the resultant images. Overall this was a well balanced presentation that was well delivered and was a great showcase for the work Samuel has done.
|Phoebe Pearce||EXSS||Jenny Nelson||
on the basis of the combination of excellent science content and very clear presentation.
|Vukasin Milosevic||HEPP||Kim Christensen||
Excellent and clear explanation of why the research was done and its implications from the very outset of the talk. Managed to convey to a non-specialist why a two trigger strategy in the analysis of data is superior to a one trigger anabysis. Clearly structured talk facilitating the understanding. Good use of animated slides to convey main ideas. WELL DONE!
|Christopher Ho||CQD CDT||Dan Waldram||
First, I would like to thank the speakers for all giving exceptionally strong talks. All the presentations were clearly thought out, well-paced, informative and insightful. They covered a wide range of topics, some much easier to present to a general audience and some really very difficult. The enthusiasm of the speakers for their work shone through and I would gladly recommend sharing the prize, but it seems that is not a possibility… By a very small margin, let me recommend Christopher Ho. His talk was exceptionally clear, running from theory to experiment, all presented at just the right level and with excellent slides. My congratulations to all.”
Physics Postgraduate Research Symposium 03/07/2019 Poster Prizes (£100 each)
|Marie Rider||TSM CDT||Piers Barnes||
Her engaging poster elucidated a fascinating application of the optical properties of topological insulators shrunk to a nanometre scale. In this size range, she demonstrates that THz lasing may occur via the evenly separated surface energy states within the Dirac cone of a topical insulator.
|Juke Johnson||ASTR||Piers Barnes||For his development of software to aid the search for exoplanets.|
|Ross Schofield||QSE||Will Branford; Mike Finnis and Ralf Toumi||
The posters I was judging were of excellent quality and the students did great credit to the department. There has to be one winner and my choice is Ross Schofield for his poster on Molecular Single Photon Sources. He spoke with great enthusiasm and knowledge about the organic single crystals he was growing and using in his experiments. He showed clarity and insight when discussing the physics challenges in achieving reliable single photon sources for quantum optics. Well done!"
|Cary Colgan||PLAS||Will Branford; Mike Finnis and Ralf Toumi||
The aim he explained is to study “warm dense matter”, an exotic state of matter that we don’t meet in everyday life, because ‘warm’ in this context is typically 10.000 degrees or warmer. It wasn’t a level playing field in terms of progress, because he started his PhD in 2017 I believe, several others were in their first year. He had made good progress with it, his explanations were clear and his poster was simple in design, clear and informative, with motivation and conclusions easy to find.