Tag Archives: Physics

Mr. Bean Goes on Experiment – pt. 1

(Despite what it may look like, this is not a parody. I am genuinely this incompetent.) This week I’m in the Netherlands visiting an awesome institution called Radboud University. They have no less than THREE Free Electron Lasers (taking up a combined … Continue reading

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Screw-ups? Me?

Since I last posted about my PhD I’ve been hard at work on my PhD project, understanding how my new algorithm works, how to control it, and how to get the best out of it. You’d think that because I … Continue reading

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Major Win!

Since I started my PhD, I’ve been wrestling with one major problem – what I want to do as a project is well understood mathematically but not very widely understood practically. Since the major thrust of my project is both … Continue reading

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Old Beginnings

I mentioned recently that I’d just finished my MPhys at the University of Surrey. On Monday I started my PhD at the University of Surrey. I can’t help feeling that I’m repeating myself! Still, I arrived all optimistic and keen … Continue reading

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Fin.

It’s one thing to end a year at University, but it’s quite another to end a whole degree. To be done. Finished. The End. It’s a huge and scary concept that after four years of lectures, hangovers, late-night gaming, and … Continue reading

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Revival! And More SPADs

Well I honestly thought that final year at University would have me seeing more spare time, but that was naive of me and of course I had to neglect one of my hobbies. Anyway, I’ve managed to find some time … Continue reading

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Getting Through a Tough Placement

This is a post dedicated to the placement student of the future. Most placements go off without any major problems, result in a good mark at the end and a good learning experience. The vast majority of people won’t be … Continue reading

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Quantum Ignorance

“Quantum ignorance” might sound like a joke, like something a non-scientist might say to show they know nothing whatsoever about quantum mechanics. Well, here’s the punchline; “quantum ignorance” is a real thing in quantum mechanics. Even better, I’ll explain why … Continue reading

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Community Physics

One thing I like about science is that it’s built around the community of researchers who do it. While inter-department networking is really useful, the most immediate effect is from the people in the same group or the same department … Continue reading

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Exciting Science

I posted recently in the comments to a friend’s blog. The topic was… well, it was a bit scattered but what interested me was the question that came up at the end; What should I do? Of course context is everything … Continue reading

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