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Theoretical physicist specialising in condensed matter physics

I am an ambitious theorist who aims to contribute to the academic condensed matter physics community. My goal is to continue researching the many fascinating phenomena that arise in condensed matter physics and quantum mechanics. My research thus far has covered areas in superconductivity, low temperature transport phenomena, the matching of quantum and semiclaisscal analysis, and gravitational waves.

My academic journey started at the University of Birmingham in 2013, where I studied for my Theoretical Physics Msci degree. There I placed top of my year, earning the Bloodworth and Smith Prizes in my 3rd and 4th years, respectively. I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2017 with a 1st class and honours. During my final year I learnt how to use the methods of supersymmetric quantum mechanics to study a generalised Kepler-Coulomb potential, whose eigenspectrum could be determined from Bohr-Sommerfeld quantisation. This led to my second publication in 2018.

I undertook internships between by 2nd and 3rd years (2015), as well as my 3rd and 4th years (2016). In 2015 I worked with Dr R. A. Smith at the University of Birmingham on the application of supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSY QM). Here I learnt the methods underlying SUSY QM, and created a GUI in MATLAB to depict the new potentials and their associated wavefunctions given the number of transformations applied and initial parameters. In 2016 I worked with Professor I. Mandel in the University of Birmingham’s gravitational wave group. During my time with the group I focused on analysing the data of the binary evolution code, to understand the which of these systems would form candidates for gravitational wave sources, and what parameters affected their likelyhood.

I began my PhD in Physics and Astronomy within the Theoretical Physics group at the University of Birmingham in 2017 under the supervision of Dr R. A. Smith. During my PhD I focused on understanding the transport phenomena of granular materials, specifically in application to the superconducting phase transition. This work has been largely based on experimental observations made in Boron-doped NanoCrystalline Diamond (BNCD) by Dr G. M. Klemencic (Cardiff University).

During my PhD I worked in collaboration with Dr G. M. Klemencic and Dr J. M. Fellows (University of Bristol) in understanding the onset of the superconducting phase transition in BNCD. Additionally, I worked with Dr C. M. Muirhead (University of Birmingham), Dr G. M. Klemencic, and Dr J. M. Fellows when considering the effects of phase slip phenomena in the superconducting phase of BNCD.

Research Interests

Here I give an overview of the general topics I have conducted research in. Please note that this list is subject to change as new results and ideas come to light. I am very open to starting new projects in areas related to those I have knowledge in.

Overarching Interests

  • Superconductivity
  • Low temperature transport phenomena
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Semiclassical analysis

Specific Research Topics

Superconductivity
  • Superconducting fluctuations in the normal state
  • Phase slips
  • Thermal conductivity
Low Temperature Transport
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Localisation effects
  • Electron-electron interactions
  • Granular metals
  • Thermal conductivity
Semiclassical Analysis
  • Bohr-Sommerfeld quantisation
  • Understanding when semiclassical analysis maps to quantum mechanics successfully

Personal Interests

Jujutsu

I have been learning and practicing the Japanese martial art Jujutsu for almost 20 years. During this time I achieved my intermediate black belt at the age of 16, followed by my adult sho-dan (1st dan) grade at the age of 18.

On top of just training and learning the art both in self-defense and traditional contexts, I also competed regularly during my time prior to my later university years. I have entered 40 competitions locally, nationally, and internationally in kumite and grappling tournaments. Whilst competing I picked up a number of medals, the most notable being:

  • World Martial Arts Games 2012 (Bregenz): 2 gold medals
  • World Martial Arts Games 2013 (Geneva): 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal
  • European Martial Arts Games 2011: 1 gold medal and 1 silver medal

Drumming

My interests also stretch into music, where I enjoy playing the drums. I have been playing for over 14 years and like to learn new genres and styles so that I can try to implement new ideas into the genres I prefer to play. I have played in a few bands and played gigs locally. I enjoy writing new songs with other musicians, as well as working on covers of songs I really like listening to, especially if they have parts where I’d have to learn something new or sections that could have more entertaining drum parts.

Credit: Photo taken, edited, and supplied by Chris Oliver.