Undergraduate research

Before starting my PhD in experimental particle physics, I undertook two other research projects. The first was during summer 2009, when I spent 10 weeks working in solid-state NMR. The second was my Masters research project, which was in radiotherapy.

MPhys project: radiotherapy

Project: Assessment of a Multiple Rod Modulator for Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy
Supervisors: Prof. Adrian Wilson and Dr John Mills
Research group: Medical Physics
Location: University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire

During my undergraduate degree, I spent two terms on a research project at Coventry Hospital. I investigated a new method for modulating photon radiotherapy beams and compared this to a clinical technique, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). It concluded with a suggested redesign, which solved all the major problems with the original device.

For a full description of this work, please read this report (5.1 MB). Or for a summary, I produced a poster for an exhibition, which can be found here (5.7 MB).

The linear accelerator we used for our experiments

Summer project: solid-state NMR

Project: The TSAR Mechanism: A Family of New Solid-State NMR Recoupling Techniques
Supervisors: Prof. Steven Brown and Dr Johanna Becker-Baldus
Research group: Solid-state NMR
Location: Millburn House, University of Warwick
Funding: EPSRC Vacation Scholarship

I presented a poster at the URSS exhibitionDuring the summer 2009, I undertook a 10 week research project at the world-leading magnetic resonance facility at Millburn House, under the supervision of Prof. Steven Brown and Dr Johanna Becker-Baldus.

I was investigating two new solid-state NMR techniques with applications in protein structure determination. The project was a success, and inspired me to consider continuing into research following my undergraduate degree.
As part of the dissemination of my work, I gave a presentation to the solid-state NMR group and this can be found here (9.6 MB). I also produced an academic poster for the URSS student exhibition, which can be seen here (435 KB).