JPhys+ is proud to support CDT-PV, a multicentre team across 7 Universities training highly skilled students in sustainable energy and photovoltaic technologies. Here we catch up with students Joel Smith and Rachael Greenhalgh and their recent training
The importance of outreach
My name’s Rebecca and I love Physics. Find out why science outreach is so important and the recent outreach experience I have gained with the CDT-CMP and the Multiphoton Nanophotonics group at the University of Bath.
Role Models: how did you get here?
There has been much discussion over the past years about getting young people, particularly young women, into science and the effect of positive role models on young peoples’ decisions. Three young scientists, discuss how they got to be where they are, the people who played the most influential role in getting them there and what their influence meant to them.
Saving the World?
“I’m trying to make a tiny contribution, but anyone can make as big a contribution just by thinking about what impact our actions have on the world.”
Our top 10 highlights of the year
As their first year comes to a close find out what has been our cohort’s 10 best bits of the year. So in no particular order…
How mechanical stresses shape the cytoskeleton of living cells
Towards a unifying description of material properties and interfacial growth in semiflexible filament networks.
What does a visit to an Australian city boasting the largest coal export port in the world have to do with renewable energy?
Controlling matter with light
For a recent colloquium at the University of Bath, Professor Andrea Cavalleri spoke about his work on ‘controlling solid phases with light’.
Experimental or theoretical physics?
It’s the age old question – experimental or theoretical physics. Find out which Emma chooses as she explores both in her first year as a PhD student.
Spin dynamics in p-doped Germanium
Matthieu Jamet et al introduce their latest work, explaining the principles behind spintronics and the spin current in Germanium films.
The collaboration between academia and industry is vital, and these links must be exploited early in any scientist’s career.
Spotting Dirac-like fermions in rare earth monopnictides
Research teams from University of Central Florida, Princeton Univeristy and Los Alamos National Laboratory explain the significance and science behind their work into new topological semi-metals.
Adventures in the Netherlands
Dewan Chowdhury describes the challenges he faced while on overseas placement in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
As fresh graduates in the sphere of academia, we knew our time would come to lose our conference virginity.
Transition Metal Dichalcogenides: An Introduction
What are TMDs? And why is it important to develop new techniques to make them? Elisha Mercado has spent her time at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology finding out.
Pinning Down Perovskites
Perovskite solar cells have shaken up the solar cell research community. Never before has a new kind of material reached efficiencies that are competitive with those of the industry standard, silicon, as quickly as the perovskites have. But, what is a perovskite?
Career options for Condensed Matter Physicists
Taking the big step from a PhD to the working world can be an exciting time. One of the current CDT-CMP students shows just some of the possible career options for condensed matter physicists, including some of the things he’ll be thinking about when selecting his future job.