Cohort 1

Cohort 1
  • Lewis HartLewis Hart I obtained an undergraduate Master of Physics degree from the University of Warwick. I am currently working in the Spectroscopy and Imaging group under the supervision of Dr Daniel Wolverson. My research involves looking at the properties of the Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) ReS2 and ReSe2, in particular the optical characteristics of the few atomic layer thick forms of these materials.
  • David HooperDavid Hooper I graduated with an MPhys degree from the University of Bath in 2014 before joining the Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics. I am now working on my PhD project under the supervision of Dr Ventsislav Valev. My research uses plasmonics to probe the relationship between chirality, magnetism and light. By using ultrafast lasers I can study how surface magnetizations affect the nonlinear optical properties, specifically second harmonic generation, of metamaterials.
  • Sara KarbassiSara Karbassi I graduated with an MSci in Physics from the University of Bristol in 2014. I am now working under the supervision of Dr Sven Friedemann. in Bristol. My project involves high pressure studies of charge-density-wave superconductors, looking particularly at the chalcogenide materials.
  • Rebecca PurkissRebecca Purkiss I studied an undergraduate Masters at the University of Bath and graduated in 2014. I have now started my PhD within the Atomic Manipulation Group at the University of Bath, under the supervision of Dr Peter Sloan. I am looking at dosing a graphene surface with atomic oxygen and using a Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) to induce manipulation of these atoms with the tunnelling current flowing between STM tip and my sample.
  • Joshua RobbinsJoshua Robbins I graduated with an MSci degree from the University of Bristol in 2013. After taking a year away from my studies I joined the Bristol-Bath Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics. I am now working on my PhD project under the supervision of Dr Martin Gradhand and Professor James Annett. This is a theoretical study of the polar Kerr effect in unconventional superconductivity. My work involves numerical simulations of the superconducting state and broken time-reversal symmetry in materials such as Sr2RuO4 with the aim of uncovering information of the pairing of electrons in an unconventional superconducting state.
  • Joe WilcoxJoe Wilcox I am in my third year of the CDT-CMP and I am embedded in the Correlated Electron Systems group and the University of Bristol. Currently, my research is focused on determining the nature of the gap function in Sr2RuO4; a low temperature unconventional superconductor with a Tc of 1.5 K. In my spare time I write music and play guitar and synthesizer in a band.