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Biography

Employment and positions held:

Sept. 2015 - Present, Lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics

Sept. 2010 - Feb. 2016 EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow

April / May 2010 and Jan / Feb. 2012, Visiting researcher at the Low Temperature Laboratory, School of Science and Technology, Aalto University, Finland.

May 2003 - Sept. 2010, Research Associate, Condensed Matter Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

Education:

Sept. 1999 - May 2003: Ph.D., Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

Thesis title: "Textures, vortices and persistent currents in a slab of superfluid 3He-A"

Sept. 1995 - July 1999: M.Phys.(Hons) Physics, First Class, University of Manchester

Research interests

My research interests are focussed on the helium superfluids (4He and 3He). These are liquids that at sufficiently low temperatures display quantum phenomena on macroscopic scales. My main achievements have been in performing novel experiments on quantum turbulence in superfluid 4He at very low temperatures and also in understanding the nature of quantized vortices and other topological defects in confined superfluid 3He-A.

I was awarded an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship which was used to build a new state-of-the-art rotating dilution refrigerator. This instrument is currently being used for investigating turbulent phenomena in pure superfluid 4He in the zero temperature limit. It was also used to search for macroscopic quantum phenomena in rotating solid 4He.

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