I work as an Edge Diagnostic Physicist at CCFE focusing on the MAST Upgrade machine which is currently being built. I joined the team when MAST was still running in 2013, following from my PhD with the University of Liverpool when I was based at the CCFE site. Whilst at CCFE I have had the opportunity to work on many different experimental fusion machines, such as ASDEX-Upgrade in southern Germany, TCV in Switzerland and I spent 3 months working on the international project, ITER, which is due to become an operational experimental reactor in the mid 2020s. For my undergraduate degree, I read Physicst with Industrial Experience at the University of Bristol which I completed as a Masters in 2009. The best part of my degree was being able to spend a year working in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire as a physics researcher. It was definitely my experience in that year that convinced me to follow a career in research!
As an edge diagnostic physicist my main concern is how the edge of our ‘star’ plasma is performing. To measure this I have to design experiments and build diagnostics which make measurements of the temperature. I then analyse the data so we can determine which scenarios are the best for performance and safety of the machine.
My two cats, Sherlock and Moriarty, are named after Sherlock Holmes characters!
Making a Star on Earth