Quota Studentship 2012

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

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Publications

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Hands T (2014) Understanding the assembly of Kepler's compact planetary systems in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Hutchinson I (2014) Potential for analysis of carbonaceous matter on Mars using Raman spectroscopy in Planetary and Space Science

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Hutchinson IB (2014) Raman spectroscopy on Mars: identification of geological and bio-geological signatures in Martian analogues using miniaturized Raman spectrometers. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

 
Description CAASTRO Visitor Funding
Amount $3,000 (AUD)
Organisation Australian Research Council 
Department ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)
Sector Academic/University
Country Australia
Start 03/2015 
End 03/2015
 
Description RAS Grant
Amount £800 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Astronomical Society 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Title Bilayer Graphene Excitation and Relaxation 
Description Bilayer Graphene Excitation and Relaxation as a function of different parameters that can be varied independently. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact We have shown that conceptually our device should work with colour sensitivity in the optical and mid-IR, with operation over a range of temperatures with a trade off against resolution. 
 
Description Bilayer Graphene Single Counting Photodetector 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution n/a
Collaborator Contribution n/a
Impact n/a
Start Year 2014
 
Description Conducting Spark plasma sintering studies of ceria to make pellets. 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Spark plasma sintering studies for creating ceria pellets, including characterisation.
Collaborator Contribution Spark plasma sintering studies for creating ceria pellets, including characterisation.
Impact Collaboration is multidiscpilinary: Physics and engineering.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Conducting comparative sintering studies of cerium oxide. 
Organisation University of Dayton
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Ceria ceramic structures
Collaborator Contribution Ceria ceramic structures
Impact Collaboration is multidiscpilinary: Physics and engineering.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Mine Analogue Research (MINAR) 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Attended field trips to the Boulby Mine analogue site to perform in-situ Raman spectroscopy. Analysed data for collaborative papers.
Collaborator Contribution Organised MINAR group and provided access to Boulby Mine analogue site.
Impact No impact yet. This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving physics and biology.
Start Year 2014
 
Description NSC 
Organisation International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am developing code and running simulations
Collaborator Contribution Provide expertise in the field and running simulations
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2014
 
Description Overseeing Chemical processing of Ce-Nd oxide. 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Conduct the synthesis studies for Ce-Nd oxides staff.
Collaborator Contribution Conduct the synthesis studies for Ce-Nd oxides staff.
Impact Collaboration is multidiscpilinary: Physics and chemistry.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Overseeing Spark Plasma Sintering Studies 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Spark plasma sintering studies for creating ceria pellets, including characterisation.
Collaborator Contribution Spark plasma sintering studies for creating ceria pellets, including characterisation.
Impact Collaboration is multidiscpilinary: Physics and engineering.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Raman spectroscopic analysis of carbon and carbonaceous material 
Organisation Charles University
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led the activity by developing analysis techniques, analysing samples provided by partners and publishing multiple papers.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of samples and expertise associated with geological interpretation of the data.
Impact All papers and abstracts listed above are outcomes of this collaboration. This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving physics, geology and chemistry.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Raman spectroscopic analysis of carbon and carbonaceous material 
Organisation University of Kansas
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Led the activity by developing analysis techniques, analysing samples provided by partners and publishing multiple papers.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of samples and expertise associated with geological interpretation of the data.
Impact All papers and abstracts listed above are outcomes of this collaboration. This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving physics, geology and chemistry.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Thermodynamic studies of Ce, Pu and Am. 
Organisation University of Dayton
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Conduct thermodynamic studies for lanthanide and actinide oxides.
Collaborator Contribution Conduct thermodynamic studies for lanthanide and actinide oxides.
Impact Collaboration is multidiscpilinary: Physics and chemistry.
Start Year 2014
 
Description 'Mums and maths' - school visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Visit to a school - attended a session to encourage girls (and their mums) to like maths and not just dismiss it. I talked to parents and explained ways in which we use maths in our everyday lives.

Got people to think in a different way and I have been asked to go back to the school to give a presentation to the children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description 6th Form College Talk (Northallerton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 10 pupils attended a talk on latest research work

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description AGN Conference - Durham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Conference - Presented a poster, discussed my work with other people working in my area.

Talked about my work with others and got some advice and references.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Adult Education Centre Talk (Leicester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 25 members of the public attended a talk on latest research work.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description An Exploration of Space Residential 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A five day residential for post-16 students at Villiers Park, Foxton, Cambridge, to which I was invited to give a talk and workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Autumn MIST 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact n/a
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Careers event for the National Space Academy at the National Space Centre, Leicester. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Over 100 secondary school pupils heard talks about different routes into space science careers, asked questions and met people in the industry.

Engaging question and answer sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/home/national-space-academy
 
Description DiRAC Day at the University of Leicester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contributed to a written press release for DiRAC day held at the University of Leicester. My contribution detailed the research I had carried out using the DiRAC computer system and its implications for other research. The press release lead to the article appearing in local newspapers and a number of technology websites. It also appeared on local TV, see next comment. (2013)
Appeared on BBC look east local news (TV) regarding DiRAC day held at University of Leicester. I answered questions and explained my research for the TV segment. Local news on TV and local BBC website. (2013)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dirac Day - Durham university 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Conference - Presented a poster, discussed my work with other people working in my area.

Talked about my work with others and got some advice and references.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Dwarf Galaxies Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Conference - Presented a poster, discussed my work with other people working in my area.

Talked about my work with others and got some advice and references.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description GDR-I GNT Annual Conference (Strasbourg) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 75 researchers from across Europe attended the Annual Conference in Strasbourg

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Graphene International School (Corsica) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 90 researchers from across the world attended an International School in Corsica

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Halloween Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Several hundred pupils attended a Halloween-themed activity evening involving entertaining physics experiments which introduce basic scientific concepts.

An article was produced for a local newspaper (Leicester Mercury)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Ice Giants Workshop at Johns Hopkins 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Able to inform the Ice Giants community about European space nuclear power research and developments.

Increased interest in space nuclear power research and its impact on ice giant exploration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Interactive lecture to 'Exploration of Space' students at Villiers Park in Foxton, Cambridge. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Students on the course got involved in a number of workshop activities and asked some fantastic questions about both space exploration and also where studying physics at university could take them.

Good feedback from the students who were on the course, some of whom are now applying to study for physics degrees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.villierspark.org.uk/our-courses-and-programmes/inspiring-excellence-programme/
 
Description Long Eaton Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Monthly meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society, to which I was invited to talk about my research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lunchtime Lectures for Adult Education College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact None as yet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description National Space Academy Careersfest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I delivered interactive presentations and represented higher education and university research during "Meet the scientist" question and answer sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description National Space Academy Space Engineering open evening at the National Space Centre, Leicester. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Prospective post-16 students and their families learned about the National Space Academy's Space Engineering A-level course.

The Space Engineering course was a success, its first class of alumni have all found jobs in the industry and it is running for a third time this year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://nationalspaceacademy.org/programmes-for-students/space-engineering
 
Description Planets@Leicester Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Symposium in which I spoke about my research on the Martian Upper Atmosphere in an attempt to start collaborations with other peers within different research groups of the department.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Scientific meeting (Port Douglas) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact ~100 academics attended, Q&A session after talk

Shared my research with others, got feedback on my research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.atnf.csiro.au/research/workshops/2014/SouthernCrossVII/
 
Description Stargazing Live 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An outreach evening where members of the public were invited to come to the university to see the research that is conducted here with regard to geophysics, planetary physics and other space sciences.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description Talk to the Long Eaton Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussed some of the research going on at the University of Leicester with the astronomical society, which was followed by good questions and discussion.

Engaging question and answer session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.mpole.org.uk/
 
Description Talk to the Northants Amateur Astronomers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussed some of the research going on at the University of Leicester with the astronomical society, which was followed by good questions and discussion.

Engaging question and answer session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://naastronomy.com/
 
Description UK Exoplanet meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact I presented a poster to people enjoying wine and cheese. The project was discussed.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description University Open Days 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I give teaching tours on the open days/UCAS days to describe the physics course structure. They can involve conversing with prospective students and their families/friends. I often try to to describe the topic of my PhD, in brief, to provide them with a slightly more detailed example and appreciation of one types of research conducted in the department.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014