Photo Credit: Elliott McCrory
Program: Helen Edwards
College: The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Home: Stirling, Scotland
Mentor: Vladimir Shiltsev
Who I am: I am a student of theoretical physics and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, and will be studying for my masters degree beginning this Autumn. My masters project will involve a systematic study of the development of resistance to cancer therapy (chemotherapy and radiotherapy) with computer simulations. My interests outside of physics include playing guitar and piano, and running. I enjoy making bread in my spare time, and like to learn new techniques and try new flavours. Another passion of mine is coffee and barista work, and I love to explore the many coffee shops in Edinburgh's city centre.
Research: My research involved performing a study of microchannel plate (MCP) based PMT devices. My goal was to assess the suitability of MCP technology for use as the cathode of an electron gun and a new electron lens concept. Specific tasks included assembling MCP-PMT systems, illuminating the devices with short pulses of light. The performance of MCP-PMTs was characterised by exploring the effects of varying light pulse duration, MCP-PMT gain voltage and magnetic field strength on the MCP-PMT output signal.