The Big Picture
Adam carried out a 12-week placement at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in summer 2015. He contributed to a team that researches nuclear fusion using one of the lasers at the laboratory.
“It was definitely interesting and useful to see applications of these sort of extreme areas of physics that you don’t normally get to see… it was everything I hoped it would be…”
In Adam’s Own Words…
Full video transcription
It’s obviously extremely useful for a CV. I’d say that was one of the main reasons I did it in the first place and the thing is now right, there’s so many other things I got from it I do forget that sometimes, especially since so much related to what I want to to do in the future. I was working at the central laser facility which is part of Rutherford Appleton Laboratories in Oxford. While I was there, we started an actual research project using one of the lasers. So I was working with a small team of people from the central laser facility. Together we were working on this specific project to do with the fusion research. It’s very necessary, especially if you want to go into research like I do, to have some experience in that area so I always thought that an internship, that sort of thing, would definitely help. I originally brought this up, several times with my supervisor, in our supervision meetings – in fact, he specifically told me about the central laser facility because he does quite a lot of research there. It made it clear I think that any sort of experience in that sort of field was very important so whatever sort of experience they could offer would be good. With physics quite a lot of the time you’re dealing with ideas that don’t always come up in everyday life, and especially high power lasers like we were using down at the central laser facility. It was definitely interesting and useful to see applications of these sorts of extreme areas of Physics that you don’t normally get to see.
I do have some hope that I’ll be able to go back this year so that was obviously a big factor – making a good impression overall. I kept in contact with some of the people from the project to find out what the results of it are. So it is still relevant to me, I’m still trying to keep on top of it. I think it may be more passionate, yeah definitely, I mean it was everything I hoped it would be. Research is definitely interesting and yeah, it didn’t change my mind on it particularly, I definitely still want to do it, yeah.
The Next Step
“I think it may be more passionate, yeah definitely, I mean it was everything I hoped it would be. ”
Adam completed his MPhys degree in June 2018. He is now studying for a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.
“It’s very necessary, especially if you want to go into research like I do, to have some experience in that sort of area.”