I attended a small state school in the Cotswolds, progressing to an undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford. In the second year of my degree I undertook an 8-week internship at the London Centre of Nanotechnology, working on microwave waveguides to model paramagnetic resonance in garnets. During my fourth year I undertook a Masters project exploring potential spin-ice ground states in Yttrium-based pyrochlores alongside my condensed matter physics and theoretical physics courses. I graduated with a first-class Master's degree in Physics in July 2019, ranked 6/100 among students in my cohort.
Current work and research
I am currently working toward my PhD in the oxide electronics group, condensed matter physics department at the university of Oxford. My research is directed towards studying topological textures in antiferromagnetic Fe2O3 thin films, which show great promise as the basis for a new type of magnetic data storage devices. This would open the route towards high-density, low-energy oxide based electronics.
I utilise micromagnetic simulation techniques to study the variety of topological textures observable in this material system and explore the engineering required to maximise the quality of these materials. I also perform detailed X-ray experiments on thin films at large-scale international facilities such as Diamond light souce (UK) and the Swiss light source (Switzerland). In these experiments, I explore methods to reversibly nucleate, move and annihilate domain walls and topological textures present in Fe2O3 to understand how to incorporate them into device architectures.