I am a DPhil student of Particle Physics at Oxford and a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN. I came to Oxford from the University of Manchester, where I studied for a Master's degree in Physics.
My research takes place in the context of the Oxford Standard Model and Beyond group, where I am currently almost on the Standard Model side of the agenda. My main analysis is a search for a feature of the QCD vacuum called an instanton that is yet to be observed. The QCD instanton arises in theory due to the non-trivial topology of the QCD vacuum and is a non-perturbative effect which, despite being a prediction of the Standard Model, to me counts as new physics. I am also involved in technical work for a subsystem of the Inner Detector of ATLAS called the SCT. With the SCT group, I am particularly interested in the effects of radiation damage sustained during Run 2 of the LHC on SCT performance.
I support the department's public outreach activities as a mentor in Masterclasses for school students, and as a contributor to Open Data projects, which hope to enable students to explore LHC data for themselves.