At Posters in Parliament
Posted on: February 28, 2014 by: Talitha Bromwich
I really enjoyed the BCUR poster exhibition and it was an honour to present my research on dark matter direct detection with the DEAP-3600 group at such a prestigious venue. My favourite part of the day was chatting to other students about their projects. The breadth and depth of research that takes place on an undergraduate level in the UK is astonishing and everyone is so enthusiastic about their work. I felt privileged to be included. The event was also excellent practice in communicating complicated ideas to people who may not have a background in my subject area. That is a vital skill in physics, which has some of the biggest and most fascinating ideas out there.
The DEAP-3600 project is hoping to detect the elusive dark matter particle thought to make up the majority of the mass in our universe. My project focused on calibration techniques for the detector and incorporated a lot of practical experimental work, as well as some theoretical modelling of how this particle might behave. It is a very exciting time to be working in particle physics, and being embedded in a cutting-edge research group gave me the chance to experience what a career in research might be like. It has convinced me I definitely want to pursue postgraduate study in high energy particle physics technologies.
I was delighted to be awarded first prize at the BCUR poster day, and it was lovely to have my supervisor Dr Simon Peeters, fellow student presenter Carlos Jo-Loo and several other representatives from the University Of Sussex there to share it with me. They put an incredible amount of work into encouraging undergraduate research at Sussex, so I’d like to thank everyone in the university’s fantastic Physics Department and Junior Research Association Doctoral School who made my research possible in the first place. I am also incredibly grateful to the BCUR judges and organisers. It was an experience I will not forget.