About Me
I am a third year PhD student (my how time has flown...) working within the ATLAS Collaboration, which is one of the multi-purpose detectors installed at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. I have completed a period of 18 monthes living and working out at CERN on a long-term attachement from my home institution (Royal Holloway, Univeristy of London). This tumblr is a platform from which I can try to educate and inform others interested in particle physics and wonderful science, as well as provide some insight into the workings of a PhD.

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Nature: No Photoshop required.

1. Lenticular Clouds
2. Anvil Clouds
3. Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds
4. Fallstreak Hole
5. Mammatus Clouds
6. Polar Stratospheric Cloud
7. Roll Cloud
8. Undulatus Asperatus
9. Mammatus Clouds
10. Undulatus Asperatus

(Reblogged from physicsshiny)


Physicists have figured out how colossal rainstorms are formed in the Sun’s atmosphere, and it’s surprisingly similar to how we get our rain:bit.ly/1rwHBra

Image: Paisan Changhirun/Shutterstock


(Reblogged from scienceyoucanlove)


A monograph of the Trochilidæ, or family of humming-birds ; By Gould, John, 1804-1881 on Flickr.

Publication info London :Printed by Taylor and Francis ;1861
BHL Collections:
Book of the Week Collection
Smithsonian Libraries

(Reblogged from scientificillustration)



Voyager 1 is still sending data back, very slowly. Your cellphone sends and receives data at least 1000x faster.

Fun fact: The reason why the Deep Space Network antennae are in Madrid, Goldstone, and Canberra is so that they can always be in touch with distant craft like Voyager 1, no matter which side of Earth is facing the spacecraft.

(Reblogged from physicsshiny)


#lonelychairsatcern #b32 emergency chairs #CERN

O lonely chair, I knew you well

(Reblogged from lonelychairsatcern)

Blog - IOP Conference

Things have been super busy this week for the Royal Holloway particle physics department. We were honoured with the opportunity (read: it was our turn) to host the annual Institute of Physics (IOP) Conference on High Energy Particle Physics (HEPP) and Astro Particle Physics (APP).

It is a large UK conference attended by members of our community. This year we had around 250 people registered to attend. Everyone in our department was on hand to help in the smooth running of the whole conference, and this was my first experience of a conference from the inside. Whilst I was only helping out in the day-to-day running (registration/ AV) the stress levels were clearly high amongst the organising academics. Indeed, this was an opportunity to showcase Royal Holloway to people around the UK such that in years to come they will look back on our venue and on the event with find memories.

The conference is split into the normal plenary and parallel sessions over the course of three days. Normally, third year PhD students with research council funding are expected to give a talk on their own research and field some questions. I was no exception to this, and I was naturally quite nervous over the whole experience! I’m pleased to say that I think my talk went quite well (the feedback I received was positive and I even received some constructive questions which is always nice!).

The conference dinner is always looked forward to, when attending these events, and I think we did ourselves proud by hosting a dinner event at Ascot Racecourse. The venue was superb and certainly something different and to remember.

If you want to see the talks, all are publicly available at our group site - www.pp.rhul.ac.uk/iop2014.

Now it is all over, and I think normality will slowly descend back upon us within our department, but it has been an awesome experience!