BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN APPLIED PHYSICS
My first degree was an Honours Degree in Applied Physics, in which I graduated in 1991. The 4 year course included industrial placements at Van Leer BV in Mijdrecht, Holland where I was engaged in research mainly on microwave absorption, and at Crystran, then part of BDH Limited in Poole, Dorset, where I worked on Crystal Spectrometers for X-ray and Gamma ray detection, in Particle Physics, Space and Industrial applications.
FINAL YEAR COURSES
The final year options which I specialised in were:
- Theoretical Physics (Quantum mechanics and Relativity),
- Advanced Digital and Optoelectronics,
- Advanced Computational Physics,
- Nuclear and Medical Physics,
- X-ray Crystallography .
FINAL YEAR RESEARCH AND THESIS
My honours thesis in my final year was titled "A Causal Interpretation of a Quantum Harmonic Oscillator", and used Hidden Variable Theory, to model particle trajectories in a Quantum Harmonic Oscillator. The theory was developed using standard mathematical techniques in conjunction with quantum mechanics. The result was a modified Schrodinger equation which included an extra term called the quantum "potential". Software was then written to validate the mathematical theory, using numerical simulation techniques which could be used on UNIX workstations and PCs. My supervisors were Mr G. Horton and Dr C. Dewdney.