PGR Natalie Whitehead submits her thesis!

Congratulations to PGR Natalie Whitehead, who has just submitted her thesis on ‘Making The Grade: Generating and Controlling Spin Waves with a Graded Refractive Index’. Her supervisors were Prof. Volodymyr Kruglyak, Dr. Thomas Philbin and Dr. Simon Horsley.

During her degree, Natalie has been prolific in her Outreach work. As well as being part of Metabuddies, the CDT’s schools outreach scheme, she has had led and taken part in many outreach events and workshops, a particular favourite being a yearly Inspiring Science Lecture at Exeter College

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, Natalie spent a month with University of Manitoba, Canada, working with Prof. Bob Stamps on understanding the principles of ‘Coherent Perfect Absorption’ theoretically for both a mirror and a 2-way input, trying to implement for spin waves. Natalie said this was one of the highlights of her degree and that she learned a lot, as well as enjoying her visit to Canada.
She won Best Poster Award for poster “Theory of Spin Wave Emission from a Bloch Domain Wall” at JEMS 2016, and again in Magnonics 2018. Other achievements include nominations for the University of Exeter’s 41 Women Campaign 2015.

Natalie’s publications include:

Natalie presented at the following conferences:

  • January 2019- Intermag / MMM Conference 2019, Washington DC, USA (presentation on ‘Graded Index Lenses for Spin Waves), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, V.V. Kruglyak
  • July 2018-  ICMFS 2018, Santa Cruz, USA (poster on ‘A Luneburg Lens for Spin Waves, and  Theory of Linear Spin Wave Emission from a Bloch Domain Wall’), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, V.V. Kruglyak (+ A. N. Kuchko for latter)
  • July 2018-  ICM 2018, San Fransisco, USA (poster on ‘A Luneburg Lens for Spin Waves, and  Theory of Linear Spin Wave Emission from a Bloch Domain Wall’), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, V.V. Kruglyak (+ A. N. Kuchko for latter)
  • June 2018- SolSkyMag 2018, San Sebastian, Spain (poster on ‘A Luneburg Lens for Spin Waves’), authors  N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, V.V. Kruglyak
  • June 2018- International Advanced School on Magnonics 2018, Kiev, Ukraine (poster on ‘Graded Index Lenses for Spin Waves’), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, V.V. Kruglyak
  • June 2018- ICMM 2018,  Exeter, UK (30 minute talk on ‘Graded Index Lenses for Spin Waves’), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, V.V. Kruglyak
  •  April 2018- Magnetism 2018, Manchester, UK (poster on ‘ Theory of Linear Spin Wave Emission from a Bloch Domain Wall’- awarded ‘best poster’ at conference), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, A.N. Kuchko, V.V. Kruglyak
  •  August 2017- Magnonics 2017, Oxford, UK (poster on ‘Theory of Linear Spin Wave Emission from a Bloch Domain Wall’), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, A.N. Kuchko, V.V. Kruglyak
  •  July 2017-  MagIC 2017, Poznan, Poland (presentation on ‘Theory of Linear Spin Wave Emission from a Bloch Domain Wall’), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, A.N. Kuchko, V.V. Kruglyak
  •  August 2016- JEMS 2016, Glasgow, UK, (poster on ‘Theory of Spin Wave Emission from a Bloch Domain Wall’, one of the ten ‘Best Posters’ out of over 500 submitted), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, A.N. Kuchko, V.V. Kruglyak
  •  June 2016- International Advanced School on Magnonics, Exeter, UK (poster on ‘Theory of Spin Wave Emission from a Rectangular Anisotropy Defect’, also host and co-organiser of conference), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, A.N. Kuchko, V.V. Kruglyak
  •  April 2016-  Magnetism 2016, Sheffield, UK (poster on ‘Theory of Spin Wave Emission from a Rectangular Anisotropy Defect’), authors N.J. Whitehead, T.G. Philbin, S.A.R. Horsley, A.N. Kuchko, V.V. Kruglyak

Next, Natalie is working on the ambitious task of opening a STEM + Art (“STEAM”) Science Centre in Exeter. She says:

“At the Exeter Science Centre, we aim to connect the science research institutions of the South West with the general public, providing an inspiring space for all. This space will be filled with engaging, hands-on exhibits which explain the awesome science that’s going on in the region, particularly around the themes of ‘Global Challenges’. Science will be interweaved with art throughout, to express and mirror the underlying creative process involved in every scientific endeavour.

 

Our goal is to educate and inspire the general public about science through our guided exhibits, regular public talks, events, and collaborations with CoachBright and other educational organisations. We want to give the public the tools, the inspiration and the motivation to make a difference in the world. “

More information on this exciting project can be found at exetersciencecentre.org.

 

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