1 October 2012 - 1 October 2016
I conducted research as part of the high energy physics research group in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton. Specifically, I worked on lattice QCD in a team of about a dozen people, simulating particle physics interactions to come up with observables to compare with experiments. My various activities included:
- writing and running analysis code (Python) to analyse results from simulations;
- writing new simulation code (C++) to enhance simulation results;
- liaising with colleagues in a research team, following a unified strategy to achieve specific research goals;
- presenting results to colleagues in both the UK and USA via teleconference;
- aiding undergraduate physicists in problem classes, then marking their work and providing feedback on their performance.
My specific areas of research included g - 2 and the optimisation of domain wall fermions for charm physics.
During my PhD I developed the following skills:
- effective and efficient implementation of C++, Cython and Python codes;
- knowledge of computer architectures and optimization for high performance computing;
- presentation and scientific communication skills;
- statistical analysis, including chi-squared minimisation and resampling techniques.
During this time I also developed pyQCD, a lattice QCD Python package using Cython and C++ to provide native code performance to lattice simulations with a Python interface.