PhD Candidate, Department of Physics, Imperial College London
EPSRC-funded policy intern at CSaP (September-December 2018)
Ben is a third year PhD student studying quantum states of light at Imperial College. His work involves trapping light in spaces one billionth of the size of a drop of water, and studying how to make new, interesting, and potentially useful states of light by changing the exact details of how the light is trapped. The work is mainly experimental, but Ben also does some theory and simulation work, and has been working with collaborators in Oxford to make specialist mirrors for trapping the light.
Ben was originally motivated to undertake this intership by asking the question "why do we do the research that we do?" He found that this was a rich question, with many diverse stakeholders, from research practitioners to policy makers to the general public, all of whom approach it from a different angle. This lead him into being interested in how information and expertise pass between policy makers and academics. After his PhD, Ben wants to work at the interface of physics research and the wider world, be that on the research side or the rest of the world side!
Before going to Imperial, Ben completed an integrated masters in physics at Cambridge, in 2015.