Mr Charlie Nation

Post:Research student (Physics and Astronomy)
Other posts:Research Student (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group)
Email:cn276@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

My PhD project is focussed on the topic of thermalisation of closed quantum systems - how do such systems reach a thermal state? Statistical physics rests on the assumption that large complicated systems can be treated as ensembles of all possible realisations - broadly speaking the thermal state is the most common. For a single quantum system, however, there is no ensemble: why does it reach a thermal state? 

The so called Eigenstate Thermalisation Hypothesis seems to provide a mechanism for quantum thermalisation; my current project aims at further justification for this hypothesis, and gaining a more complete understanding of its implications. 

Previously I have worked at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories as a research student, where I focused on nonlinear spectroscopy techniques and their application to biochemistry. A publication can be found on this work on my Google Scholar page linked below.

My masters and undergraduate degree were obtained from the University of Exeter. My masters project here was a theoretical project on nonlinear optical effects in graphene. 

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Role

PhD Student - Theoretical Physics

Supervisor: Dr Diego Porras

Qualifications

MPhys Physics with Professional Experience (First Class Honours), University of Exeter