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Charles Dewhurst


Between 1990 and 1993 I studied for my BSc(Hons) in the physics department at Leeds. I think it was possibly the 'final year project' that had the most influence on my interest and enthusiasm for physics and ultimately determined my current direction. The project was in the area of Superconductivity and involved using a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) to measure the dynamics of vortices in other 'new' superconducting materials. The excitement of High-Tc was beginning to peak.

Following my degree in Leeds I continued with a PhD from the IRC in Superconductivity, University of Cambridge, still working with vortices and vortex dynamics in superconductors. From there, a short post-doc at the University of Warwick introduced me to Neutron Scattering since the vortex lattice can be beautifully imaged using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). Following a few SANS experiment at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France, I applied and succeeded in getting a position at ILL as a 5-year staff scientist resonsible for the D22 SANS beamline. My position here has since been made permanent and I plan to stay in Grenoble enjoying neutrons, superconductors and vortices, not to mention the cheese, wine, sunshine and ski for a few more years to come.