Hi! I’m Thomas, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) at MIT. My research—at the PSFC, under the supervision of Prof. Jack Hare—revolves around astrophysically-relevant fundamental plasma physics on the soon-to-be-constructed PUFFIN pulsed-power facility. Right now, I’m studying experimental pulsed-power driven magnetic reconnection in the presence of a guide field. Generally speaking, my research interests lie at the intersection of plasma physics, laboratory astrophysics, astrophysics (the won’t-fit-in-a-lab kind), and instrumentation.
In 2021, I completed my undergraduate MSci degree in Physics at Imperial College London. For my final-year MSci research project, I worked alongside Dr. David Clements (Imperial), Dr. Chris Pearson (RAL), and Xinni Wu (Imperial) on data from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory to study the evolution of dusty star-forming galaxies. The Herschel mission has long since been decommissioned (2009–2013), so we applied some fancy statistical techniques to squeeze out as much science as possible from the legacy observations.
Outside of physics, I enjoy baking, knitting, skiing, and making things! Be sure to check out my Twitter page for updates on those sorts of thing.