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Durham University

Department of Physics



CDT Student Francis Ridgeon wins regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition

(12 February 2016)

CDT student Francis Ridgeon won the Institute of Physics, North East regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition.

CDT student Francis Ridgeon won the Institute of Physics, North East regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition. The panel of four judges unanimously voted his presentation on ‘Measuring the critical current’ as the winner. The competition aim is to present cutting-edge physics-based research in a novel, exciting, and concise way. Francis' work outlines an approach to remove a systematic error in the method of characterising superconductor properties. Francis collaborates with the European Reference Laboratory and is an iCASE student with Siemens Technology PLC. His work will be used to correctly characterise the materials that are to be used in the experimental fusion reaction ITER.

The next stage of the 3 Minutes Wonder Competition is for Francis to compete in the national final later this year in the world famous Faraday Lecture theatre in the Royal Institution, scene of the annual Chrstmas Lectures on the BBC.

Francis in the lab with an image of his simulation showing the distribution of a magnetic field in a superconducting coil.