Before starting the course in industrial design engineering I completed a PhD in physics at Linacre College, University of Oxford.

My work was in condensed matter physics, using neutron scattering to research into magnetism in new materials, supervised by Prof. Andrew Boothroyd.

Thesis title:
Neutron Scattering Studies of Correlated Electron Systems

The neutron scattering experiments were performed at international research institutes, and involved careful sample preparation beforehand, and detailed mathematical analysis afterwards to process the data.

Publications:

Influence of static Jahn-Teller distortion on the magnetic excitation spectrum of PrO2 : A synchrotron x-ray and neutron inelastic scattering study
C. H. Webster, L. M. Helme, A. T. Boothroyd, D. F. McMorrow, S. B. Wilkins, C. Detlefs, B. Detlefs, R. I. Bewley, and M. J. McKelvy
Phys. Rev. B 76, 134419 (2007)

Spin Gaps and Magnetic Structure of NaxCoO2
L. M. Helme, A. T. Boothroyd, R. Coldea, D. Prabhakaran, A. Stunault, G. J. McIntyre, and N. Kernavanois
Phys. Rev. B 73, 054405 (2006)

Three-Dimensional Spin Fluctuations in Na0.75CoO2
L. M. Helme, A. T. Boothroyd, R. Coldea, D. Prabhakaran, D. A. Tennant, A. Hiess and J. Kulda
Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 157206 (2005)

Magnetic Excitations in La1.5Sr0.5CoO4
L. M. Helme, A. T. Boothroyd, D. Prabhakaran, F. R. Wondre, C. D. Frost and J. Kulda
Physica B 350, e273-e275 (2004)

Ferromagnetic In-Plane Spin Fluctuations in NaxCoO2 Observed by Neutron Inelastic Scattering
A. T. Boothroyd, R. Coldea, D. A. Tennant, D. Prabhakaran, L. M. Helme, and C. D. Frost
Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 197201 (2004)