A Brief History of Sonya
I studied for my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Bristol (1998-2002), taking some time out for an ERASMUS year at the University of Bologna, Italy. Following a final year project in the Positron Group at Bristol, I decided to continue my research in the field of condensed matter physics with the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group at the University of Warwick.
I was involved in a number of projects ranging from studies of magnetism in the hexaborides, field induced order and superconductivity in the heavy fermion PrOs4Sb12, and in particular investigating spin-gap behaviour in the spin-tetrahedral compound Cu2Te2O5Br2.
During my three years at Warwick I grew a number of polycrystalline and single crystals and carryied out in-house characterisation at Warwick. I have also made many a trips to the ESRF and ILL facilities in Grenoble, and the ISIS neutron spallation source in Oxfordshire.
You can view or download a pdf. copy of Sony's thesis here