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Sammy Valder

I am a PhD student currently in my 3rd year at the University of Warwick. The main focus of my research is part of a detector development programme to build a High Pressure Time Projection Chamber (HPTPC). In particular I work on the reconstruction of event displays to determine what has happened inside the detector. For this we use TREx (TPC Reconstruction Extension), I work on the software development and analysis of TREx. I was also part of a small team that tested a HPTPC protoype at CERN in the summer of 2018.

Other projects I am involved in include the development of optical calibration systems for Hyper-Kamiokande. In Warwick we have designed and built a whole optical calibration system, which is now currently being tested inside of Super-Kamiokande. I was involved in the research and development of the optical diffuser and continue to work on analysis of the calibration data. I am also a member of T2K where I have performed work on Barrel ECal Alignment studies.

In the past I did my undergraduate degree at the University of York. At York I specialised in Nuclear Physics. My masters project focussed on the decay schemes of nuclei around the doubley magic nucleus 100Sn, in particular determining the previously unknown decay profiles of 96Cd and 97Cd.

Sammy Valder at the 2018 APP & HEPP IoP Conference