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My Background

I completed my Undergrad at Lancaster University and began work at Diamond Light Source in 2007. After several years of working at Diamond, in 2016 I returned to academia and began a part-time PhD: a collaboration between the Warwick Diamond Science & Technology Centre, Diamond Light Source, and Element Six.

Diamond Light Source Ltd

At Diamond Light Source (DLS) I am responsible for the measurement and improvement of photon beam stability for our beamlines. This includes providing advice regarding the procurement, installation, and operation of X-ray beam instruments, and to deliver stability reporting and advice, guiding future beamline design.

It is important to understand the needs of both beamlines and external users so that we can provide the best instrumentation possible, tailored to a beamline's particular requirements. I work to develop new techniques and methods, as reliable X-ray diagnostics are essential during beamline commissioning, during routine ‘start-up’, and during data collection itself. This work helps DLS remain at the cutting edge of scientific research, and is an important contribution to the huge amount of research that is produced at Diamond each year.

Alongside my main work at Diamond I have supervised and managed summer students, and have found the training of a new generation of keen scientists to be an extremely rewarding activity. I work with the communications group, talking to the public about the work that goes on at Diamond. Talking to the public and explaining the work that is carried out at Diamond is extremely important, not least because the reactions of the public to being shown around a "real-life" particle accelerator serves as reminder of what an exceptional place Diamond Light Source is to work! I have been fortunate enough to represent Diamond Light Source at locations around the UK, including the At Bristol Science Centre, the National Eisteddfod of Wales, as well as at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.


Lancaster University

Between 2003 and 2007 I studied Physics at Lancaster University. Modules including Particle Detector Laboratory, Low Temperature Laboratory, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Statistical Thermodynamics, and Optoelectronics. I developed applied physics skills through my courses in practical laboratory work, mathematical analysis techniques, and in IT skills including the use of MATLAB and LATEX that I've since put to good use!

I also worked for the University Administration Department, processing late student arrivals to Lancaster. This involved meeting with the arrivals, ensuring that they were correctly entered into the University's systems.

In my spare time I acted on a number of committees: as Secretary of the Sub-Aqua Club, and Secretary and subsequently President of the Canoe Club. I have a BUSA silver medal for white water race kayaking, and competed at both University and national events for Canoe Polo and Slalom.


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Chris Bloomer

Part-time PhD student
in physics


c dot bloomer at warwick dot ac dot uk

Diamond Science &
Technology Centre
University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road

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chris dot bloomer at diamond dot ac dot uk

Diamond Light Source Ltd
Diamond House
Harwell Science &
Innovation Campus
OX11 0DE

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