Radhika Patel is joining the UCL Optical Tweezers Group this summer with a Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary. This scheme allows UK undergraduates to gain research experience by providing funding for up to eight weeks to complete a research project during the summer vacation. We have hosted two previous Nuffield Foundation students: Muddassar Rashid (2008) who contributed to two publications on the properties of polarisation vortex beams as a result of his project, and Alex Dunning (2009) who performed calculations on the properties of optical nanofibres and will be starting a PhD at Southampton University in October.
Radhika was a pupil at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree and has just completed the third year of an MSci degree in Physics at UCL. She will be working on a project titled 'Photonic Force Microscopy' which aims to use optically trapped particles for sensitive force measurements and imaging. We will be reporting on her progress on this blog.