New members of the QUASAR Group

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Gyanendra (left) and Steve (right) joined the QUASARs this winter.

Another successful and busy year comes to an end, filled with exciting training and outreach events, fantastic research results and publications, and QUASARs introducing the world to their work at numerous conferences, workshops and meetings all across the globe.

The QUASAR Group has also been continuously growing over the last year and saw many new faces joining our group. As latest newcomers, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to PhD students Steve Padden and Gyanendra Yadav.

Steve joins the QUASAR Group to focus on the improvement of antimatter stability in traps and electrostatic transfer lines found in the AD-ELENA experiment , as well as enhancement of antimatter detection techniques currently employed.

He holds a masters in Physics from the University of Liverpool as well as a bachelors in Economics. Having graduated in 2014 from Liverpool in Economics he moved onto further study in Physics before completing his masters in 2018. His masters project focused on machine learning to improve detection of particle decays on simulated data from the ATLAS experiment looking for an extended Higgs sector.

Gyanendra joins the QUASAR Group as a student within the Liverpool Big Data Science CDT.

He received an INSPIRE fellowship in 2011 to join IISER Mohali for his BS-MS dual degree and completed his MS thesis research on the topic “Generation of Orbital Angular Momentum of Light and its application in Optofluidics”. Afterwards, he received a DST-MPG fellowship to pursue a research project at Femto Second laser lab in IISER Mohali and had a research placement at Guo China-US Photonics Laboratory, in the field of high harmonic generation.

Within the QUASAR Group he will be working on Dielectric Laser Acceleration in close collaboration with Lancaster University, PSI Switzerland and ASTeC.