My name is Nicky, I am taking the course on Hyperfine Interactions as a part of my Master in Nuclear Physics. I do this at the KU Leuven university in Belgium.
You should definitely come visit Leuven if you are ever in the neighbourhood, since it is a beautiful city! Especially for students, it is ‘the place to be’, since there is a great night life and so many different kind of students around. It also has a rich history, so if you are interested in very old buildings or churches, Leuven is your city 😉
The main reason why I chose to follow this course is because the topic of my master thesis is hyperfine interactions. While this makes it technically obligated for me to take this course, it generally seems like a very interesting topic.
(For those who are interested, the full title of my thesis is: ‘Colinear Resonance Ionisation Spectroscopy of Neutron Deficient Tin’, and I am working in a research group which is based at CERN.)
As the information above indicates, I hope to get full knowledge of the theory from this course. This way I can write my thesis to the best of my abilities.
If you want to know a bit more about me and my future, I intend to finish my master in physics after this semester, after which I would like to do an additional master on Science Communication and Outreach, since that seems like a field which would be perfect for me. For this, I am applying to some universities in The Netherlands and the UK right now, so hopefully in a couple of months I will have some good news about that!
Looking forward to discussing hyperfine interactions with all of you!