Hi Guys, My name is Stephen Davitt, I’m a 26-year-old physicist from Dublin Ireland. I will be hitting the road together with Claire for the month of July during which you can find us in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
I obtained my B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Physics from Dublin City University in 2013 and I’m currently working towards my PhD in laser plasma spectroscopy. My research is within the NCPST (National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology) in Dublin City University, and involves looking at the signals and colours of light that are emitted from the small explosion or ‘plasma’ which is created by hitting a target with a high-powered laser. This technique, called ’LIBS’, allows us to determine what the sample was made from, and has been used widely in areas such as the recycling of meatal and alloy to analysis of the Martian rocks. I am looking at different methods to improve LIBS performance for in-field measurements by colliding these plasmas together.
In my spare time, I like to keep active and usually train 3-4 times a week between tae kwon do and the gym, my other hobbies include swimming, and go-karting. I have a passion for sharing my love of science with others, I think people are naturally curious and science gives us the tools to fuel this curiosity. I got into science communication and outreach mainly through physics busking – a program that takes science to the public of Ireland using everyday objects to describe scientific concepts. I have been involved with physics busking for over two and a half years and have travelled across Ireland at many major events in this time.
I’m someone who loves a sense of adventure and exploring new things so naturally the chance to be part of the science bus was a huge opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up! I’ll be joined on the road by one of my best friends Claire, we met 8 years ago during our undergraduate degrees and we do a lot of science outreach together.
Hope to see you guys on the road this summer.