Arin Mizouri

Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle

PhD Student

Email: arin.mizouri@durham.ac.uk
Tel/Ext: 0191 33 43538

Office: Ph146


Past

I moved to the UK from a semi-autonomous region called Kurdistan back in 2000. I attended Levenshulme High School in Manchester and then completed my A-levels at Parrs Wood Sixth form College. I graduated from Durham University in 2011 with a MSci. in Physics and Chemistry.

PhD research

Currently, I'm doing my PhD in the Physics department under the supervision of David Carty. We are building a moving trap Zeeman decelerator to be used to bring polar molecules to rest.

Conference talks/presentations

Science Outreach

I have been widely involved in science outreach activities since I started my PhD back in 2011. I highly enjoy being a reseach scientist and love sharing my enthusiam with the public! Here is a table summarising my activities:

 

Date

Location

Name

Description

1

Nov 2011

Palace Green, Durham

Celebrate Science

We had a pyramid MOT setup at the palace green as one of the activities of the celebrate science which happens every year. The demonstration was about laser cooling of atoms and the uses of laser cooled atoms.

2

Mar 2012

Durham biology department

Durham Schools Science Festival

Me and a couple of other PhD students organised activities to demonstrate some of the properties of light. Polarisation was demonstrated using filters. We also had the double slit experiment set up to show interference. The nature of light was discussed in general. 

3

Oct 2012

Durham Physics Department

Physics Quiz

This was a quiz session for the welcoming of the first year physics students with general knowledge questions involving physics.

4

July 2012

London

Alumni event

Update old and new Durham alumni on the latest cutting edge research in Durham Physics department to date. I represented the cold atoms and molecules group.

5

July 2012

Durham Physics

Summer school

I was a poster mentor for a group of A-level students. I presented a talk with three different subject title (measurement problem, atomic clocks, laser cooling) and guided the pupils in the research and poster making for their chosen topic.

6

Oct 2012

Palace green, Durham

Celebrate science

We ran a public engagement project called “The Quantum Workshop”, where a mobile laser tweezer experiment is used as a catalyst for discussions about quantum physics, particularly the experimental realizations, why we don’t see quantum effects in the world around us, and how we could make larger objects behave by the rules of quantum mechanics. The setup was done by James Millen from UCL.

7

Mar 2013

Durham biology department

Durham Schools Science Festival

We had a birefringence setup from teaching labs and filters to demonstrate light polarisation. We also explained the colours of sunsets and why the sky is blue using a torch and milk solution.

8

May 2013

St. Bedes School, Lanchester

Inspirational talk

I gave a talk about the research we do in Durham and concentrated on women in Durham physics and in general science in efforts to encourage the high school class of girls to take physics for their A-levels.

9

Oct 2013

Palace green, Durham

Celebrate Science

This demonstration revolved around vortexes. We demonstrated this with an airzooka, water in bottles and smoke inside bottles.  Hurricanes and Jupiter’s red spot were also discussed.

10

Nov 2013

Gala Café, Durham

Gala Café Scientific

Delivered a talk with props to share research in the group, including laser cooling, deceleration, evaporative cooling. This was done in a popular bar.

11

Mar 2014

Durham biology department

Durham Schools Science Festival

We had a birefringence setup from teaching labs and filters to demonstrate light polarisation. We also explained the colours of sunsets and why the sky is blue using a torch and milk solution.

12

May 2014

St. Bedes School, Lanchester

Inspirational talk

Invited for a second year to give a talk about the research we do in Durham and concentrated on women in Durham physics and in general science in efforts to encourage the high school class of girls to take physics for their A-levels.

 

Interests and hobbies