Will Campbell

  • PhD student
  • CDM & EQUS
  • University of Western Australia
  • Road-tripping Bendigo to Adelaide

What do you do?

My work involves looking at certain crystals, which vibrate at specific tones, much like a guitar string vibrates to make sound.  We analyse this vibration to see whether any cool and interesting new particles are interacting with it, such as dark matter or gravitational waves.

How did you get to where you are today?

I always wanted to be an engineer and studied the required maths and physics to get into engineering.  Slowly along the journey I fell in love with physics and the deeper understanding that comes with studying it.  Also the people in physics are all great.

What’s the best thing about your role?

The best thing about my role is being a small part of the cutting-edge developments that will shape the next generation of technology in the world; it’s always inspiring and never dull.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying physics?

If you’re currently studying physics or science, find out which part you enjoy the most and stick with it, it only ever gets more interesting and more fun as you delve further into it.

What do you enjoy doing besides physics?

Outside of physics, I love playing and watching AFL as well as playing a bit of music here and there.

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