I have recently graduated from Durham University with an integrated masters in physics. I am staying at Durham to undertake a PhD in the superconductivity group supervised by Prof. Damian Hampshire. My research will focus on the measurement and understanding of the properties of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials under strain, including the critical current density (Jc). At Durham there are facilities to perform these measurements in high magnetic fields, up to 15 T. The aim of this research is to better understand how HTS materials could be developed with high enough Jc and upper critical field (Bc2) to be used in the magnets of future fusion tokamaks (eg STEP: https://www.gov.uk/government/
news/west-burton-selected-as- home-of-step-fusion-plant), in place of the low temperature superconductors (LTS) used in ITER.