To start with I offer my sincerest gratitude to my supervisor, Dr Mike Thomas, that has supported me thoughout my thesis together with his persistence and understanding although allowing me the location to operate within my own way. I attribute the amount of my Masters degree to his encouragement and and without him this thesis, too, will not happen to be finished or written. One simply couldn’t want a better or friendlier supervisor.
Within the various laboratories and workshops I’ve been aided for quite a while in running the tools by Keith Manley, an excellent specialist who stored me in sample holders and liquid helium against all odds. The elegant running within the Mössbauer laboratory is a lot more proof of his efforts than my very own, personal. Simon Situation and Gaby Milford helped tutor me within the more esoteric methods essential to run Mössbauer spectrometers and the ways to analyse the information from their site. Dr Jon Goff gave helpful guidance in utilizing the SQUID magnetometer together with Pascale Deen, and her ingenious sample holder construction. Furthermore to keeping me stocked with general supplies, Peter Davenport has in addition unintentionally, and without fail, provided something much greater within the years I have known him: a genial smile along with a hello each time we met.
Drs Ward and Wells have gave me the Laves Phase MBE samples covered during this thesis furthermore to numerous more, with consistent quality. Professor Bowden has offered much advice and insight throughout my focus on Laves Phase systems. Drs F. Schedin, P. Morrel and G. Thornton provided the magnetite thin films I studied.
Within my daily work I’ve been fortunate getting an agreeable and cheerful volume of fellow students.
Pascale Deen, furthermore to SQUID information, provides good arguments about Physics theory and taught me to be return some form of fitness: healthy body, healthy mind. Adina Toader frequently ensured nobody starved and Simon Lee ensured nobody went thirsty (or sober). Tarek (Taz) Nouar stored us entertained together with his huge repertoire of anecdotes and tales. Mark Gallagher amused us together with his dry wit along with a great no-nonsense Christmas shindig (and did an admirable job when attempting to kill me with snakebite and black). Stuart Medway is a good companion by getting a normally exhausting and disappointing experiment in Grenoble although he did once explain the main among League and Union rugby I have to confess to possess forgotten every word since. Matt Ball has gotten the fantastic elegance to pester me much under average with computer questions and pulls a great pint within the Cambridge. Jonathan Pearce taught me to be get on the path to L A TE X and provided a skilled ear inside my doubts about writing a thesis. Peter Normile has fascinated me together with his ability to interrupt computers but has in addition given me detailed discussions on physics theory plus a handful of good laughs. Often I’ve learnt much from these kinds of him! Angela Beesely has impressed me together with her readiness to know to utilize both computers I setup along with the finer points of running the Mössbauer lab, that individuals now think are within their capable hands.
She also stored me within my theoretical toes together with her Mössbauer questions.
Beyond Physics (which sometimes came out to obtain only a remote dream) Andrew Sardines can be a companiable housemate for quite a while furthermore with a friend and will be offering the highest quality within the housemate: not driving me inside the wall too frequently! Simon Lee remains a tremendous help in overtaking notebook systems from me and sometimes could counter my introversion while using the periodic sneaky one inch the Cambridge (this as an approximation that merely holds for giant values of `one’). His readiness to assist individuals and make certain everybody provides extensive fun is just matched by his readiness to exhibit his behind at almost anybody. Thanks also visit the other (million roughly) residents at 8, Church Road, for living without their loved ones room for almost any month. Gillian Howden has brightened many a regular lunchtime.
Kira Brown, furthermore to basically teaching me everything I recognize about unix, has frequently needed to deal with the brunt of my frustration and rages on the planet and recalcitrant spectrometers with equanimity and friendship. She also (eventually!) sourced us a great workstation which most of the job remains done on. I’m as well as in financial difficulties for the numerous numerous contributors for that “Open Source” programming community for providing the equipment and systems I have attempted personally to create both my results which thesis. The whole of my thesis remains completed using such technologies i in a few days it to possess been a massive benefit. Thanks chaps, continue the fantastic work.
The Department of Physics provides the support and equipment I’ve required to create and handle my thesis along with the EPSRC has funded my studies.
Finally, I thank my parents for supporting me throughout my studies in school, moving my vast collections of “stuff” across almost all Liverpool as well as for supplying a the place to find accomplish my writing up.
Dr John Bland, 15/03/2003