At The Forefront Of Accelerator Physics
Industry Insight Syed Haider Abidi, a 3rd year Engineering Physics student from the University of Toronto is currently halfway through a twelve-month co-op term at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. Here, he opens up about his opportunities for learning in the program.
My work is focused on superconductors — metals that have zero electrical resistance when they’re cooled to low temperatures (as low as 270°C below freezing — colder than outer space!).
These advancements will help to triple the capability of Canada to produce isotopes for research and medicine. Superconductors and superconducting accelerators are important because they use substantially less energy than the conventional technologies, helping to conserve our planet and its resources.
“Superconductors and superconducting accelerators are important because they use substantially less energy than the conventional technologies, helping to conserve our planet and its resources.”
In my studies I’m involved in everything — from running experiments to analyzing data. Through extracurricular programs I’ve had hands-on experience with equipment and technology I wouldn’t get to use anywhere else. Every day, I’m able to collaborate with scientists who are experts in their field, and through discussions with them, I’ve learned more than I could ever find in a textbook. Being out of the classroom and in the laboratory has also given me clarity towards my own career goals.
Through my lab work I will have a scientific publication and a year of relevant experience to add to my CV — I’ll also have the satisfaction of making an impact on the future of accelerator technology and contributing to world-leading science in Canada.
Syed Haider Abidi