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Mr Jacob Wood

Hydrogen in natural diamonds (supervisor: Simon Kohn)

My research is focused on hydrogen in natural diamonds, and attempting to shed some light onto an elusive impurity. It is well known that most natural diamonds contain hydrogen, however, the environments in which this hydrogen is contained, and the amount of it that is present, is poorly understood.

My research involves the use of a number of techniques. These include infra-red and photoluminescence spectroscopy, used to map the spatial variations of various defects through diamonds, and other techniques used to attempt to quantify hydrogen content.