Up Close with Lenaic Couedel
Lenaic Couedel is
a French student, from Nantes, a big city near the west coast of France.
He is in his first year of Master of Physics (note: equivalent to honours
in Australia) at the Universit é Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France,
in the Alps). He took up an internship here at CPL as part of the French
requirements in validating his diploma. He chose to study complex plasma
at CPL because of his major interest in the area of plasma physics.
Lenaic Couedel, our French exchange student,
will unfortunately be leaving CPL (hopefully only temporarily) on this
friday due to his completion of his project. I took up the opportunity
to an interview with him before his departure.
L: Lenaic Couedel
morning Lenaic. Wow! I cannot believe that you have been here for 4 months
can't believe it either. It seems like I just arrived yesterday.
how was life for you in Sydney during the last 4 months? Did you enjoy
being in Sydney?
in Sydney was very good. It is supposed to be winter now in Sydney but
it feels like spring in France (note: 12 °C outside according to
our School of Physics
live weather data). Moreover, Sydney is a beautiful city and I find
Australians to be very nice people
did you visit many places while you were in Australia?
New South Wales, I visited many areas around Sydney including the city
Orange. In Victoria, I visited Melbourne just last month and I went
to the famous Great Ocean Road. After this week in August, I am planning
to travel through the Northern Territorries.
you must visit the Ayers Rock and try out some of the local produces while
you are there. By the way, did you miss your French cuisine while in Australia?
L: A LOT!
It's difficult to find good food in Australia especially cheese.
It's not that bad, is it? Now seriously, over the past four months, you
have worked extremely hard and produced alot of impressive results and
outcomes from your project. Can you tell us some of your achievements/challenges
while you were at CPL?
L: I showed
that the particle charges have a great influence on the behaviour of
two vertically aligned dust particle system in the plasma sheath. I
showed that the force between the two particles depends a lot of the
plasma environment such as ion wake. The results will be published in
an article which I have just finished written up. I regreted the fact
I haven't enough time to achieve a good model able to explain properly
experimental data. If only I had more time...
did you enjoy the most while working in CPL?
the people in the CPL are very nice. The atmosphere is very good. Lot
of useful discussions, seminars.... It is the perfect environment for
me to work efficiently.
suggestions/improvements you would like to see in CPL?
L: I would
like to promote the use of GNU/Linux on all CPL computers.
rolled backwards) Errr.. and from your point of view, what do you see
in the study of complex plasma?
L: I think
it is a powerful tool for plasma diagnostics and promises future improvements
in plasma technologies
an exchange student point of view, what do you see as being some of the
advantages in your exchange program?
L: I get
to learn another language and to work as a group.
do you think our readers will get to see you again in the near future,
L: I am
currently applying for my PhD in the French-Australian Cotutelle program,
we are hoping to see you soon! All the best of luck.