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Antoine Pingault

I’m Antoine, a young 29 years old French expat. I grew up at the feet of the Alps in Grenoble. Then I decided to leave my cherished mountains for some flatter and rainier lands. I first lived for a couple of years in Ghent and loved the city and its canals. Together with my girlfriend, we have since moved to the Belgian capital where we are now enjoying the cosmopolitan city (and its cafe near the kanaal).
I’ve studied nuclear and particle physics at the University. Before that, I already liked to tinker with and dismantle all sort of objects especially the internals of computers and other electronic devices. This led me to start a PhD in experimental particle physics where I can combine these skills and knowledge.
 

Who are you?

I’m Antoine, a young 29 years old French expat. I grew up at the feet of the Alps in Grenoble. Then I decided to leave my cherished mountains for some flatter and rainier lands. I first lived for a couple of years in Ghent and loved the city and its canals. Together with my girlfriend, we have since moved to the Belgian capital where we are now enjoying the cosmopolitan city (and its cafe near the kanaal).
I’ve studied nuclear and particle physics at the University. Before that, I already liked to tinker with and dismantle all sort of objects especially the internals of computers and other electronic devices. This led me to start a PhD in experimental particle physics where I can combine these skills and knowledge.  

On which project are you currently working on?

Most of my time is devoted to finishing my PhD in particle physics. My project? the Research and Development of gaseous particle detectors. Those detectors are devices we fill with a chosen gas mixture and apply high voltages to them (1000’s to 10000’s of Volts).
Sparing you a lot of details and thanks to the beauty of physics this gives us the ability to detect and study tiny particles such as electrons, muons or protons (and a sea of others) and how they interact with their environment. Besides fundamental research, we also use these detectors to image the insides of objects…such as yourself when you go for an MRI or X-Rays, but also volcanoes to monitor their activity or even pyramids (Is there hidden rooms?!).
Now that I am near the end of this project, most of my work consists in typing words on my keyboard. The cosy coworking space of Le Phare is the perfect setup for this.  

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Hiking, though not that much anymore given the mountain ranges near Brussels. Instead, I like to explore the city and its surrounding by walking or cycling randomly. Whenever I get the chance I love to do the same in other countries/cities.  

Song you would like to make us discover?

A song from a small French group Technologic by Daft Punk 😉  

A quote, a poem, an advice, which follows you everywhere?

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. – Richard P. Feynman  

How do you feel at Le Phare?

Since I tend to spend as much time at Le Phare than my own apartment I kind of feel at home here. The cosy atmosphere, smiling and friendly people! Also the good selection of coffee and tea (…and sweets) and of course the amazing cuisine definitely helps! I also enjoy the mood bonus whenever I see a péniche/barge passing along the canal, always a calm and relaxing moment.
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