My main activity is developing millimetre wave (mmw) sensors for research instrumentation, bringing novelty in design for commercial exploitation in the aerospace and security sectors. Recent innovations are mmw quantum technologies of the second kind (exploiting entangled states) and investigating medical applications associated with the human skin.
In 2012 I joined the ‘Imaging and Sensing’ group at the Manchester Metropolitan University as a Reader, to research mmw polarimetric radar and radiometric imagers, and develop and teach an undergraduate BSc physics course. Prior to this I was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester putting together and teaching the ‘Radio Imaging and Sensing’ MSc course.
From 1994 to 2001 working with UK universities and defence contractors I pioneered all-weather imagers for air, sea and land platforms at DRA/DERA (UK MOD agencies) becoming a Principal Scientific Officer. QinetiQ emerged from the privatisation where I remained until 2011, a QinetiQ Fellow, developing near-field mmw aperture synthesis concepts for next generation imagers and scene simulation software to market capabilities. A 2-year Royal Society Industry Fellowship to Manchester University enable me to demonstrated proof-of-concept aperture synthesis imagers.
Between 1984 and 1990 I developed mmw diagnostics to demonstrate how major tokamak fusion plasma instabilities evolve at JET, gaining a PhD from Imperial College Plasma Physics group. In the following 4-years at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, I developed a suite of mmw diagnostics to study temperature phenomena for the then newly built ASDEX-Upgrade tokamak.
During 1978-81 I completed a first degree in Physics with Astrophysics at Leeds University, the following year taking an MSc in Lasers and their Applications from Essex University, enabling me to develop optical and acoustic technology for defence at Plessey Electronics Systems Research (now Roke Manor Research).