Transfer from Cardiff Rollling Grant (PP/D001048/1)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


As (PP/D001048/1)


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Description This grant has set the foundations to a number of technological innovations primarily aimed at making better, more sensitive astronomical instruments. The main ideas developed are: 1) bolometric interferometry; 2)Cryogenic systems for 300mK to 100mK bolometric systems; 3)microwave techniques in thermal detectors.
Exploitation Route Cryogenic techniques at sub-K temperatures are used in a large variety of instrumentation, from particle physics to medicine. Bolometric interferometry might be a cost effective way to make imaging systems at mm and sub-mm systems without using large optics with many applications in the larger economy like, for example, airport security.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Education,Electronics,Security and Diplomacy,Transport

Description Bolometric interferometry ideas, first developed by Prof. L. Piccirillo, have been further developed by NASA grant at University of Wisconsin to propose a CMB satellite. In France, the idea has been used to fund a novel instrument (QUBIC) to be installed in Antarctica.
Sector Education,Electronics
Impact Types Societal

Title Miniature refrigerators for astrophysics 
Description We developed novel sub-K refrigerators to be used in astrophysics research 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Generated interest in many other research groups in the world willing to collaborate with us. It ius a very cost effective way to participate in international collaborations 
Title Remote Cryogenic Thermometry Readout 
Description We have developed a data handling software for remotely control cryogenic receivers on remote telescopes (e.g. Antarctica() 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact System has been developed by industry (QMC Instruments) for commercial applications 
Description Cambridge 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design of cryogenics and optics for the CLOVER project
Collaborator Contribution TES detector development
Impact Several publications on CLOVER technology
Description Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Partner in the CLOVER project - we contributed the cryogenics, optics and electronics.
Collaborator Contribution RF design
Impact Several publications on CLOVER technology development