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Astronomy Instrumentation PhD

Cardiff University

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN, JUL, OCT

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Astronomy Instrumentation is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (PhD).

Overview

The Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) has a reputation for not only developing world-leading enabling technology but in translating these developments into state-of-the-art instrument design to fulfil current scientific needs. This is evidenced by our considerable involvement in virtually all FIR space instruments, including the Herschel (Cardiff is PI institute for the SPIRE instrument) and Planck space telescopes. The AIG comprises 7 academic staff, 9 post-doctoral research associates and 6 PhD students, supported by highly skilled cleanroom, cryogenic and electronic technicians and computer engineers.

The AIG was a major contributor to both the Herschel and Planck space satellites and the Cardiff Astrophysics group continues to work on the exciting data that these two instruments are generating. Professor Matt Griffin is the Principle Investigator for the SPIRE Instrument on Herschel and all three Herschel instruments rely on unique Cardiff AIG optical technology for their operation. Cardiff also plays a major role in the Planck-HFI instrument, by way of Co-Investigator Professor Peter Ade.

The group is headed by Professor Walter Gear, who is also a Co-Investigator on the Herschel project and was Principle investigator on the QUaD CMB polarization experiment and the SCUBA camera on the JCMT in Hawaii.

Distinctive features

The AIG has well supported laboratories, engineering workshop and cleanroom facilities as well as excellent computing facilities for all related research.

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    30th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 49 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    145 63%

    29th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    25th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%

    29th

    7

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