Professor Matt J Griffin

Professor Matt J Griffin

Head of School, Physics and Astronomy

School of Physics and Astronomy

Email:
matt.griffin@astro.cf.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4203
Location:
N/1.06, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
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I am Head of the Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy.

I am a member of the Astronomy Instrumentation Group, with many years experience in far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, both ground-based and space-borne.

I studied Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin, graduating in 1976, after which I worked in industry before doing an MSc in Astrophsyics and subsequently a PhD in Astrophysics at Queen Mary College London, graduating in 1985. I remained at Queen Mary until 2001, when I joined the Astronomy Instrumentation Group at Cardiff University.

Honours and awards

  • Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award: SCUBA Team, 2009
  • Arthur C Clarke Individual Achievement Award, UK Space Conference, 2010
  • French Association for Aeronautics and Astronautics Grand Prix award to Herschel/Planck Team, 2010
  • Royal Astronomical Society Jackson-Gwilt medal, 2011
  • Arthur C Clarke Academic Study/Research Achievement Award: Herschel-SPIRE Team, UK Space Conference, 2013
  • Royal Astronomical Society, Group Achievement Award: Herschel-SPIRE Team, 2014

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Member of the Royal Astronomical Society

Speaking engagements

  • "The Herschel Space Observatory and Beyond", Plenary lecture, COSPAR Symposium, Bankok, Thailand, 11-15 Nov. 2013
  • “Herschel SPIRE and PACS: performance and scientific highlights”, International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Tokyo, April 2012
  • “SPICA-SAFARI: the FIR Camera and Spectrometer for the SPICA space observatory”, China-UK/Europe Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies, Glasgow, Sept. 2011
  • “Future FIR Spectroscopy Facilities: SPICA-SAFARA and FIRI”, Unveiling the FIR and Submillimeter Universe: Herschel, ALMA, CCAT, SPICA, and Beyond, University of California, Irvine, May 2011.
  • “Investigating galaxy evolution with FIR space observatories: Herschel and beyond”, Galaxy Evolution: the Infrared to MIllimeter Wavelength Perspective, Guilin, China, Oct. 2010
  • “Herschel-SPIRE: design, in-flight performance, and scientific capabilities”, COSPAR, Bremen, July 2010

  • Numerous public talks on astronomy and technology, popular articles, newspaper/magazine interviews, and appearances on TV and radio

Committees and reviewing

Currently: 

  • Member of the RCUK Individual Merit Promotion Scheme Panel
  • Editorial Board for the Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Member of SRON, Netherlands, external evaluation committee

Previously I have served on many RCUK peer review and policy-making committees, including the JCMT Board (as chair), STFC Science Board (as chair), the European Space Agency Science Programme Committee (UK delegate), and on European panels including the European Space Science Advisory Committee and the European Union FP-7 Science Advisory Group. I have also served on several national and international research evaluation panels including for Universities and agencies in France, Sweden, Ireland, and the USA.

I am currently module organiser for the first-year core course "Electricity, Magnetism and Waves", and participate in teaching the fourth-year course "Instrumentation for Astronomy" as well as delivering postgraduate lectures in Astronomy Instrumentation. In recent years I have also taught "The Physics of Semiconductor Devices", "Electromagnetic Radiation Detection", and "The Sun and Stars"

Far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, especially developing technology and instruments for both ground-based and satellite-borne observatories.

Recent and present activities include:

  • Principal Investigator for the Herschel-SPIRE instrument
  • Coordinator of the SPACEKIDS FP-7 project
  • Co-I on FP-7 projects HELP (Herschel-related extragalactic astronomy) and FISICA (FIR interferometry technology development)
  • Co-I on BETTII (balloon-borne FIR interferometry pathfinder)
  • UK Co-PI for the ARIEL exoplanet characterisation mission proposed for the ESA M4 mission
  • UK Spokesperson for the SPICA-SAFARI instrument instrument consortium (SPICA proposed for the ESA M5 mission) 

I currently co-supervise one PhD student working on observational star formation.

Past projects

Previously I have supervised students working on both astronomical instrumentation and star formation.