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Dr Chris North

Dr Chris North

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Ogden Science Lecturer, STFC Public Engagement Fellow

Ysgol Ffiseg a Seryddiaeth

Email:
chris.north@astro.cf.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0537
Location:
N/3.20, Adeiladau'r Frenhines - Adeilad y Gogledd, 5 The Parade, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd, CF24 3AA
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I am the Ogden Science Lecturer for Cardiff University, working with the Ogden Trust to encourage take-up of physics at school and University. I also hold an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship, focussing on Gravitational Wave research.

I have experience of speaking about a very wide range of astronomy, and am happy to speak about almost anything in the field of astronomy.

Read more about my outreach activities on my personal blog and the Cardiff Physics Outreach blog.

Academic duties

  • I am the admissions tutor for the School's undergraduate degree programmes.
  • I hold an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship entitled "Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy"
  • I am the Cardiff University Ogden Science Lecturer, partly-funded by the Ogden Trust
  • I coordinate many of the school engagement activities for the School of Physics and Astronomy.
  • I present "Pythagorean Astronomy" the monthly astronomy item on Pythagoras' Trousers, a science and engineering show and podcast for Radio Cardiff.
  • I am on the advisory group for the IOP Schools Outreach Support Network.

Professional bodies accreditation/membership

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of Institute of Physics (MInstP)
  • (Ordinary) Member of the IOP Wales Regional Branch Committee
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS)
  • 2016-present: Ogden Science Lecturer, STFC Public Engagement Fellow, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014-2016: Lecturer and Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2013-2016: Community Engagement Coordinator, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2008-2016: PDRA, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2007-2014: Astronomy Researcher and co-presenter, BBC Sky at Night
  • 2005-2008: DPhil, University of Oxford
  • 2001-2005: BA, MSci, University of Cambridge

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Institute of Physics

2019

2018

2017

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • North, C. E., Lowe, S. and Simpson, R. J. 2010. Herschel, Planck, and Chromoscope: interactive outreach activities in the UK. Presented at: Science education and outreach : forging a path to the future, Milbrae, CA, USA, 12-16 September 2009 Presented at Barnes, J. et al. eds.Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future. Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference series Vol. 431. San Francisco, CA: Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) pp. 174-179.
  • Grainger, W. F.et al. 2010. Thermal architecture for the Clover cryostats. Presented at: Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes and Instrumentation, San Diego, CA, USA, 27 June-2 July 2010 Presented at Atad-Ettedgui, E. and Lemke, D. eds.Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation (Proceedings Volume): 27 June 2010, San Diego, California, USA. Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7739. Bellingham, WA: SPIE pp. 773916., (10.1117/12.858022)

2009

2008

  • Yassin, G.et al. 2008. Waveguide-to-planar circuit transition for millimetre-wave detectors. Electronics letters 44(14), pp. 866-867. (10.1049/el:20081383)
  • Audley, M. D.et al. 2008. Microstrip-coupled TES bolometers for CLOVER. Presented at: 19th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Groningen, The Netherlands, 28-30 April 2008 Presented at Wild, W. ed.Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Groningen, The Netherlands, April 28-30 2008. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology pp. 143-151.
  • Piccirillo, L.et al. 2008. The CℓOVER experiment. Presented at: Millimeter and submillimeter detectors and instrumentation for astronomy IV, Marseille, France, 26-28 June 2008 Presented at Duncan, W. D. et al. eds.Millimeter and submillimeter detectors and instrumentation for astronomy IV : 26-28 June 2008, Marseille, France. Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7020. Bellingham, WA: SPIE pp. 70201E., (10.1117/12.788927)
  • North, C. E.et al. 2008. Dielectric constant reduction using porous substrates in finline millimetre and submillimetre detectors. Presented at: Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, Marseille, France, 26-28 June 2008 Presented at Duncan, W. D. et al. eds.Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV (Proceedings Volume): 26-28 June 2008, Marseille, France. Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7020. Bellingham, WA: SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering pp. G202., (10.1117/12.788479)
  • Audley, M. D.et al. 2008. Performance of microstrip-coupled TES bolometers with finline transitions. Presented at: Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, Marseilles, France, 26-28 June 2008 Presented at Duncan, W. D. et al. eds.Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV (Proceedings Volume): 26-28 June 2008, Marseille, France. Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7020. Bellingham, WA: SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering pp. M200., (10.1117/12.789076)

2007

  • Audley, M. D.et al. 2007. Tests of finline-coupled TES bolometers for ClOVER. Presented at: Joint 32nd International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 2007 and the 2007 15th International Conference on Terahertz Electronics. IRMMW-THz., Cardiff, UK, 2-9 September 2007 Presented at Griffin, M. J. and Parker, T. eds.Joint 32nd International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 2007 and the 2007 15th International Conference on Terahertz Electronics. IRMMW-THz.. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE pp. 180-181.

2006

  • Grimes, P. K.et al. 2006. Investigation of planar switches for large format CMB polarization instruments. Presented at: Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III, Orlando, FL, USA, 29-31 May 2006 Presented at Zmuidzinas, S. et al. eds.Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III (Proceedings Volume): 29 May 2006, Orlando, FL, USA. Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 6275. Bellingham, WA: SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering pp. 27525., (10.1117/12.671151)
  • Deputy Module Organiser for Engaging Physics
  • Guest lecturer for 1st year Planets and Exoplanets
  • Guest lecturer for 2nd year Synoptic Physics
  • BSc Project Supervisor: Bringing Astronomy into the Classroom
  • MPhys Project co-supervisor: Super-resolution observations with Herschel

My astronomy research focuses on the SPIRE instrument onboard the Herschel Space Observatory, which observes far-infrared and submillimetre light from gas and dust in our galaxy and beyond. My specific work is relating to the calibration of the instrument, ensuring that the data produced is as accurate as possible.

As well as scientific research, I am involved with outreach relating to the Herschel Space Observatory and the Planck Satellite, as well as Gravitational Physics group.

I am a member of the team behind popular online astronomy websites such as Chromoscope, Design a Space Telescope, Multiwavelength Universe and the CMB Simulator.

Read more about my outreach activities on my personal blog and the Cardiff Physics Outreach blog.