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Professor Peter A R Ade BSc, PhD, FRAS, CPhys, FInstP

Professor Peter A R Ade

BSc, PhD, FRAS, CPhys, FInstP

Astronomy Instrumentation Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

Overview

Admin duties

  • Various committees.
  • Oversees School workshops.

Biography

Professor Ade received his PhD from the then Queen Mary College, University of London, in 1973 (Graduate Supervisor: Professor John Bastin).  He continued his research through Research Council fellowship and PDRA positions (Mentor: Professor Peter Clegg) until being appointed as a lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield College in 1976.  Whilst at QMW, he built up a submillimetre wave instrumentation group which specialised in producing state-of-the-art instruments for use in both atmospheric and astronomical research.  He was promoted to Reader in 1986 and later to full professor in 1994.  He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society and is a chartered physicist with the Institute of Physics.

In the summer of 2001 Professor Ade relocated the Astrophysics Instrumentation Group to Cardiff to form the central part of a now significantly enlarged Astronomical Instrumentation Group.  This merger, along with significant investment in new laboratory facilities (JIF, HEFCW and University funded), has enabled Cardiff to become one of the strongest mm/submm astronomical instrumentation groups in the world.   It is developing state-of-the-art technology whilst having the capability to fully exploit the scientific data from its involvement in a wide range of front-rank experiments.

Professor Ade was awarded a NASA public service medal in 1994 for my contribution to fundamental advances in far infrared detector and sensor systems.  In addition he was presented with The Royal Astronomical Society Jackson-Gwilt Medal in 2009 for contributions to Astronomical Instrumentation.

To date, he has led or contributed to ~1000 publications.

Honours and awards

  • NASA Public Servise Medal 1994.
  • RAS Jackson-Gwilt medal 2009.
  • Invited talks at international conferences.

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  • Lenaour, C.et al. 1989. ISO/LWS: Detector status. Presented at: Third Infrared Detector Technology Workshop, 7-9 February 1989 Presented at McCreight, C. ed.Proceedings of the Third Infrared Detector Technology Workshop. NASA, Ames Research Center, USA: pp. 360-380.
  • Benattar, R.et al. 1989. Thermal Detectors As X-Ray Calorimeters: Theoretical And Experimental Results And Data Processing Techniques. Presented at: X-Ray Instrumentation in Medicine and Biology, Plasma Physics , Astrophysics, and Synchrotron Radiation :European Congress on Optics 2 (ECO2), Paris, France, 25-28 April 1989 Presented at Benattar, R. ed.X-ray instrumentation in medicine and biology, plasma physics, astrophysics, and synchrotron radiation : 25-28 April 1989, Paris, France : ECO2. Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering Vol. 1140. Bellingham, WA: Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers pp. 84., (10.1117/12.961806)

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Research interests

  • Experimental Cosmology.
  • Astronomical Instrumentation.
  • Remote sounding instrumentation.
  • Fourier Transform Spectroscopy.
  • Development of novel Filters for use from FIR to mm wavelengths.

Supervision

Experimental Post-Doctoral Research Assistants (PDRAs).