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Professor Carole Tucker BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor Carole Tucker

BSc, MSc, PhD

Astronomy Instrumentation Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

Email:
carole.tucker@astro.cf.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4144
Location:
N/0.43, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
  • Deputy Head of School
  • Director of Learning and Teaching (Chair and membership of a number of associated College and School committees)
  • Member of Innovation System Steering Group

I graduated with a BSc. in Physics with Maths from Reading University in 1991.  Then I moved to Queen Mary and Westfield college (QMW) at the University of London, where I gained an MSc. in (Medical) Radiation Physics and then a PhD in Spectroscopy and Solid State Physics. I took my first PDRA position with the Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) at QMW and then to Cardiff University in 2001, working on the Herschel and Planck Space Telescopes.I became a member of Academic staff at Cardiff in 2005, Deputy Head of the School in 2012 and Professor in 2014.  My research work is centred within the AIG (in the fields of FIR quasi optics and spectroscopy).  This activity is largely funded through the STFC and a number of external contracts.  I also extend the world-leading AIG technology to biophysics fields for which I have held 2 EPSRC awards.

Honours and awards

Membership of external committees

  • STFC IPS panel member since 2013
  • Learned Societies
    • Member of Institute of Physics
    • Member of Royal Astronomical Society

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  • Bowey, J. E.et al. 2000. 16-80 μm Spectra of Crystalline Silicates at 4 K, ~ 80 K and 295 K. Presented at: ISO beyond the Peaks, Villafranca del Castillo, Spain, 2-4 February 2000ISO Beyond the Peaks: Proceedings of the Second ISO Workshop on Analytical Spectroscopy : ISO Data Centre, Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain, 2-4 February 2000. ESASP Vol. 456. Paris: European Space Agency pp. 339-342.

In addition to being the Director of Learning and Teaching for the School, my teaching duties are:

  • Module organiser for PX1123 and PX1223, the first year undergraduate laboratory modules;
  • Module organiser for PX4125, Astronomy Instrumentation;
  • Deputy module organizer for preliminary year courses PX0202, PX0203;

Research interests

My research is centred in the Astronomy Instrumentation Group, but includes application of these technologies to biophysics and medical drivers. Consequently my work is funded through STFC, EPSRC and contractual awards which include the following.

  • Development and production of quasi-optical filters for FIR and submillimeter (THz) applications.
  • Fourier transform spectroscopy from sub-THz to MIR.
  • Development of imaging FTS techniques for application in astronomy and biophysics.
  • THz spectroscopy of protein structures, DNA and tissues and spectral characterization of cancer.

Supervision

My research is centred in the Astronomy Instrumentation Group, but includes application of these technologies to biophysics and medical drivers. Consequently my work is funded through STFC, EPSRC and contractual awards which include the following.

  • Development and production of quasi-optical filters for FIR and submillimeter (THz) applications.
  • Fourier transform spectroscopy from sub-THz to MIR.
  • Development of imaging FTS techniques for application in astronomy and biophysics.
  • THz spectroscopy of protein structures, DNA and tissues and spectral characterization of cancer.