Research interests:

My research involves the development of cheap, miniaturised gravity sensors that could be used for monitoring volcanos (amongst other applications).

Career history:

Building a Miniature Relative Ultra-Sensitive Gravity Imaging Device: PhD thesis, supervised by Dr Giles Hammond & Prof. Douglas Paul, October 2012 June 2016 (Viva in August 2016)
Graduation with 2:1 MSci Physics and Astronomy: June 2012

Active research projects:

I have developed a micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) gravity sensor in the Institute for Gravitational Research (IGR) and the
JamesWatt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC). This sensor uses a mass supported on microscopic silicon springs to reconstruct images
of the ground below us via changes in gravitational attraction. Gravimetry has been used extensively in the oil and gas industries
but its use in environmental monitoring has been limited by the high cost and large size of commercial gravimeters. Given their
small size and cost, networks of MEMS gravimeters could – amongst other applications – be used to observe magma moving under
volcanoes before eruptions. I was a key contributor to the initial conceptual design of the sensor, personally fabricated every one,
and designed and tested the high precision optical sensor that is required to measure the motion of the springs. The device is the first
of its kind to measure Earth tides (the motion of the Earth’s crust caused by the relative phase of the Sun, Moon, Earth system). The
work has recently become an important theme within the $27 Million Quantum Hub for Imaging and Sensing (QuantIC). This body
of six universities and over fifty companies has been tasked by the government to develop quantum technologies that will benefit the
UK economy.

Recent publications: