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Dr Emily Williams

Instrument Development Scientis, RAL Space

Research Topic: Superconducting Far-Infrared Detectors for Space
Quantum Sensors Group

I am a final-year PhD student in the Quantum Sensors Group in the Department of Physics. My research focusses on the development of superconducting ultra-low-noise Transition Edge Sensors for space telescope and satellite applications. Transition Edge Sensors (TESs) use the strongly temperature-dependent resistance of a superconducting film biased on its transition to detect energy and power with exceptional sensitivity. During my PhD, I have so far published three papers, two as first author, and have presented at a major conference and an international consortium meeting. I have experience in demonstrating programming in Python and Matlab to undergraduate students, and have designed and delivered a practical on Arduino and Raspberry Pi for NanoDTC MRes students. I enjoy science communication and have volunteered at the Royal Society Summer Science Festival, Cambridge Science Festival and BlueDot Festival. PhD Supervisors: Prof. Stafford Withington – Department of Physics

Research Keywords: Cryogenic Techniques, Lithography Mask Design, Scientific Computing