Engineering Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields

Tuesday 20 November 2012, 1.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Steve Chappell, Business Group Manager – Consultancy, Oxford Instruments

Physics research continues to demand low temperature and high magnetic field environments with ever more challenging constraints on application performance and measurement integration. A selection of current projects at the limits of superconductor and cryogenic engineering will be presented with particular focus on two examples: A high field compact tokamak using novel conductors and;  quantum computing with multi-coherent electron spins. The talk will be a liberal mix of physics, technology and engineering.
From Nuclear Sausages via Sushi and Chips to Extreme Environments:
Steve owes his education in Physics to York which turned his A-level D into first class honours in 1992, Stott Prize and DPhil in Nuclear Physics in 1995. After York, he moved to Oxford University and continued his work on alpha clustering resonances until 1999 when his interest in programming FPGAs for data acquisition led him to join a technology start-up developing software for high performance embedded hardware design. Following successful IPO in 2005 he moved to Japan as regional head of the business providing software and services for custom video and DSP chip design. Despite acquiring a commercial focus along the way, he likes to think that some of his work as a Chartered Engineer lives on as technology DNA somewhere in parallel computing architectures. After sale of the company he returned to the UK in 2009 to work for Oxford Instruments, where he manages a growing consultancy business providing solutions to established research institutions and industrial ventures.

Location: P/T111