Future infrared filter concepts for international space research
01 November 2012
The Infrared Multilayer Laboratory is pleased to announce that Timothy Threadgold has joined the group as a postgraduate research student.
Tim's research, titled 'Future infrared filter concepts for international space research', is aimed at the development of a new class of infrared thin-film optical filter for remote-sensing instruments on board future planetary space probes for astronomy and atmospheric physics. The objectives are to build upon recent advances in micro- and nano-fabrication technology to investigate, design and develop a series of interference surface structures that demonstrate new and unusual properties when exposed to light. These new optical phenomena will be harnessed to produce new filter designs with infrared wavelength responses that are currently unachievable using existing optical interference coating technology. The project will involve theoretical modelling, numerical simulation and the development of filter design software.