Prof Matt J Griffin
Far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, especially developing technology and instruments for both ground-based and satellite-borne observatories. My main activity at present is as Principal Investigator for the Herschel-SPIRE instrument.
Measures of Esteem
Invited talks at international conferences since 2010
- “Herschel-SPIRE: design, in-flight performance, and scientific capabilities”, COSPAR, Bremen, July 2010
- “Investigating galaxy evolution with FIR space observatories: Herschel and beyond”, Galaxy Evolution: the Infrared to MIllimeter Wavelength Perspective, Guilin, China, Oct. 2010
- “Future FIR Spectroscopy Facilities: SPICA-SAFARA and FIRI”, Unveiling the FIR and Submillimeter Universe: Herschel, ALMA, CCAT, SPICA, and Beyond, University of California, Irvine, May 2011.
- “SPICA-SAFARI: the FIR Camera and Spectrometer for the SPICA space observatory”, China-UK/Europe Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies, Glasgow, Sept. 2011
- “Herschel SPIRE and PACS: performance and scientific highlights”, International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Tokyo, April 2012
- "The Herschel Space Observatory and Beyond", Plenary lecture, COSPAR Symposium, Bankok, Thailand, 11-15 Nov. 2013
Organisation of international conferences since 2010
- Herschel First Results Symposium (ESLAB 2010), Noordwijk, Netherlands, May 2010 (SOC)
- Herschel and the Formation of Stars and Planetary Systems, Göteborg, Sept. 2010 (SOC)
- Stormy Cosmos: The Evolving ISM from Spitzer to Herschel and Beyond, Pasadena, Nov. 2010 (SOC)
- Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescope Systems, SPIE Symposia: San Diego, 2010; Amsterdam, 2012 (Co-chair)
- Astrophysics from radio to sub-millimeter wavelengths – the Herschel view, Bologna, Feb. 2012 (SOC)
- UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI, San Diego, August 2013 (SOC)
- The Universe Explored by Herschel, Noordwijk, Oct. 2013 (SOC)
Membership of external committees since 2010:
- ESF Space Science Advisory Committee (2006-2010)
- James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Board: Member, 2010 - 2012; Chair 2011-2012
- STFC Science Board: Deputy Chair, 2010-2012; Chair, 2012 - present
- UK Space Agency Space Science Advisory Committee: 2011 - present
- Royal Society Newton Fellowships Panel: 2010 - present
- Fellow of the Institute of Physics
- Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
I teach two third-year undergraduate courses, "Physics of Semiconductor Devices" and "Electromagnetic Radiation Detection", and organise postgraduate lectures in Astronomy Instrumentation.
Deputy Head of School
Director of Research and Chair of Research Committee
Teaching Quality Officer
Member of Staff-Student Panel
I studied Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin, graduating in 1976, after which I worked in industry before doing a PhD in Astrophysics at Queen Mary College London, graduating in 1985. I remained at Queen Mary until 2001, when I joined the Astronomy Instrumentation Group at Cardiff University.
I currently supervise three Post-Doctoral Research Assistants and one research student.