Richard Smith

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'Richard Smith' Electronic engineer, specialities: optics, microscopy, femtoseconds lasers, ps ultrasonics. I completed my PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2006 at the UoN. My early work focused on optical metrology and signal processing techniques to enable precise measurements to be made below the optical diffraction limit. I have been developing several picosecond ultrasonic systems at UoN, and have successfully developed a parallel detection scheme that has increased the data acquisition rate by over an order of magnitude compared with the traditional detector approach. Current research themes are developing instrumentation to provide true orientation imaging of material microstructure in primarily aerospace materials, and developing high frequency ultrasonic transducers for biological applications

Location: Tower Building – Applied optics office Room 202 or Ultrafast lab room 304, Pharmacy Building – SIOS, ASOPS lab


Phone: (0115) 84-67892 (office) or 95-15606 (lab)


Winner of best contributed paper at the Rank Prize Funds mini symposia on 'optical aspects of NDT' 19-22nd May 2008, for my talk entitled ‘Parallel ultrafast ultrasonics’.