The group

Below are short bios of all the members of the millimetre wave & EPR group.

Dr Graham Smith

Graham Smith obtained a BSc(Hons) in theoretical physics from York University and an MSc in laser physics and optoelectronics from the University of St Andrews before studying for a PhD in millimetre wave instrumentation with the mm-wave group at St Andrews . His thesis focused on Gunn diodes for mm-wave applications. As a post-doc with the mm-wave group he undertook various projects involving state-of-the-art mm-wave instrumentation. In 1995 he developed a high performance quasi-optical high-field EPR spectrometer and this area has dominated his research interests since. In 1998 he was appointed as a lecturer at St Andrews and was also awarded an EPSRC advanced fellowship to work on high-field EPR detection using force detection methods. He is currently the manager of the EPSRC high-field ESR facility.

Tel: +44 (0) 1334 462669

Email: gms at st-andrews . ac . uk

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Samiur Rahman

Samiur Rahman obtained an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2010. During his MSc, he did his thesis project on Ultra-Wideband Low Frequency Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging. He recently obtained his PhD degree from the University College London (UCL), UK. During his PhD, he was involved with the Antarctic Ice Shelf study with UHF band FMCW Radar project, which was a joint collaboration between the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and UCL. He developed various signal processing algorithms to profile and image Antarctic Ice Shelf basal layers. He has worked with Phased Array Imaging, MIMO Imaging and SAR Imaging during this period. In 2015-16, he also worked as a Consultant Engineer for Guidance Automation, UK, for 6 months where he developed target detection and tracking algorithm for level-crossing by using 24 GHz radar. He has joined the University of St Andrews in August 2016 as a PDRA to work on a project to detect small UAVs by using mm-wave radar with Dr Duncan Robertson.

Tel: +44 (0)1334 463155

Email: sr206 at st-andrews . ac . uk

Dr Hassane El Mkami

Hassane El Mkami spent over 6 years at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Condensed Matter at the University of Montpellier II in France where he prepared a PhD in theoretical, physical and analytical chemistry. He has also spent a year teaching in High School in Morocco . He joined the group in 2001 as Manager of  UK High Field EPR facility (90-300GHz) till 2004. Actually he is the application manager on Basic Technolgy Projet (HIPER) and he is conducting different research projects in collaboration with Dundee and St-Andrews universities. His main research interests are EPR, Pulse EPR Spectroscopy, Site Directed Spin labelling, Metal Organic Framework, Zeolites, Mineral compounds (Leucophanite,..).

Tel: +44 (0) 1334 463159

Email: hem2 at st-andrews . ac . uk

Dr Robert Hunter

Robert Hunter obtained an MSci(Hons) in physics from St Andrews in 2000, which included a research project on the transmission and detection of covert signals with the mm-wave group. In 2004 he completed a PhD thesis on the properties and suitability of various materials for use in the construction of non-reciprocal quasi-optical devices. Since completing his PhD, Robert has worked within the group on various projects within the field of magnetic resonance, including a high profile project to design and build a 94GHz DNP spectrometer based around an innovative dual centre magnet. Robert is also involved in the ongoing upgrades to the HiPER 94GHz high-power pulsed EPR spectrometer and he is currently working on a commercial project to supply a copy of this spectrometer to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. Robert's research interests include the design and utilisation of quasi-optical systems for magnetic resonance applications.

Tel: +44 (0)1334 463156

Email: rih1 at st-andrews . ac . uk

Dr David Macfarlane

David Macfarlane is a Senior Research Fellow who obtained an MSci (Hons) in Theoretical Physics from the University of St Andrews in 1999. He then joined the group and developed a close-range rotary-scanned passive mm-wave imager at 94GHz for his PhD, completed in 2002.  Continuing as a PDRA with the group his research has concentrated on the design, development, build and deployment of a variety of millimetre wave radars including AVTIS (94GHz radar/radiometer for monitoring of the Montserrat lava dome), SAFIRE (94Ghz real-time exhibition radar for our EPSRC public outreach programme "Vision for the Future") and most recently  CONSORTIS (340 Ghz real time high resolution airport security radar).  His work has also included advanced radar concepts for security, field trials for helicopter landing guidance radar, real-time radar sensing and tracking of sea waves from boats.


Tel: +44 (0) 1334 461608

Email: dgm5 at st-andrews . ac . uk

Dr Duncan Robertson

Duncan A. Robertson holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Electronics and a PhD in millimetre wave physics from the University of St Andrews. From 1994 to 1999 he was with the Millimetre Wave Group, University of St Andrews, under contract to DERA Malvern, developing battlefield millimetre wave systems for combat identification. From 1999 to 2000 he was a Principal Microwave Engineer with Racal-MESL, Edinburgh, where he was involved in the production of the high power duplexer for the X-band Searchwater 2000 radar system and the development of high power latching junction circulators at 35 GHz. In 2000 he joined the Photonics Innovation Centre, University of St Andrews, where he was engaged in commercialising millimetre-wave technology and building a 94 GHz confocal passive imager for medical applications. In 2004 he re-joined the Millimetre Wave Group, University of St Andrews, as Technical Manager on the development of the “HIPER” 94 GHz high power pulsed electron spin resonance spectrometer. Subsequently he has worked on the development of AVTIS long range terrain mapping 94 GHz dual mode radar/radiometers for volcanology, and the development and field trial use of 94 and 340 GHz imaging radars for security.

Tel: +44 (0) 1334 467307

Email: dar at st-andrews . ac . uk


Professor Emeritus Peter Riedi

Professor Riedi has specialised in pulsed magnetic resonance since 1964. His main research interest has been in the NMR of strongly magnetic materials where the frequencies and relaxation times are more typical of EPR than conventional NMR. Consequently the series of spectrometers he has designed and constructed over the range 10-1000MHz have had unique properties and have attracted sabbatical visitors to St Andrews from all over the world. More recently he has modified the cw high-field ESR spectrometer to study the ferromagnetic resonance of new magnetic recording media for computer technology. He has published some 200 papers, including many reviews on pulsed magnetic resonance and is a past member of EPSRC, IOP and RSC committees and an assessor for the Leverhulme Trust and the Paul Instrument Fund.

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Email: pcr at st-andrews . ac . uk

Dr Jim Lesurf

Dr Lesurf was the head of the mm-wave group until his retirement in 2004 and is a recognised world authority on mm-wave techniques. He is the author of the books "Millimetre-wave optics, devices and systems" and "Information and Measurement". He has won the National Physical Laboratory Prize twice, both for ideas relating to mm-wave measurement systems, and has extensive experience of designing mm-wave systems for astronomy and defence applications.

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Email: jcgl at st-andrews . ac . uk