Dr. Neil A. Salmon

Technology Research & Development Scientist
Salmon, Neil A.
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Area of Expertise: millimetre waves, security screening, radar, THz, passive, imaging
Websites: Personal Website
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My main activity is developing millimetre wave (mmw) novel sensors and systems for commercial exploitation in the aerospace and security sectors. Recent innovations are mmw quantum technologies of the second kind (exploiting entangled states) and investigating medical applications associated with the human skin.

In 2012 I joined the ‘Sensing and Imaging’ group at Manchester Metropolitan University as Reader, to research mmw polarimetric radar and radiometric imagers for screening people for concealed weapons and develop & teach an undergraduate BSc physics course. Prior to this I was Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester, researching mmw technology and developing/teaching the ‘Radio Imaging and Sensing’ MSc course.

1994 to 2011: at DRA (UK MOD agency) with UK universities and industry I pioneered all-weather mmw imagers for air, sea & land platforms, becoming a Principal Scientific Officer. QinetiQ Ltd emerged from the privatisation of DRA, where as a QinetiQ Fellow I researched mmw aperture synthesis concepts and scene simulation for satellite-based earth observation and personnel security screening. In a 2-year Royal Society Fellowship to Manchester University I demonstrated a number of proof-of-concept near-field aperture synthesis imagers and formed MMW-Sensors Ltd.

1984-94: I developed mmw diagnostics to research major nuclear fusion plasma instabilities in the JET tokamak (an experimental no-carbon energy source), gaining a PhD from Imperial College Plasma Physics group. Under a Euratom Fellowship to the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, I developed a suite of mmw diagnostic spectrometers to research temperature phenomena in the ASDEX-Upgrade tokamak.

1978-84: I completed a degree in Physics with Astrophysics at Leeds University, following by an MSc in Lasers and their Applications at Essex University, enabling me to develop optical and acoustic technology for defence at Plessey Electronics Systems Research (now Roke Manor Research).

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