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TEAM-A Attends Royal Society Residential Communication and Media Skills Course

20th September 2019.

Thank you to Jon CopleySciConnect and The Royal Society for sharing your experiences and advice with our TEAM-A Research Fellows at the Royal Society's Communication and Media Skills course at Chicheley Hall. 

TEAM-A launches 1st Summer Internship

19th July 2019.

Congratulations to Miss Madeline Stedman for a successful first week of research, based at Cody Technology Park with QinetiQ Ltd. 

This summer we have launched the 1st TEAM-A industry based 6 week Internship placement. University of Exeter undergraduate Miss Stedman is working closely with researchers based at QinetiQ on an exciting new project and we look forward to hearing all about her experience at the end of her internship. 

Pictured next to the historic Cody's Tree, which states "S F Cody measured the thrust of his first aeroplane in 1908-1909 by tying it to a tree. His first tests with his powered aeroplane were made on 16th May 1908. His flight of 1390 feet on 16ht October 1908 was the first sustained aeroplane flight in Great Britain...”

TEAM-A Sponsors IONS Exeter Conference

On 9th of July 2019, 81 researchers from 10 different countries arrived at the University of Exeter for the very first Exeter IONS conference. Over the next 4 days, the group of researchers would hear talks from physicists and engineers from as far away as Japan – the excitement was palpable!

IONS Exeter (International OSA Network of Students) was led by the Exeter University Optics and Photonics Society (EUOPS), and supported by the Optical Society of America (OSA), the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2), the Tailored Electromagnetic and Acoustic Materials Accelerator (TEAM-A), the Alumni Annual Funds of the University of Exeter, and with prizes sponsored by the Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group of the Institute of Physics.

Over the first three days, technical sessions on a range of topics were held, including nanophotonics, optoelectronics, biological imaging, metamaterials, ultrafast and quantum technologies. Keynote speakers Prof. Sile Nic Chormaic, Prof. Francesca Palombo and OSA Ambassador Dr Gabrielle Thomas started off each day with a talk on their area of expertise. These were followed by talks from invited speakers from across the UK, with students and postdoctoral researchers sharing some of their cutting-edge work throughout the rest of each day. A poster session on the second day was followed by a top-notch dinner in a local restaurant.

Prizes were awarded on the third day of the conference, after/just before a session where the committee gave advice on applying and running the next IONS conference – we hope to have inspired many of you! First prize for presentation went to Ekaterina Zossimova (University of Exeter), and the runner up was Gavrielle Untracht (University of Surrey). The first poster prize was awarded to Emmanuele Gemo (University of Exeter), and runner up went to Dominic Sulway (University of Bristol). A special recognition prize went to V. Kaarthic Raja (Anna University, Chennai) for presenting work from his undergraduate degree.

The final day was set aside for a combined social trip and outreach activity, which went down a treat with the locals and attendees alike. The challenge was to collect items from the beach that could be used to explain some light-based physics ideas, then work in teams to explain these concepts to members of the public. The videos were shared on Instagram, and points awarded along the way. The event was rounded off with a steam-train ride through the beautiful Devon countryside.

To learn more about how Exeter's PGRs made such a successful event: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/xm2news/254-2/ 

TEAM-A Post-docs attend & enjoy QinetiQ's International Women in Engineering Day 2019

19th June 2019.

As a programme, one of our key priorities is supporting and enabling the prosperity of 'tomorrow's' great scientists and leaders, by combining resources of both the University of Exeter and QinetiQ we have an exciting opportunity to do just that.

To inspire and celebrate all that women in engineering continue to and will achieve, In June our Post-docs attended QinetiQ's much loved activity day for young girls.

To read more about it, you can enjoy their blog here: https://www.qinetiq.com/Blogs/2019/06/International-Women-in-Engineering-Day-2019

TEAM-A Post-doc Dr Joshua Hamilton attends IEEE International Conference

In May 2019, Joshua attended the 53rd IEEE International Conference on Communications in Shanghai, China. The conference is one of the IEEE Communications Society’s flagship conferences. The main theme of the conference was “empowering intelligent communications” with world leaders in both academia and industry in attendance. The conference had a strong emphasis on 5G communications and looking towards future technology advancements in 6G wireless communications.

In addition to the main conference, Joshua attended a tutorial session on “Orbital Angular Momentum for Wireless Communications: Theory, Challenges, and Future Trends” and workshop entitled “Electromagnetic wave transmission with orbital angular momentum”. One of the investigation being undertaken by TEAM-A is demonstrating the practical uses of radio frequency orbital angular momentum beams. A orbital angular momentum carrying beam, which has a helical phase wave front can transmit multiple modes at one frequency. The topic is still in its infancy but shows promise to revolutionise the spectral efficiency of wireless communications.

The attended workshop was the first worldwide academic get together of the researchers of the electromagnetic wave orbital angular momentum community. Therefore, this conference and workshop was the perfect opportunity to meet world leaders in wireless communication research.

Researchers round off the month of March with an exciting series of events.

TEAM-A Research Fellows meet fellow academics and enjoy exciting talks on the topics of THz & Metamaterials. 

Dr Lauren Barr, Dr Joshua Hamilton and Dr Ian Hooper enjoyed meeting other academics, demonstrating the technology of their work and attending talks. 

A huge thank you to IET mm-wave and THz meeting on 15th March 2019, and Showcasing Emerging Technologies - Metamaterials on the 19th March 2019.

The Programme's First Advisory Board Meeting

On the 6th of March 2019, the TEAM-A Prosperity Partnership programme held its first Advisory Board meeting, to discuss and evaluate progress and management. 

A huge thank you to its members, Prof. Mark Goodwin, Prof. Sajad Haq, Dr Benny Hallam, Jessica Bonham and Luis Lopez-Bracey; for traveling to Exeter to come and meet the management team and  our Exeter based researchers

Technical Talk at QinetiQ: Dr Benny Hallam, ‘An introduction to high purity quartz’

Many thanks to Dr Benny Hallam, Chair of the TEAM-A Advisory Board, who recently visited QinetiQ at Farnborough to provide us with a stimulating talk on his work as VP R&D for The Quartz Corp. The Quartz Corp is a joint venture of IMERYS and Norsk Mineral and operates as a major supplier of High Purity Quartz Sand from sites in Spruce Pine (USA), the source of the world's purest quartz. Benny described how the sand is collected, processed, purified and converted into a variety of high-value components for solar cells, semiconductor manufacture, fibre optics and speciality lighting. The conversations that followed covered various technical issues, from methods of sample manufacture to the control and modification of material properties, and possible overlap with TEAM-A’s capabilities are being explored.

For more details of the talk, or to pose questions, please contact crlawrence@qinetiq.com or visit the Quartz Corp website at http://www.thequartzcorp.com/

QinetiQ propose key industry challenges to TEAM-A Research Fellows

On the 4th of Feburary 2019, TEAM-A's Postdoctoral Research Fellows and industry-based Principle Investigator met to discuss prominent key industry challenges. It is this type of information and professional cultural sharing that the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme is all about.

TEAM-A & The University of Warwick

On the 7th and 8th of January Prof. John Murphy and Dr. Nicholas Grant of the University of Warwick visited TEAM-A members Prof Euan Hendry, Dr. Ian Hooper and Dr. Lauren Barr to discuss their ongoing collaborations. Prof. Murphy and Dr. Grant are experts in silicon photovoltaics and have been using their expertise to assist TEAM-A in developing tunable devices for the RF and THz frequency domains. The promising initial results have now led to a newly funded project aimed at developing the next generation of these devices.

Happy New Year

2019 feels like yet another great year for Meta-materials and manufactoring research. 

Enjoy the fresh start all. 

UK Terahertz research, the University of Warwick - Congratulations to our newest recruit Lauren Barr

12th December 2018.

Our newest Postdoctoral Researcher and XM² alumni Lauren Barr presented her latest findings on how 'cavity improves optical modulation of silicon for THz imaging', at the UK THz Workshop in Warwick

To read more about the University of Exeter's success and enjoyment of this event, feel free to visit the XM² CDT article here

Image provided by XM², Dr Anja Roading

University of Exeter visits QinetiQ to share their expertise, 2018's Tech Talks

2018 was a great year for the exchange of scientific knowledge. 

Thank you to: 

Prof. Geoff Nash, of the University of Exeter for his talk on 'Encapsulated Graphene Based Infrared Emitters'.

Prof. Euan Hendry, of the Universiy of Exeter for his talk on 'Single-pixel THz imaging using near-field photomodulation'.

Prof. Oana Ghita, of the University of Exeter for her talk on 'High Performance Polymers and Composites for Additive Manufacturing'.

We're all excited to see what 2019 holds. 

An excited welcome to our new TEAM-A researchers and students

A huge welcome to our new Postdoctoral Researchers and PhD students. Only five more experts to collect and then we truly will be the A-TEAM. 

Visit our 'The TEAM' page to find out a little more about them; and likewise check out our 'Apply'  page to view what positions are still available. 

Prosperity Partnerships Prevail at London EPSRC Announcement event

Thank you to the EPSRC for organizing an event that offered us and the wider programmes such food for thought yesterday (25th September 2018). We would like to offer a congratulations to the second round   award recipients, welcome to the community.