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Dr Colm Bracken

Colm Bracken

Name: Dr Colm Bracken

Title: Post Doctoral Research Fellow

E-Mail: cbracken@cp.dias.ie

Phone: +353 1 4406656 ext 352

Address:  31 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 D02-XF86

Research Interests: Optical/near-IR MKID detectors and read-outs, Far-IR TES detectors and feed systems, Numerical modelling for EM/RF/microwave simulation, and Quasi-optical analysis and design.

Biographical Sketch :
Colm studied physics with astrophysics at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, graduating in 2010. He received his PhD in 2015 from N.U.I. Maynooth for his research in electromagnetic analysis and design of far-infrared receivers and detectors for the SAFARI instrument on the SPICA space telescope, as part of a collaboration between ESA, N.U.I. Maynooth, SRON (the Netherlands), among other instututes. From 2015 to 2016 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the EU-FP7 funded FISICA (Far-Infrared Space Interferometer Critical Assessment) project, designing a baseline quasi-optical layout for a proposed double-Fourier interferometer space mission.
Colm held a temporary Lecturer/Asst. Professor position at University College Dublin from 2016 to 2017, lecturing undergraduate and graduate modules including Galaxies, Cosmology and the ISM; Space Mission Design; Gamma-ray Space Detectors Advanced Lab; Cubesat Subsystems Advanced Lab; while continuing his research in far-infrared instrumentation and simulation. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, working with Professor Tom Ray on large-format arrays of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for optical/near-infrared wavelengths.

Selected Publications:

1) Quasi-optical analysis of a far-infrared spatio-spectral space interferometer concept http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016InPhT..77..171B
2) MUSE – Mission to the Uranian system: Unveiling the evolution and formation of ice giants http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015AdSpR..55.2190B
3) Progress in spectral-spatial interferometry at multi-THz frequencies — Potential applications http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7460625
4) Optical modeling of waveguide coupled TES detectors towards the SAFARI instrument for
SPICA http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012SPIE.8452E..0LT