Dr. Boon Kok Tan awarded the 2014 MERAC Prize

4 April 2014

Dr Boon Kok Tan has been awarded the 2014 MERAC Prize of the European Astronomical Society for the Best Doctoral Thesis in the area of New Technologies for his thesis in the field of sub-millimetre wave astronomy.

The research has contributed significantly to the advancement of the state of the art of coherent detector technologies. This includes fully integrated SIS mixer chips with wide RF and IF bandwidth, which are suitable for future heterodyne arrays, and advanced designs such as balanced and single side-band mixers.

Dr Tan is currently a member the Millimetre Detectors group in The Department of Physics at The University of Oxford. He leads the development of coherent THz detectors for the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA). His thesis was carried between October 2007 and June 2012, under the supervision of Dr. Ghassan Yassin.

The awardees are invited to give a plenary lecture at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 30 June – 4 July 2014.

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