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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Dr Peter Swift, MSc PhD MInstP

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43518
Room number: 120
Vice-Master of Grey College
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45630
Sub-Organist of St Chad's College
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43932
Telephone: College: 45630 / Department: 43518

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Peter graduated with first class honours in Maths and Physics from Durham University. He then undertook a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Martyn Chamberlain and sponsored by HMGCC in the terahertz group at Durham, which he completed in 2008. Since then he has worked for a University spin-out, Durham Photonics Ltd, where he developed terahertz instrumentation, and as a Post-Doc on the ROBUST project (Regeneration Of Brownfield Using Sustainable Technology), investigating the applicability of terahertz radiation as a sensor for organic molecules. In October 2011, Peter was appointed as aTeaching Fellow in the Department of Physics, which he has combined with the positon of Vice-Master of Grey College since January 2014.

College Responsibilities

At Grey College, I have overall responsibility for the wider Student Experience and postgraduate provision. I also work with our alumni.

Department Responsibilities

Teaching Activity

I currently lecture the Level 2 course, Thermodyanmics and Statistical Physics, which forms part of the module Foundations of Physics 2B. This involves determining the course material from the syllabus, giving lectures and producing associated materials, providing weekly problems with solutions, and setting and marking examinations.

I am one of the section leaders in the Level 1 laboratories, where I also demonstrate and I act as a Level 1 tutor.

I act as the Outreach co-ordinator in the department, which means I sit on both the department's Education Committee, and also the Science Faculty Outreach Management Group. In this role I also take overall responsibility for coordinating the department's particpation and provision for both the Supported Progression and Sutton Trust Summer Schools.

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of terahertz radiation to a variety of engineering and biological applications. These include the detection of organic chemicals and the use of artifical materials to manipulate and focus THz radiation.

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Terahertz Photonics

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