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Dr Ross Burgon

Profile summary

  • Academic Related Staff
  • Knowledge Exchange Fellow
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Physical Sciences
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Professional biography

Ross joined the Centre for Electronic Imaging (www.open.ac.uk/cei) in 2009 working on for the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium and is now a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded Innovations and Partnerships Scheme (IPS) Knowledge Exchange Fellow.

Ross' role is to engage with industry, academia and the general public to enhance the economic and societal impact of STFC funded research carried out in the School of Physical Sciences (SPS) through Knowledge Exchange. This involves exploring new research collaboration opportunities, bid management, project management, developing long-term strategic partnerships with industry and improving knowledge transfer activities between SPS and the wider research and business community.

Research interests

As well as supporting the research of the Centre for Electronic Imaging through the project management of technology development programmes Ross is also involved in the development of Cubesat instrumentation working on both the Compact CMOS Camera Demonstrator (C3D) on UKube-1 and it's successor (C3D2) on AlSat-Nano.

Ross is also a founding member of the UK CubeSat Forum - http://www.cubesatforum.org.uk/

Teaching interests

Ross is currently supporting the development of a new MSc. qualification in Space Science and Technology due to begin in 2017. The qualification is being designed in consultation with the UK Space Agency and UK space industry to ensure it helps meet the needs of students wishing to become part of space sector.

The qualification will use many new resources beiong developed for the Open Science Laboratory (OSL). Ross is leading the inclusion of Cubesat and satellite simulation technologies into the OSL.

Impact and engagement

The main aim of Ross' role is to increase the economic and societal impact of research activity within the SPS through Knowledge Exchange. This involves developing and managing a number of external relationships with companies and organisations at all levels of engagement including; strategic research collaborations, contract research, externally funded collaborative research, collaborative PhD studentships and continuing professional development training.

The public understanding of science is also part of this role and Ross often participates in and exhibits at space and knowledge exchange sector meetings, works with organisations such as the National Space Academy promoting space careers and is involved in science outreach projects. Currently Ross is the national co-ordinator for Rosetta in the UK.

External collaborations

Ross works with a number of companies and organiations across a number of different sectors inluding:

e2v technologies
XCAM Ltd
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Orbitonics Ltd
UK Space Agency (UKSA)
European Space Agency (ESA)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Clyde Space Ltd
Surrey Space Centre (SSC)
Satellite Applications Catapult
ONERA
South East Physics Newtwork (SEPNet)
National Space Academy

 

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

NSTP3-R1/e2v Characterisation of TDI CMOS

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Jan/201731/Dec/2017UKSA UK Space Agency
The CEI have been invited by e2v to collaborate on a bid into the UKSA NSTP3-R1 call, with e2v as the lead organisation. The CEI element of this bid is to perform electro-optic characterisation of a new Time Delay Integration (TDI) CMOS image sensor developed by e2v before and after gamma irradiation of the sensor.

ESA p-channel contract change notification

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator05/Sep/201601/Sep/2017ESA (European Space Agency)
The CEI have been working under contract to ESA (CLS-404-14) on an investigation in the performance characterisation and radiation testing of p-channel CCDs. This work is now nearing completion and ESA have indicated that they would like to fund an additional study under a contract change notification (CCN). This additional study will focus on the evolution of defects within a back illuminated p-channel and n-channel CCD204 after the devices have been irradiated, side-by-side, and for a period of time after, whilst cold annealing takes place.

OGRE Rocket STFC CASE PhD Studentship

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Oct/201531/Mar/2019XCAM Ltd
This project is an Industrial CASE PhD studentship managed by the OU and funded by STFC and XCAM Ltd. The STFC funded element of the studentship comes from DPSs STFC quota, this AMS project only relates to the CASE top-up funding from XCAM Ltd. The University of Iowa, with support from the Open University, are developing an X-ray detection instrument (OGRE) to fly on-board a NASA sounding rocket in ~2018. XCAM Ltd have been contracted by The University of Iowa to design, develop and supply a prototype and flight camera system for this rocket based mission, on specification provided by the University of Iowa and the Open University. This is the OGRE Programme. This studentship will support the OGRE Programme through the optimisation of the prototype OGRE camera system, supporting the commissioning of the system and analysing the performance of the system during the flight.

Athena (2015-2016)

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Other-collaborator01/Sep/201531/Mar/2016UKSA UK Space Agency
Athena is the mission concept for ESAs L2 slot, due for launch in 2028 and will be a world-class X-ray observatory. The telescope and spacecraft will be provided by ESA, and the instruments by nationally-funded collaborations. The OU is proposing involvement in the MPE-lead Wide Field Imager (WFI), with leadership of the work-package responsible for creation of the low-background instrument radiation shield.

Rosetta in the UK

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/May/201430/Apr/2015STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
Rosetta in the UK is an national education and public outreach programme funded by STFC to inform, educate and celebrate the UK’s involvement and leadership in ESA’s Rosetta mission. The Project is co-ordinated at the Open University and includes all UK-based Rosetta stakeholders including academia, industry and public engagement organisations as well as in collaboration with the National Space Academy.

Publications

Gaia Data Release 1. Summary of the astrometric, photometric, and survey properties (2016-11)
Gaia Collaboration, ; Brown, A. G. A.; Holland, A. D. and Burgon, R.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 595, Article A2
The Gaia mission (2016)
Collaboration, Gaia; Holland, Andrew and Burgon, Ross
Astronomy & Astrophysics ((early access))
Technology advancement of the CCD201-20 EMCCD for the WFIRST coronagraph instrument: sensor characterization and radiation damage (2015-12-14)
Harding, Leon K.; Demers, Richard T.; Hoenk, Michael; Peddada, Pavani; Nemati, Bijan; Cherng, Michael; Michaels, Darren; Neat, Leo S.; Loc, Anthony; Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Burgon, Ross; Holland, Andrew; Reinheimer, Alice; Jorden, Paul R. and Jordan, Douglas
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 2(1) (p 11007)
Validation of NIEL for >1MeV electrons in silicon using the CCD47-20 (2016-08-05)
Dryer, B.; Smith, P.; Nuns, T.; Murray, N.; Stefanov, K. D.; Gow, J. P. D.; Burgon, R.; Hall, D. J. and Holland, A. D.
In : High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII (26 June - 1 July 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Cryogenic irradiation of an EMCCD for the WFIRST coronagraph: preliminary performance analysis (2016)
Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Holland, Andrew; Burgon, Ross; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Jordan, Douglas; Demers, Richard; Harding, Leon K.; Nemati, Bijan; Hoenk, Michael; Michaels, Darren and Peddada, Pavani
In : High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII (26 June - 1 July 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Electron multiplication CCD detector technology advancement for the WFIRST-AFTA coronagraph (2015-10-30)
Harding, Leon K.; Demers, Richard T.; Hoenk, Michael; Peddada, Pavani; Nemati, Bijan; Cherng, Michael; Michaels, Darren; Loc, Anthony; Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Burgon, Ross; Holland, Andrew; Reinheimer, Alice; Jorden, Paul R. and Jordan, Douglas
In : SPIE Optics and Photonics 2015 (9-13 August 2015, San Diego, California, USA)
Challenges in photon-starved space astronomy in a harsh radiation environment using CCDs (2015-09-22)
Hall, David J.; Bush, Nathan; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Clarke, Andrew; Burgon, Ross and Holland, Andrew
In : UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII (9 August 2015, San Diego, CA)
The impact of radiation damage on photon counting with an EMCCD for the WFIRST-AFTA coronagraph (2015-09-11)
Bush, Nathan; Hall, David; Holland, Andrew; Burgon, Ross; Murray, Neil; Gow, Jason; Soman, Matthew; Jordan, Doug; Demers, Richard; Harding, Leon K.; Hoenk, Michael; Michaels, Darren; Nemati, Bijan and Peddada, Pavani
In : SPIE Optics and Photonics 2015 (16-20 August 2015, San Diego, CA)
C3D – an imaging radiation damage experiment on UKUBE-1 (2014-05-26)
Holland, Andrew; Burgon, Ross; Harriss, Richard and Holland, Karen
In : 4S Symposium 2014 (26-30 May 2014, Porto Petro, Majorca, Spain)
Spacecraft health and environmental monitoring from a CubeSat platform (2012-10)
Burgon, Ross; Holland, Andrew; Harriss, Richard and Sheridan, Simon
In : UN/Japan Nano-Satellite Symposium (10 Oct -13 Oct 2012, Nagoya, Japan)
Photometric science alerts from Gaia (2012-09)
Wyrzykowski, Łukasz; Hodgkin, Simon; Blogorodnova, Nadejda; Koposov, Sergey and Burgon, Ross
In : Gaia-FUN-SSO-2 International Workshop (19-21 September 2012, Paris, France)
Compact CMOS camera demonstrator (C3D) for Ukube-1 (2011-09)
Harriss, R. D.; Holland, A. D.; Barber, S. J.; Karout, S.; Burgon, R.; Dryer, B. J.; Murray, N. J.; Hall, D. J.; Smith, P. H.; Greig, T.; Tutt, J. H.; Endicott, J.; Jerram, P.; Morris, D.; Robbins, M.; Prevost, V. and Holland, K.
In : UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts V (8 September 2011, San Diego)
Data challenges for the Gaia Science Alerts System (2010)
Burgon, Ross; Wyrzykowski, Lukasz and Hodgkin, Simon
In : Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XX ASP Conference Series (7-11 Nov 2010)

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