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Dr Michael Hubbard

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Michael received his PhD from the University of Surrey in 2020 where he studied pulse shape discrimination in plastic scintillator for applications in nuclear security. Following his PhD, he joined the Centre of Electronic Imaging (CEI) at the Open University as a Space Radiation Environment Scientist. At the CEI, Michael investigates the impact of the radiation environment for future space missions. He utilises the Geant4 toolkit to create simulations for various missions to simulate background radiation and dose damage for instruments. Michael is currently associated with the ATHENA, SMILE and THESEUS missions.

Research interests

  • Radiation transport simulations
  • Scintillation detector technologies
  • Detection techniques and data analysis algorithms
  • X-ray detection technologies
  • Neutron detector technologies
  • Muon tomography
  • Radiation protection for Solar Cells 


SMILE soft X-ray Imager flight model CCD370 pre-flight device characterisation (2023-08-14)
Parsons, S.; Hall, D. J.; Hetherington, O.; Buggey, T. W.; Arnold, T.; Hubbard, M. W. J. and Holland, A.
Earth and Planetary Physics, 8(1) (pp. 1-14)

Impact of impurities in shielding material on simulations of instrument background in space (2023-07-26)
Hubbard, Michael W. J.; Hall, David; Hetherington, Oliver; Arnold, Timothy and Holland, Andrew
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 9, Article 34004(3)

The CCD instrument background of the SMILE SXI (2023)
Hubbard, M.W. J.; Hetherington, O.; Hall, D. J.; Buggey, T. W.; Parsons, S.; Arnold, T.; Holland, A.; Pagani, C. and Sembay, S.
Earth and Planetary Physics, 8(1) (pp. 1-10)

The Soft X-ray Imager (SXI) on the SMILE Mission (2023)
Sembay, S.; Alme, A.L.; Agnolon, D.; Arnold, T.; Beardmore, A.; Belén Balado Margeli, A.; Bicknell, C.; Bouldin, C.; Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Breuer, J.P.; Buggey, T.; Butcher, G.; Canchal, R.; Carter, J.A.; Crawford, T.; Cheney, A.; Collado-Vega, Y.; Connor, H.; Crawford, T.; Eaton, N.; Feldman, C.; Forsyth, C.; Frantzen, T.; Galgóczi, G.; Garcia, J.; Genov, G.Y.; Gordillo, C.; Gröbelbauer, H-P.; Guedel, M.; Guo, Y.; Hailey, M.; Hall, D.; Hampson, R.; Hasiba, J.; Hetherington, O.; Holland, A.; Hsieh, S-Y; Hubbard, M.; Jeszenszky, H.; Jones, M.; Kennedy, T.; Koch-Mehrin, K.; Kögl, S.; Krucker, S.; Kuntz, K.D.; Lakin1, C.; Laky, G.; Lylund, O.; Martindale, A.; Miguel Mas Hesse, J.; Nakamura, R.; Oksavik, K.; Østgaard, N.; Ottacher, H.; Ottensamer, R.; Pagani, C.; Parsons, S.; Patel, P.; Pearson, J.; Peikert, G.; Porter, F.S.; Pouliantis, T.; Randall, G.; Qureshi, B.H; Raab, W.; Randall, G.; Read, A.M.; Roque, N.M.M.; Rostad, M.E.; Runciman, C.; Sachdev, S.; Samsonov, A.; Soman, M.; Sibeck, D.; Smit, S.; Søndergaard, J.; Speight, R.; Stavland, S.; Steller, M.; Sun, TianRan; Thornhill, J.; Thomas, W.; Ullaland, K.; Walsh, B.; Walton, D.; Wang, C. and Yang, S.
Earth and Planetary Physics, 8(1) (pp. 1-10)

Mitigating the effects of particle background on the Athena Wide Field Imager (2022-02)
Miller, Eric D.; Grant, Catherine E.; Bautz, Marshall W.; Molendi, Silvano; Kraft, Ralph; Nulsen, Paul; Bulbul, Esra; Allen, Steven; Burrows, David N.; Eraerds, Tanja; Fioretti, Valentina; Gastaldello, Fabio; Hall, David; Hubbard, Michael W. J.; Keelan, Jonathan; Meidinger, Norbert; Perinati, Emanuele; Rau, Arne and Wilkins, Dan
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 8, Article 18001(1)

Experimental verification of consistency of micro-silica glass bead thermoluminescent detectors for mixed gamma/neutron irradiation (2021-02)
Bindu, P. Hima; Termsuk, C.; Hubbard, M.W.J.; Ley, K.; Taggart, M.P. and Lohstroh, A.
Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 179, Article 109210

Enhanced simulations on the Athena/Wide Field Imager instrumental background (2021)
Eraerds, Tanja; Antonelli, Valeria; Davis, Chris; Hall, David J.; Hetherington, Oliver; Holland, Andrew; Hubbard, Michael; Meidinger, Norbert; Miller, Eric D.; Molendi, Silvano; Perinati, Emanuele; Pietschner, Daniel and Rau, Arne
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7, Article 34001(3)

Assessing the suitability of three proxy sources for the development of detectors of special nuclear materials (2020)
Taggart, Matthew P; Allwork, Chris; Collett, Michael; Hubbard, Michael W J and Sellin, Paul J
Journal of Radiological Protection, 40, Article 1138(4)

Development of a novel and low-cost anthropomorphic pelvis phantom for 3D dosimetry in radiotherapy. (2020)
Babaloui, Somayyeh; Jafari, Shakardokht; Polak, Wojciech; Ghorbani, Mahdi; Hubbard, Michael WJ; Lohstroh, Annika; Shirazi, Alireza and Jaber, Ramin
Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, 12(5) (pp. 470-479)

Suitability of a SiPM photodetector for implementation in an automated thermoluminescent dosimeter reader (2019-08)
Taggart, M.P.; Charoupa, A.; Hubbard, M.W.J.; Jafari, S.M.; Lohstroh, A. and Stroud, M.
Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 161 (pp. 42-47)

Exploration of Fourier based algorithms and detector designs for pulse shape discrimination (2019-06-21)
Hubbard, M.W.J.; Taggart, M.P. and Sellin, P.J.
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 930 (pp. 64-73)

Evaluation of Scintillator Detection Materials for Application within Airborne Environmental Radiation Monitoring (2019)
Lowdon, Matthew; Martin, Peter G.; Hubbard, M.W.J.; Taggart, M.P.; Connor, Dean T.; Verbelen, Yannick; Sellin, P.J. and Scott, Thomas B.
Sensors, 19, Article 3828(18)

Calibrating and correcting charge transfer inefficiency in CCDs using Pyxel (2022)
Kelman, Bradley; Prod'homme, Thibaut; Skottfelt, Jesper; Lemmel, Frederic; Arko, Matej; Liebing, Patricia; Verhoeve, Peter; Dryer, Benjamin; Hall, David and Hubbard, Michael
In : SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation (17-23 Jul 2022, Montreal, Canada) (12191F)

Feasibility of using Micro Silica Bead TLDs for 3D dosimetry in brachytherapy (2019)
Babaloui, Somayyeh; Jafari, Shakardokht; Palmer, Antony L; Polak, Wojciech; Hubbard, Michael; Skopidou, Theodora; Lohstroh, Annika and Jaberi, Ramin
In : Radiotherapy and Oncology (26-30 Apr 2019) (S1185-S1186)

Light Transport Modelling Of Pulse Shape Discrimination Within Plastic Scintillators. (2020-06-30)
Hubbard, Michael W. J.
PhD thesis University of Surrey