Andy is a Cryogenics Engineer in the RF and Cryogenics Group within ASTeC. His primary area of work is on the development and operation of the Vertical Test Facility for 2 K qualification of the high-beta SRF cavities being developed for the European Spallation Source. He also contributes to several other research programs including cryostat development for the characterisation of SRF thin films.
Prior to joining STFC, he received his PhD, MSc and MEng from the University of Manchester. His postgraduate work was concerned with the design and implementation of millikelvin systems for several Cosmic Microwave Background polarization observatories. This work was carried out as part of several international collaborations, where he spent time as a visiting student at the University of California, San Diego and the Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie at Université Paris Diderot.
He is co-author of the textbook Miniature Sorption Coolers: Theory and Applications, along with over 30 journal papers and conference proceedings. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has co-supervised several MPhys and MSc research projects at Manchester.