Dr Stuart Ingleby

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

I am interested in using innovative optical magnetometry techniques to further develop practical real-world technology with a range of important applications. During the last decade, laboratory magnetometers have made magnetic measurements with sensitivities below 0.5 femtotestla (one hundred billionth of the Earth's magnetic field). My work is focussed on bringing that sensitivity out of the lab and into applications such as medical imaging, geological surveying, archaeology and security, by developing the hardware and techniques to make reliable, portable optical magnetometers. This work is funded by the UK's National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology (http://quantumsensors.org/)


Recording the heart beat of cattle using a gradiometer system of optically pumped magnetometers
Sutter Jens U, Lewis Oliver, Robinson Clive, McMahon Anthony, Boyce Robert, Bragg Rachel, Macrae Alastair, Orton Jeffrey, Shah Vishal, Ingleby Stuart J, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture Vol 177 (2020)
A feed-forward measurement scheme for periodic noise suppression in atomic magnetometry
O'Dwyer Carolyn, Ingleby Stuart J, Chalmers Iain C, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Review of Scientific Instruments Vol 91 (2020)
Recording the heart beat of cattle using a differential system of optically pumped magnetometers
Sutter Jens, Lewis Oliver, Robinson Clive, McMahon Anthony, Boyce Robert, Bragg Rachel, Macrae Alastair, Griffin Paul, Riis Erling, Ingleby Stuart
Strathclyde Innovation Symposium on Optically Pumped Magnetometers (2018)
Vector magnetometry exploiting phase-geometry effects in a double-resonance alignment magnetometer
Ingleby Stuart J, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Griffin Paul F, Arnold Aidan S, Riis Erling
Physical Review Applied Vol 10 (2018)
Optically pumped magnetometry in arbitrarily oriented magnetic fields
Ingleby S J, Chalmers I C, O'Dwyer C, Griffin P F, Arnold A S, Riis E
IEEE Sensors 2017 IEEE SENSORS 2017 (2017)
Double-resonance magnetometry in arbitrarily oriented fields
Ingleby Stuart, Riis Erling, Arnold Aidan, Griffin Paul, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Chalmers Iain
Workshop on Optically Pumped Magnetometers 2017 (2017)

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Research interests

Magnetic sensors

Magnetic field measurements have thousands of important applications- from monitoring foetal heartbeats to locating unexploded ordinance. Laboratory measurements over the last decade have pushed the boundaries of sensitivity with optical magnetometers, and, with field resolution below 1 femtotestla, this technology can now be applied in place of expensive cryogenic SQUID sensors.

Compact optical & atomic systems

Our work to develop portable magnetometers requires the design and testing of ever-smaller and more scalable laser and atomic vapour systems. Characterisation of atomic vapour cells is carried out in the laboratory at Strathclyde.

Data aquisition and processing

Practical sensors require real-time data readout and optimisation. Development of the hardware, software and firmware for control and measurement of our atomic system is a key part of my work.

Precision electronics

Low-noise analogue electronics forms the interface between the sensor control system and its atomic sample. Development and testing of these electronics allows us to rapidly increase the sensitivity and scalability of magnetic sensors.

Professional activities

Optics Express (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Advanced Optical Technologies (Journal)
Peer reviewer
AIP Advances (Journal)
Peer reviewer
European Physical Journal Quantum Technology (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Quantum Technology Showcase 2019
International Graduate Summer School

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Quantum sensors for end-of-line battery testing
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Ingleby, Stuart (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Feasibility of Magneto-cardiography in Livestock (QuBeat) - IUK project with Icerobotics
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Ingleby, Stuart (Co-investigator)
Feasibility of Magneto-cardiography in Livestock (QuBeat)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018

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