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/)

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Three-axis magnetic field detection with a compact, high-bandwidth, single beam zero-field atomic magnetometer
Dawson Rach, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Mrozowski Marcin, Ingleby Stuart, Griffin Paul, Riis Erling
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering Vol 12912 (2024)
Portable single-beam cesium zero-field magnetometer for magnetocardiography
Dawson Rach, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Mrozowski Marcin S, Irwin Edward, McGilligan James P, Burt David P, Hunter Dominic, Ingleby Stuart, Rea Molly, Holmes Niall, Brookes Matthew J, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Journal of Optical Microsystems Vol 3 (2023)
Optical pumping enhancement of a free-induction-decay magnetometer
Hunter Dominic, Mrozowski Marcin S, McWilliam Allan, Ingleby Stuart J, Dyer Terry E, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Journal of Optical Society of America B Vol 40, pp. 2664-2673 (2023)
Free-induction-decay magnetic field imaging with a microfabricated Cs vapor cell
Hunter Dominic, Perrella Chris, McWilliam Allan, McGilligan James P, Mrozowski Marcin, Ingleby Stuart J, Griffin Paul F, Burt David, Luiten Andre N, Riis Erling
Optics Express Vol 31, pp. 33582-33595 (2023)
Nitrogen buffer gas pressure tuning in a micro-machined vapor cell
Dyer S, McWilliam A, Hunter D, Ingleby S, Burt D P, Sharp O, Mirando F, Griffin P F, Riis E, McGilligan J P
Applied Physics Letters Vol 123 (2023)
Automated machine learning strategies for multi-parameter optimisation of a cesium-based portable zero-field magnetometer
Dawson Rach, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Irwin Edward, Mrozowski Marcin S, Hunter Dominic, Ingleby Stuart, Riis Erling, Griffin Paul F
Sensors Vol 23 (2023)

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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

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

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Ingleby, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Hunter, Dominic (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 01-Jan-2024
UK Space Agency and STFC Enabling Technologies Programme – Call Two - Quantum magnetometry for Space Weather
Ingleby, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
26-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
Quantum Sensing of the Geomagnetic Space Weather Environment
Ingleby, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Hunter, Dominic (Research Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2023 - 12-Jan-2026
UKQTP PRF Accurate Quantum Magnetometry for GPS-Denied Navigation
Ingleby, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Johnston, Zak
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Ingleby, Stuart (Co-investigator) Johnston, Zak (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
Accurate Quantum Magnetometry for GPS-Denied Navigation (QT Hub PRF OPM Navigation)
Ingleby, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024

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Dr Stuart Ingleby
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Email: stuart.ingleby@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 574 5321