Créidhe O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Physics at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth. Her main research interests are in the fields of astronomy and terahertz optics and she works on a number of ongoing international research programs in the development of space- and ground-based astronomical instrumentation. Current projects include cosmic microwave background telescopes, bolometric interferometry and coupling schemes for detector arrays. Dr. O’Sullivan received a B.Sc. in Experimental Physics from University College Dublin in 1992 and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1996. She previously worked on micromachined infrared bolometers in the Microelectronics Research Centre, University College Cork and on adaptive optics as a postdoctoral researcher in NUI, Galway. Dr. O’Sullivan has served on national committees for the Royal Irish Academy, the Institute of Physics, and SPIE’s Terahertz Technology and Applications conference.
J. Anthony Murphy is Professor and Head of the Department of Experimental Physics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His main research interests are in the area of far-infrared space optics and experimental cosmology, specifically, the cosmic microwave background. He was involved in the development of receiver systems for the European Space Agency Planck Surveyor Satellite and the Herschel Space Observatory. Prof. Murphy received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Experimental Physics in 1977 and 1979, respectively, from University College Cork. He subsequently obtained an M.S. in Physics in 1981, from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1986 from University of Cambridge. From 1985 to 1987 he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge on receiver development for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (Hawaii). In 1988 he became a member of the lecturing staff of the Experimental Physics Department at NUI Maynooth. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society.