Dr Chris Thomas

photoHead of Technical Services, RSPP

BSc (Leicester), PhD (Leicester), MBA (OU), C.Eng, CITP

Tel: 0116 252 3566

Email: ect@leicester.ac.uk

Office: Physics & Astronomy, G55


A long standing Leicester person, Chris graduated from the Physics Department in 1974 and received a PhD from what was then the Ionospheric Physics group, now the Radio and Space Plasma Physics group, in 1984. Chris has been a Chartered Engineer since 1990 and a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) since 2004. Chris was awarded an MBA from the Open University in 1994.


Aided and abetted by a dedicated band of technical experts, Chris is responsible for looking after the group's technical infrastructure which underpins the scientific programme. This include:

  • The design, construction, deployment and maintenance of the radar installations which provide the data which forms the main input into the group's investigation of the high latitude magnetosphere.
  • Design and implementation of real time control software for the operation of experimental facilities.
  • The support of the advanced communication facilities which allow the remote, unmanned operation of the radars and provides real time data visualisation which is critical to their effective utilisation.
  • Support of the extensive data processing facilities which are essential to turn the data from the radars into useful information and to combine this with data from other ground based and satellite measurements.

Research interests

Recent work has focussed on the design of support electronics for X-ray detectors on Bepi-Colombo and future space missions.

Current interests include the development of software defined radio (SDR) for use in remote sensing instrumentation to study the earth's upper atmosphere.


The RSPP group undertakes commercial contracts for the development and construction of a wide variety of electronics. These opportunities often arise from the group's scientific program and take advantage of technical developments from these research interests.

The group has built a number of SuperDARN radar systems for customers in China, Russia, Japan and Norway.


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