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Dr. Rachael Padman

Dr. Rachael Padman

University Lecturer

Fellow of Newnham College

Room F21, Battcock Building
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 0HE.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 337310

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337310

Biography:

Rachael Padman did her first degree in Electrical Engineering, at Monash University. She then worked for two years at CSIRO Division of Radio physics in Sydney, doing research on antennas for radio astronomy, before coming to the Cavendish for her PhD in mm-wave astronomy and instrumentation. She held an 1851 Research Fellowship, and then spent two years in Berkeley as a Miller Research Fellow, before returning to the Cavendish in 1984 as Deputy Project Scientist for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii. She was appointed a University Lecturer in 1998. From 2005 to 2009 she was primarily involved in the administration of teaching in the Department of Physics, and now leads on both undergraduate and graduate educational issues for the eight departments making up the School of the Physical Sciences.

Research groups

Astrophysics:

Research Interests

Millimetre wave optics and receiver systems; Low-mass star formation, and in particular jets and outflows from young stars; Spectral-line data reduction software. 

Key Publications

R.Padman, S.J.Bence, J.S.Richer. (1997). "Observational properties ofmolecular outflows". Invited review in Herbig-Haro flows and the birth of low-mass stars, ed B.Reipurth and C.Bertout. Proc. IAU Symposium 182, Chamonix, France, 20-24 January 1997. pp 123-140.

R.Padman (1995). "Optical fundamentals for array feeds". Invited review in Multifeed Systems for Radio Telescopes, D.T. Emerson and J.M. Payne (Eds). ASPConf. Series., 1.

G.J.White, R.Padman (1992). "First images of atomic carbon in the interstellar medium". Nature, Vol 354, p511

N.D.Parker, R.Padman, P.F.Scott. (1991). "Outflows in dark clouds: their role in protostellar evolution". MNRAS, Vol 252, p442

R.Padman, D.A.Green, A.N.Lasenby. (1990). "Jets in our Galaxy". Chap.10 of the book Astrophysical Jets, in the CUP Monographs on Physics series, P.Hughes (Ed)

R.Padman, J.A.Murphy, R.E.Hills. (1987)." Gaussian mode analysis of Cassegrain antenna efficiency". IEEE Trans. Ant. Prop'n., AP35, p1093