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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


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. In 2009 she was elected to the University Council, and sat on the Council and General Board until the end of 2016. She also served as the School of the Physical Sciences Director of Education from 2008 to 2014. She Chaired the Board of Graduate Studies and the UIS Operations Committee, and sat on the University's Information Services Committee and the Environmental and Sustainability Strategy Committee.


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

Retired University Senior Lecturer
Fellow Emerita of Newnham College

Contact Details

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Room F21, Battcock Building
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 0HE.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 337310
+44 (0)1223 337310


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