Dr Stephen Scully

HonsDip BSc HDip PhD

Lecturer and Researcher

Carlow Campus

e: stephen.scully@itcarlow.ie      t: 059 9175490

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1632-9823

 
  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Dr Scully graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from Trinity University in 1996. Over a 15 year career Dr Scully completed numerous projects in the highly regulated pharmaceutical and medical devices industries before returning to University in 2010. He completed a Higher Diploma in Physics in 2011 and on the back of his results was awarded 2 scholarships, the John Hume Scholarship and a Doctoral Teaching Fellowship. Accepting the latter he completed a Ph.D. in Quasi-Optical Design and Analysis of a Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Experiments at Maynooth University in 2015. He continued to work in this research area as a post-doctoral researcher and in 2017 was offered a lectureship at the Institute of Technology Carlow. He is currently employed as a Lecturer in the department of Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronics Engineering within the School of Engineering at the Institute of Technology Carlow. He is a member of the IT Carlow Engineering Centre of Research and Enterprise (engCORE).

Dr Scully’s research interests are primarily in the field of quasi-optical (THz) systems. His engineering and physics background affords him the ability to conceive, design, analyse and develop systems with a multi-disciplinary approach. He is currently working on the QUBIC instrument (QUBIC consists of a consortium of institutes from across Europe and the U.S. with the goal of determining the validity of Inflation Theory as the source of the inhomogeneities that seeded the early universe). His designs for the optical combiner were selected from several proposals for the QUBIC instrument. QUBIC (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qubic_experiment) entails the detection of the polarisation properties of the extremely weak remnant radiation signals (Cosmic Microwave Background) left over from the Big Bang.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

A space weather information service based upon remote and in-situ measurements of coronal mass ejections heading for Earth. A concept mission consisting of six spacecraft in a heliocentric orbit at 0.72 AU. Ritter, B, et. al. (incl. Scully, S). Space Weather Space Clim. Vol.5, A3 (2015).

QUBIC: A Fizeau Interferometer Targeting Primordial B-Modes, A. Tartari et al. (including S. Scully), J Low Temp Phys, DOI 10.1007/s10909-015-1398-3 (2015)

Latest progress on the QUBIC instrument. A. Ghribi, et. al. (incl. S. Scully). Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Volume 176, Issue 5-6, pp 698-704 (2014).

Books and Book Chapters

Thesis: Quasi-Optical Design and Analysis of a Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmic Microwave Background Experiments, S. Scully (2016)

Conference Proceedings and Papers

Performance of NbSi Transition-Edge Sensors read out with a 128 MUX factor for the QUBIC experiment, Salatino, Maria, …, S. Scully, et. al. Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Proceedings of the SPIE San Francisco, #AS18-AS111-25 (2018)

Thermal architecture for the QUBIC cryogenic receiver, May, A. J., …, S. Scully, et. al. Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Proceedings of the SPIE San Francisco, #AS18-AS111-26 (2018)

Simulations and performance of the QUBIC optical beam combiner, O'Sullivan, Créidhe, …, S. Scully, et. al. Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Proceedings of the SPIE San Francisco, #AS18-AS111-81 (2018)

QUBIC: The Q & U Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology, O'Sullivan, Créidhe, …, S. Scully, et. al. Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Proceedings of the SPIE San Francisco, #AS18-AS111-84 (2018)

Optical design and modelling of the QUBIC instrument: a next-generation quasi-optical bolometric interferometer for cosmology. S. Scully, et. al. Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy, Proceedings of the SPIE Edinburgh, article id. 9914-112 (2016).

FreeCAD visualisation of realistic 3D physical optics beams within a CAD system-model, D. Gayer, C. O'Sullivan, S. Scully, et al. Optics and Components, Proceedings of the SPIE Edinburgh, article id. 9914-133 (2016)

The Q U Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology (QUBIC). 36th ESA Antenna Workshop on Antennas and RF Systems for Space Science, 6th-9th October 2015, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. O'Sullivan C., Scully S. et al. (2015)

Techniques for the modelling of QUBIC: A next-generation quasi-optical bolometric interferometer for cosmology. Scully, S, et. al. Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-wave Technologies and Applications VII, Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8985, article id. pp 898516-1 (2014).

The optical design of the QUBIC beam combiner. Gayer, Donnacha, et. al. (incl. Scully, Stephen). Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8452, article id. 845229, 8 pp. (2012).


Published Reports

QUBIC Technological Design Report. Aumont, J., et. al. (incl. Scully, S). Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO), arXiv:1609.04372 [astro-ph.IM] (2015).

Oral Presentations

Scully, S, Title “Quasi-Optical Design and Analysis of a Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmic Microwave Background Experiments”. Oral presentation at Maynooth University (2015)

Scully, S et al., Title “A space weather information service based upon remote and in-situ measurement of coronal mass ejections heading for Earth”. Oral presentation at Alpbach FFG, Austria.  (2013)

Scully, S et al., Title “The Carrington Mission”. Oral presentation at Post-Alpbach FFG, Graz, Austria. (2013)

Scully, S, Title “QUBIC (Q&U bolometric interferometer for cosmology)”. Oral presentation and poster at the Rosse Medal institute of physics. (2012)

Scully, S, Title “Optical system modelling: B-mode polarisation in the CMB”. Oral presentation at ASGI (astronomical science group of Ireland) (2012).

Scully, S, Title “Techniques for the modelling of QUBIC: A next-generation quasi-optical bolometric interferometer for cosmology”. Oral presentation at Photonics West SPIE, San Francisco. (2012)

Scully, S, Chaired international conference at Photonics West SPIE, San Francisco, USA. (2012)

Scully, S, Title “Radio astronomy”. Oral presentation at ASGI (astronomical science group of Ireland).  (2011)

Research Supervision

Engagement and Collaboration