Professor Adrian Michael Cruise BSc, PhD, FRAS, FinstP, CPhys

Professor Adrian Michael Cruise

School of Physics and Astronomy
Professor of Astrophysics and Space Research

Contact details

Address
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Mike Cruise is a member of international teams searching for gravitational waves using ground based and space based facilities. He has published over 140 research papers and a text book on The Principles of Space Instrument Design. Mike is currently chair of the European Space Agency Human Exploration Advisory Committee, HESAC, Chair of the UKSA EXOMARS Oversight Panel, and Chair of the UKSA Science Programme Advisory Committee. He has been Secretary, Vice President and Treasurer of the Royal Astronomical Society. 

Mike Cruise is a frequent speaker at public venues on Gravity, Gravitational Waves and Space Science. 

Qualifications

  • Chartered Physicist
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Academician of the International Astronautics Academy
  • Member of the International Astronomical Union
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • PhD in Space Science Instrumentation
  • BSc ( first class ) Physics

Biography

Mike Cruise obtained his BSc and PhD from University College London where he worked at the Millard Space Science Laboratory on instrumentation for X-Ray Astronomy. In 1985 he was appointed Deputy Director. In 1986 he left UCL to become leader of the Astrophysics Group at the Rutherford Appelton Laboratory, subsequently becoming the Associate Director for Space. In 1995 he was appointed to a chair at the University of Birmingham, followed by five years as Head of School and five years as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer. He formally retired in 2012 from University of Birmingham but is still active on space issues with ESA and UKSA, and continues research into gravitational wave science.

He has received awards from ESA, NASA, BMFT, the Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Prize, the Gruber Prize for Cosmology, the RAS Group Achievement Award and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Mike Cruise has contributed significantly to a number of Space missions including Skylarks 921,922, 821,822,1104 Ariel V, Ariel VI, Hipparcos, AMPTE, ROSAT, Spektrum Roentgen Gamma, SOHO, Cluster, XMM-Newton, STEREO, LEGRI, SMEI. LISA Pathfinder and LISA.

PhD opportunities

Research

RESEARCH THEMES 

  • Gravitational Waves
  • Gravity 
  • Space Instrumentation
  • Fundamental Physics

RESEARCH ACTIVITY 

Mike Cruise is part of the consortium which has built the payload for LISA Pathfinder, the technical pre-cursor to LISA- a space based gravitational wave observatory.

For many years Mike has been investigating the interaction of gravitational waves and electromagnetic fields.

Mike has pioneered the development of gravitational wave detectors for very high frequencies- above 1 MHz and has detectors observing at 14 GHz and at Optical frequencies in his laboratory at Birmingham. He is now studying the use of these techniques at low frequencies.

Mike has pioneered the development of gravitational wave detectors for very high frequencies- above 1 MHz and has detectors observing at 14 GHz and at Optical frequencies in his laboratory at Birmingham.

Other activities

  • Treasurer of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
  • Council member RAS
  • Chair, Finance Committee RAS
  • Chair Cospar Commission H ( Fundamental Physics)
  • Chair UKSA Exomars Oversight Panel
  • Deputy Chair UKSA Science Programme Advisory Committee
  • Member UKSA Aurac committee
  • Member Cospar Science Advisory Committee
  • Member European Space Agency Physical Sciences Working Group
  • Member European Space Agency Future Technology Advisory Committee

 

Publications

 

Book

Principles of Space Instrument Design
A.M. Cruise, J.A.Bowles, C.V.Goodall and T.J.   Patrick( 408 pp)  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Aerospace Series
ISBN -13 978-0-521-45164-2.
Paperback as ISBN-13 978-0-521-02594-2.

Journal articles

  1. All–sky search for gravitational wave bursts in the first joint LIGO-GEO-Virgo run
    Authors J Abadie et al including A M Cruise
    Physical Review D , 81, 10200
  2. Searches for Gravitational Wave Bursts associated with short Gamma Ray Bursts during  LIGO ‘s fifth science run  and Virgo’s  first science run
    Authors J Abadie et al including A.M.Cruise
    Astrophysical Journal, 715, 1453, 2010 
  3. Searches for Gravitational Wave Bursts associated with Gamma Ray Bursts using data from LIGO science run 5 and Virgo science run 1
    Authors J Abadie et al including A.M.Cruise
    Astrophysical Journal, 715, 1438, 2010
  4. Searches for Gravitational Waves from known Pulsars with science run 5 LIGO data
    Authors B P Abbott et al including A M Cruise
    Astrophysical Journal 713, 671, 2010