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Consultancy In Infrared Science and Technology

Professor Rutt undertakes consultancy work mainly in the field of infrared optics, lasers, materials and devices. This has included for examples studies of novel laser systems for specific uses having detailed requirements as to laser wavelength, bandwidth, peak and average power and pulse format. Detailed design of remote sensing devices, including experimental proof of principle and production of prototypes is an ongoing activity, as is work on gas sensing for several diverse applications. Infrared spectroscopy has played a major role in several tasks. Work on thermal imaging systems, including possible mid life upgrades to existing devices, and assistance in the selection and specification of equipment has also figured strongly. Designs for built in test equipment ('BIT') in safety critical infared detection systems, and a range of special purpose infrared instrumentation designs have also been undertaken. Many projects have a significant electronics and signal processing content, including design, prototyping and testing. A considerable amount of the work is theoretical, and packages for atmospheric transmission modelling, optical design, thin film design, and infrared spectroscopic databases are all available, as well as the more routine tools such as SPICE, Mathcad, Mathematica and IDL for example. Literature searching, both in the scientific literature, patent literature and other sources has figured in many tasks.

Where required other consultants can be brought in to provide specific skills, and Prof Rutt has a wide range of relevant contacts. These also include mechanical drawing facilities and contacts with local engineering firms for production of prototypes. A world wide knowledge of suppliers of infrared optics, coatings, detectors and lasers is also frequently brought into play, along with a huge personal library of infrared related books and many thousands of indexed Journal papers.

Several customers are based overseas, and tasks have frequently involved travel to their locations, or to vet suppliers, including conducting acceptance tests on behalf of customers at the suppliers location. With modern communication facilites, having customers scattered around the world is no longer an issue! Several customers have placed work over many years. With a variety of customers, conflict of interest issues are carefully considered before accepting a task; entering into confidentiality agreements presents no problems. Tasks involving both commercial and national security considerations have been routinely undertaken.

In a few cases work is undertaken in areas other than infrared science and technology. These have largely been where a customer requires someone with a broad base of skills crossing the boundaries of physics and engineering, and have included for example overviewing possible technical developments over the next five years for a customer with a highly specialised technical product line and a very limited skilled staff. Such projects are accepted selectively, where I am certain I can do a good job for the customer!

Prof Rutt speaks and reads French quite fluently, and can read Portuguese and to some extent Spanish. He has ready access to German, Italian, and Chinese speakers when needed.

The University encourages its staff to undertake consultancy tasks within certain bounds set out by the contract of employment. It is not uncommon for a consultancy task to lead to a more substantial program which may be undertaken as a formal contract with my research group, via the University of Southampton.

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Latest News

Professor Harvey Rutt elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Harvey Rutt, Rank Professor of Infrared Science and Technology, and former Head of ECS-Electronics and Computer Science, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).

Unique Spectra detector is like 'playing billiards with atoms'

Another milestone has been passed in the new Mountbatten Building clean rooms with the commissioning of the ‘Spectra’ detector on the Zeiss Orion beam instrument.




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