Dr Hammond gained his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1999 where he worked on the development of a cryogenic torsion balance used to place new short-range limits on putative forces coupling spin and gravity.
Following this he took up a two year appointment at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, Boulder, Colorado, where he worked on the development of active/passive seismic isolation systems for the Advanced LIGO gravitational wave detector upgrade. Dr Hammond returned to Birmingham during 2001-2007 as a research assistant working on the development of a 2nd generation cryogenic torsion balance used to measure the Casimir force and inverse square of Gravity at test mass separations of a few micrometers. In 2007 he joined the Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow where he is a Research Council UK Academic Fellow and Lecturer.
His research interests focus on the development of fused silica suspension systems for 2nd generation gravitational wave detectors, the development of techniques to study charge motion on the surface of insulators and the measurement of thermal noise in both room temperature and cryogenic systems.
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