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Professor Alan Michette

 Alan Michette

Professor Alan Michette passed away on 8th May 2013 whilst attending the Annual Lecture at Cumberland Lodge as a member of its Academic Committee.


Alan joined the Department of Physics of Queen Elizabeth College in 1981, and then moved to King's with the subsequent merger of Queen Elizabeth and King's College. During his time in the Department he has held numerous roles in the Department and School, most recently that of Head of Department. In the last ten years in particular he has been closely involved with the Maxwell Society and  the annual Cumberland Lodge event, and with the development of a hugely successful programme concerned with cosmic ray detectors in schools. 


Our thoughts are with his wife and his family.


Within the Department we will miss a colleague and friend.


3/75-12/76 Science Research Council Fellowship

1/77-12/80 Research associate at the Rutherford Laboratory

10/79-12/80 Visiting lecturer at Queen Elizabeth College London

1/81-9/89 Lecturer in Physics at Queen Elizabeth College London, & at King's College London since the merger of the Departments (1984) & the Colleges (1985).

10/88-9/89 Alexander von Humboldt research fellow, at the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching bei München, Germany

10/88-7/92 External examiner, Oxford Polytechnic

10/89-8/01 Reader in Physics at King's College London

9/01- Professor of Physics at King's College London

Selection of Publications

Z. Wang, H. Wang, J. Zhu, Z. Zhang, S. Zhang, F. Wang F, W. Wu, L. Chen, A.G. Michette, S.J. Pfauntsch, A.K. Powell, F. Schäfers, A. Gaupp, M. Cui, L. Sun, J. Zhu and M. MacDonald ‘Complete broadband analysis of extreme ultraviolet radiation with a broadband phase retarder and analyzer’ App. Phys. Lett., 2007, 90, 081910

M.Y. Al Aioubi, P.D. Prewett, S.E. Huq, V. Djakov and A.G. Michette ‘A novel MOEMS based adaptive optics for x-ray focusing’ Microelectronic Engineering, 2006, 83, 1321

M. Folkard, K.M. Prise, C. Shao, S. Gilchrist, A.G. Michette and B. Vojnovic ‘Understanding radiation damage to cells using microbeams’ Acta Physica Polonica, 2006, A109, 257

A.G. Michette, S.J. Pfauntsch, A. Erko, A. Firsov and A. Svintsov ‘Nanometer focusing of x-rays with modified reflection zone plates’ Opt. Commun., 2005, 245, 249

K.J. Böhm, N.E. Mavromatos, A. Michette, R. Stracke and E. Unger ‘Movement and alignment of microtubules in electric fields and electric-dipole-moment estimates’ Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 2005, 24 319


Advanced X-ray optics, Laser-plasma X-ray sources, X-ray microscopy, X-ray microprobing, Electrical properties of microtubules

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