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Alastair took his Ph.D. with Prof. Mike Pepper and Prof. Gilbert Lonzarich at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in Low Temperature Physics. He was then a post-doctoral fellow for three years with Prof. R.H. Williams in Cardiff and for two years with Dr Franz Himpsel at IBM Yorktown Heights in New York where he used synchrotron radiation to study the electronic states on surfaces and at semiconductor interfaces. His research group at Queen's University use scanning probe microscopy to study the properties of surfaces and functional materials. He is particularly interested in designing scanning probes that combine different imaging modalities.

Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) CSci CPhys FInstP
Member of Churchill College Cambridge
Member of the European Physical Society
Member of the Canadian Association of Physicists
Full Professor, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada (since 1996)
PDF with F. J. Himpsel at I.B.M. T. J. Watson Center, New York, USA (1988)
PDF with R. H. Williams at the Dept. Physics, Cardiff University (1985)
Ph.D. with G. L. Lonzarich and M. Pepper at Cambridge University (1985)
B.Sc. Dept Applied Physics, Strathclyde University, First Class Honours (1981)