Biography

Prof. Anna M. Barnett is Professor of Space Research.  She leads the Space Research Group in the School of Engineering and Informatics at University of Sussex, UK.  The Space Research Group includes the work previously undertaken by Prof. Barnett's Sussex Semiconductor Materials and Devices Laboratory.

Prof. Barnett is an experimental physicist with interests in detector physics and instrumentation for space science and extreme terrestrial environments (high temperature, intense radiation).  Her research portfolio covers: space systems; attitude determination systems and GPS-denied environment navigation instrumentation; instrumentation for underwater vehicles for ocean mining; fundamental compound semiconductor material and device research, with particular emphasis on radiation interactions and single photon noise processes; instrumentation for space plasma physics, X-ray astronomy, and planetary science; radioisotope microbatteries; liquid contamination monitoring systems; CBRN material interdiction systems; and more. 

As of Feb. 2018, Prof. Barnett holds research funding totalling >£2M in value.  She is particularly well known for her expertise in the characterisation of novel semiconductor materials (e.g. GaAs, AlGaAs, AlInP, GaInP, cubic-GaN, SiC, Diamond) for photon counting spectroscopy of X-rays and gamma-rays, and particle counting spectroscopy of electrons and beta particles.

In 2016, Prof. Barnett won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Engineering.  She was also awarded the 2016 University of Sussex Emerging Researcher award for her contributions towards “Improved spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control through the understanding of light".  Prof. Barnett obtained her PhD (without corrections) in 2012 at the University of Leicester's world-renowned Space Research Centre (part of Dept. Physics and Astronomy).  She was awarded the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering 2012 PhD prize for "Exceptional Merit in the Conduct and Outcome of Research" and gave a University of Leicester Graduate School Doctoral Prize Inaugural Lecture in 2013.