Dr Stephen Monk CEng

Lecturer

Research Interests

Steve Monk was appointed in 2007 and has research interests in novel neutron detector design, Human replacement robotics in decommissioning environments, and general radioactive environment characterization. He has supervised four PhD students within the subject areas of neutron spectrometry, robotics in decommissioning, Post Operational Clear Out (POCO) at Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant and the design of neutron reflecting blankets for fusion reactors. Before taking up the lectureship, Steve undertook a research associate post building a novel neutron spectrometer with a PhD building a ultra sensitive ethane detector before that.

Steve also teaches three undergraduate modules; Nuclear instrumentation, general instrumentation and 2nd engineering projects (know nas the robot project). as well as being the rep. for Lancaster's part of the Nuclear Technology Educational Consortium (NTEC). Steve has a publication record which features this work as well as more left field subjects such as the generation of Bessel beams using an axicon.

His work over the years has taken him to such locations as TRIUMF (Vancouver), Los Alamos National Labs (New Mexico), The Jungfraujoch laboratory (Switzerland), The COMSATS institute (Lahore) and The Fukushima research centre (Japan).

When not at work, Steve likes to play football with the graduate team and play badminton with the Bailrigg badminton slub.

Material optimisation in dual particle detectors by comparing advanced scintillating materials using two Monte Carlo codes
Al Hamrashdi, H., Cheneler, D., Monk, S.D. 11/10/2017 In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 869, p. 163-171. 9 p.
Journal article

Beta Particle Energy Spectra Shift due to Self-attenuation Effects in Environmental Sources
Alton, T.T., David Monk, S., Cheneler, D. 31/05/2017 In: Nuclear Engineering and Technology.
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A new approach to improve the parameter estimation accuracy in robotic manipulators using a multi-objective output error identification technique
West, C., Montazeri, A., Monk, S.D., Duda, D., Taylor, C.J. 30/05/2017 In: 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Lisbon. 6 p.
Conference contribution

A comparison of MCNP6-1.0 and GEANT 4-10.1 when evaluating the neutron output of a complex real world nuclear environment: the thermal neutron facility at the Tri Universities Meson facility
Monk, S., Shippen, A., Colling, B., Cheneler, D., Al Hamrashdi, H., Alton, T. 15/05/2017 In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms. 399, p. 48-61. 14 p.
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Dynamic modeling and parameter estimation of a hydraulic robot manipulator using a multi-objective genetic algorithm
Montazeri, A., West, C., Monk, S.D., Taylor, C.J. 2017 In: International Journal of Control. 90, 4, p. 661-683. 23 p.
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Feedback control-based inverse kinematics solvers for a nuclear decommissioning robot
Burrell, T.I., Montazeri, A., Monk, S.D., Taylor, C.J. 5/09/2016 In: MECHATRONICS 2016: 7th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems & 15th Mechatronics Forum International Conference Loughborough University 5th - 8th September 2016.
Conference contribution

A genetic algorithm approach for parameter optimization of a 7DOF robotic manipulator
West, C., Montazeri, A., Monk, S.D., Taylor, C.J. 11/08/2016 In: IFAC-PapersOnLine. 49, 12, p. 1261-1266. 6 p.
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A genetic algorithm approach for parameter optimization of a 7-DOF robotic manipulator
West, C., Montazeri, A., Monk, S.D., Taylor, C.J. 28/06/2016
Conference paper

Characterisation of the TRIUMF neutron facility using a Monte Carlo simulation code
Monk, S., Abram, T., Joyce, M. 2015 In: Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 164, 3, p. 228-238. 11 p.
Journal article

Research and teaching using a hydraulically-actuated nuclear decommissioning robot
West, C., Burrell, T., Montazeri, A., Monk, S.D., Taylor, C.J. 2015
Abstract

Review of autonomous navigation for indoor aerial robots within a nuclear decommissioning context
Burrell, T., Montazeri, A., Monk, S.D., Taylor, C.J. 2015
Abstract

An investigation towards real time dose rate monitoring, and fuel rod detection in a First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP)
Jackson, S., Monk, S., Riaz, Z. 12/2014 In: Applied Radiation and Isotopes. 94, p. 254-259. 6 p.
Journal article

Sub-aquatic response of a scintillator, fibre optic and silicon photomultiplier based radiation sensor
Jackson, S., Monk, S., Stanley, S.J., Lennox, K. 11/07/2014 In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 752, p. 42-46. 4 p.
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Testing of a scintillator and fibre optic based radiation sensor
Jackson, S., Monk, S., Lennox, K. 12/2013 In: Radiation Measurements. 59, p. 50-58. 9 p.
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Evolution of a neutron detector for the purpose of portability and resolvability
Selwood, M., Monk, S. 11/07/2012 In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 680, p. 18-26. 9 p.
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Development of a portable isotropic neutron spectrometer
Selwood, M.J., Monk, S.D. 07/2012 In: Applied Radiation and Isotopes. 70, 7, p. 1145-1149. 5 p.
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Development of fusion blanket technology for the DEMO reactor
Colling, B.R., Monk, S.D. 07/2012 In: Applied Radiation and Isotopes. 70, 7, p. 1370-1372. 3 p.
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Proposal to characterise legacy Sellafield ponds using SONAR and RadLine™
Jackson, S., Monk, S., Nye, D., Colling, B., Stanley, S. 07/2012 In: Applied Radiation and Isotopes. 70, 7, p. 1162-1165. 4 p.
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Variation in measured neutron fluence in low radiation environments when altering sensor density on the surface of a sphere
Monk, S.D. 07/2012 In: Applied Radiation and Isotopes. 70, 7, p. 1288-1290. 3 p.
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Design of a Detector for Characterizing Neutron Fields for Single-Event Effects Testing
Cai, X.X., Platt, S., Monk, S.D. 06/2011 In: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. 58, 3 Part 2, p. 1123-1128. 6 p.
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A Monte Carlo simulation of monoenergetic neutrons traversing rectangular and spherical polyethylene moderators.
Monk, S., Selwood, M. 03/2011 In: Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 144, 1-4, p. 182-186. 5 p.
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Construction issues surrounding a portable four-band neutron detection system.
Selwood, M.J., Monk, S.D. 03/2011 In: Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 144, 1-4, p. 249-252. 4 p.
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Monte Carlo GPS based Solution for speed limit indicator.
Khan, E., Shaukat, S.F., Monk, S.D. 2009 In: World Applied Sciences Journal. 6, 12, p. 1691-1697. 7 p.
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A portable energy-sensitive cosmic neutron detection instrument
Monk, S., Joyce, M., Jarrah, Z., King, D., Oppenheim, M. 02/2008 In: Review of Scientific Instruments. 79, 2, 8 p.
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The replacement of cadmium as a thermal neutron filter.
D'Mellow, B., Thomas, D.J., Joyce, M.J., Kolkowski, P., Roberts, N.J., Monk, S.D. 07/2007 In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 577, 3, p. 690-695. 6 p.
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The design of a portable cosmic ray three-band neutron detector.
Monk, S.D., Joyce, M.J. 2007 In: Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 123, 1, p. 3-14. 12 p.
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Application of laser spectroscopy for measurement of exhaled ethane in patients with lung cancer.
Skeldon, K.D., McMillan, L.C., Wyse, C.A., Monk, S.D., Gibson, G., Patterson, C., France, T., Longbottom, C., Padgett, M.J. 02/2006 In: Respiratory Medicine. 100, 2, p. 300-306. 7 p.
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Development of high-resolution real-time sub-ppb ethane spectroscopy and some pilot studies in life science.
Skeldon, K.D., Gibson, G.M., Wyse, C.A., McMillan, L.C., Monk, S.D., Longbottom, C., Padgett, M.J. 08/2005 In: Applied Optics. 44, 22, p. 4712-4721. 10 p.
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Oil and gas prospecting by ultra-sensitive optical gas detection with inverse gas dispersion modelling.
Hirst, B., Gibson, G., Gillespie, S., Archibald, I., Podlaha, O., Skeldon, K.D., Courtial, J., Monk, S., Padgett, M. 06/2004 In: Geophysical Research Letters. 31, L12115, p. 4 PP.
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A field-portable, laser-diode spectrometer for the ultra-sensitive detection of hydrocarbon gases
Gibson, G., Monk, S.D., Padgett, M. 04/2002 In: Journal of Modern Optics. 49, 5-6, p. 769-776. 8 p.
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The generation of Bessel beams at millimetre-wave frequencies by use of an axicon.
Monk, S., Arlt, J., Robertson, D.A., Courtial, J., Padgett, M.J. 11/1999 In: Optics Communications. 170, 4-6, p. 213-215. 3 p.
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