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International RF measurements group gets first European president

14 February 2012

NPL's Nick Ridler has been elected president of the board of directors of ARFTG - the Automatic RF Techniques Group - becoming the first European to hold the post, with the majority of the other board members coming from the US. ARFTG is a technical organisation interested in all aspects of RF (radio frequency), microwave and millimetre-wave test and measurement. These electromagnetic measurements are vital for industries such as telecommunications, aerospace, health, security and defence.

ARFTG was originally set up in 1972 to help end-users get the most from the latest generation of test and measurement equipment. It has been in continuous operation ever since, and today operates as a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

The main activities of ARFTG include: organising and delivering two international scientific conferences each year; offering Student Fellowship financial sponsorships for research; and running training courses and education programmes
organising workshop and user forum meetings.

Nick Ridler's own research concentrates on measurements at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths, as well as measurements of high-speed signals on printed circuit boards. His appointment places NPL in a leading position within the organisation and reinforcess the laboratory's international reputation for the traceable measurement of electromagnetic parameters at RF and microwave frequencies.

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