Dr Dave Langstaff
BSc (Southampton) PhD (Aberystwyth)

Dr Dave Langstaff

Senior Lecturer

Department of Physics

Contact Details


Dr. Langstaff gained his first degree in electronic engineering at Southampton University, with a final year project developing an automated test system for characterisation of semiconductor devices produced in the Microelectronics Group. He went on to work in the Microelectronics Group at Southampton, working for the Wolfson Industrial Unit and the SERC funded Design Centre at Southampton there as well as a work with CAD data preparation for Electron Beam Lithography.

He moved to Aberystwyth in 1990 on a LINK funded project to design an Integrated Circuit to implement a Charge Detector Array for applications in Mass Spectroscopy. Following the successful conclusion of the project he joined a project to further develop the detector array concept for applications in Electron Spectroscopy. He was appointed as Senior Experimental Officer to CAFMaD in 2006. His main research interest is the layout of Silicon Integrated Circuits for detectors, taking particular interest in the efficient mapping of function and form. As well as his other duties, Dr. Langstaff is departmental Safety Officer for DMAPS.


  • Instrumentation for experimentation
    • Development of integrated charge sensing, pixellated imaging device for electron spectroscopy
    • Use of image processing to analyse data from high speed camera pictures of levitating liquid samples
    • Development of Instrument control software in Labview
    • Development of an Infrared spectrometer for Martian Exploration (Enfys)

Research Groups


Liu, H, Chen, W, Pan, R, Shan, Z, Qiao, A, Drewitt, JWE, Hennet, L, Jahn, S, Langstaff, D, Chass, GA, Tao, H, Yue, Y & Greaves, N 2020, 'From Molten Calcium Aluminates through Phase Transitions to Cement Phases', Advanced Science, vol. 7, no. 2, 1902209. 10.1002/advs.201902209
Huntly, C, Langstaff, D, Gunn, M, Laurent, B, Cross, R, Tyler, L & Knight, T 2018, 'Proposed Hyperspectral Imager for Planetary Surface Missions', Paper presented at European Planetary Science Congress 2018, 01 Sept 2018. <http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018EPSC...12.1188H>
Roberts, HM, Duller, GAT, Gunn, M, Cousins, C, Cross, RE & Langstaff, D 2018, 'Strategies for equivalent dose determination without heating, suitable for portable luminescence readers', Radiation Measurements, vol. 120, pp. 170-175. 10.1016/j.radmeas.2018.04.018
Barnes, D, Josset, JL, Coates, AJ, Cousins, CR, Cockell, C, Gunn, MD, Cross, RE & Langstaff, D 2014, 'Developing a Hyperspectral CLose UP Imager With UV Excitation (HyperCLUPI) for Mars Exploration', pp. EPSC2014-729.
Williams, GT, Cooil, SP, Roberts, OR, Evans, S, Langstaff, DP & Evans, DA 2014, 'High temperature photoelectron emission and surface photovoltage in semiconducting diamond', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 105, no. 6, 061602. 10.1063/1.4893274
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