Nicola’s research activity is focused on the electromagnetic properties and behaviour of materials. Work ranges from the development of new electromagnetic non-destructive methods for the measurement of material properties, to development of novel composite materials for electromagnetic applications such as radiation absorption or magnetostrictive actuation. Activity is presently directed towards determining, quickly and non-destructively, the depth of case-hardening in steel parts – a problem of great importance in vehicle manufacturing. Another investigation is developing novel multi-layered filler particles to form microwave-absorbing composites.
Professor Jiles conducts research into: nonlinear and hysteretic behaviour of magnetic materials; magnetoelasticity, magnetostriction & magnetomechnical effects; development of novel magnetic materials and iv) applications of magnetic measurements to non-destructive evaluation. He has authored over four hundred and fifty scientific papers, mostly in the general area of applied magnetism and three books: Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (First edition 1990, Second edition 1998), Introduction to the Electronic Properties of Materials (First edition 1994, Second edition 2001) and Introduction to Materials Evaluation (2007).
Our long-term goal is to develop models that allow the use of satellite microwave remote sensing to map the water content of soil and vegetation on both local and global scales. In order to accomplish this goal, we need to understand how changes in soil and vegetation moisture affect the microwave radiation emitted by the land surface. There are two main types of activities in our research: field experiments during which data are collected; and integration of these measurements with models of microwave emission and models of energy and moisture transport among the soil, vegetation, and atmosphere.
Electromagnetic aspects of high speed electronics and networking (EMI, EMC, etc.)
Physical layers of Optical and Wireless Networks Please see DCNL (dependable computing and networking Laboratory)
Optical communication and networking
Teaching Technology From Freshman engineering to graduate level, issues and concerns.
Fast and efficient algorithms in computational electromagnetics, modeling of VLSI interconnects on silicon and signal integrity, large-scale and parallel computation, inverse scattering and nondestructive evaluation, electromagnetic wave propagation and scattering, antenna analysis and design.