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Personal Statement

I work in a variety of areas of atomic physics, focusing in particular on ultracold atomic systems and Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs), but also covering four-wave mixing in atomic vapours. Recent work in our labs on microfabricated atom traps was published as the May 2013 cover story of Nature Nanotechnology.

My DPhil at the University of Sussex led to the first BEC in the UK in 1998. The first Scottish BEC was made in my lab in 2003, and the same experiment was extended to create one of the world’s first magnetic storage rings for BECs, and high-contrast matter-wave interference.

In addition to my experimental work, I have published on theoretical projects both as sole author and collaboratively.

My undergraduate studies (BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, and MSc in Physics) were carried out at the University of Otago in my hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand.



  • Atom Optics
  • Quantum degenerate gases
  • Laser cooling

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Projects 2005 2020

Research Output 1997 2019

6 Downloads (Pure)

Cold-atom clock based on a diffractive optic

Elvin, R., Hoth, G. W., Wright, M., Lewis, B., McGilligan, J. P., Arnold, A. S., Griffin, P. F. & Riis, E., 18 Dec 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 26, p. 38359-38366 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
diffractive optics
frequency stability
2 Citations (Scopus)
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Towards a compact atomic clock based on coherent population trapping and the grating magneto-optical trap

Hoth, G. W., Elvin, R., Wright, M., Lewis, B., Arnold, A. S., Griffin, P. F. & Riis, E., 1 Mar 2019, p. 109342E. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceProceeding

Open Access
atomic clocks


Data for: "Talbot-enhanced, maximum-visibility imaging of condensate interference"

Arnold, A. (Creator), Henderson, V. (Creator), Carson, C. H. (Creator), Zhai, Y. (Creator), Griffin, P. (Creator), Riis, E. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 19 Dec 2017



An agile and stable optical system for high-fidelity coherent control of a single ⁸⁸Sr⁺ ion

Author: Thom, J. A., 1 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Riis, E. (Supervisor) & Arnold, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Chip-scale atomic magnetometer

Author: Piccolomo, S., 1 Jan 2016

Supervisor: Riis, E. (Supervisor) & Arnold, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2003 2012

External PhD Examiner University of St. Andrews

Aidan Arnold (External Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Quantum Optics workshop: Ross Priory

Aidan Arnold (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk