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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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Research Output

Optical characterisation of micro-fabricated Fresnel zone plates for atomic waveguides

Henderson, V. A., Johnson, M. Y. H., Kale, Y. B., Griffin, P. F., Riis, E. & Arnold, A. S., 30 Mar 2020, In : Optics Express. 28, 7, p. 9072-9081 10 p.

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    Progress of a compact microwave clock based on atoms cooled with a diffractive optic

    Elvin, R., Hoth, G. W., Wright, M., Lewis, B., Bregazzi, A., Keliehor, B., Arnold, A. S., Griffin, P. F. & Riis, E., 25 Feb 2020, Proceedings Optical, Opto-Atomic, and Entanglement-Enhanced Precision Metrology II. Shahriar, S. M. & Scheuer, J. (eds.). Bellingham, WA, Vol. 11296. p. 1129609 6 p. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 11296).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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  • Thesis

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

    Author: Thom, J. A., 23 Feb 2016

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Chip-scale atomic magnetometer

    Author: Piccolomo, S., 3 Oct 2016

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    External PhD Examiner University of St. Andrews

    Aidan Arnold (External Examiner)

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Seminar at University of Sussex

    Aidan Arnold (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk