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Personal Statement

Erling Riis joined the Physics Department in 1991 after having worked as a post-doc with Nobel Laureate Steven Chu at Stanford for two years. Initially research at Strathclyde concentrated on high-resolution atomic spectroscopy and the development of the highly specialised laser sources required for these experiments. This work also formed the foundation of the establishment of activities at Strathclyde in laser cooling of atoms.

Presently this work ranges from fundamental studies of atom interferometry to the development of a platform for miniaturising cold atom based quantum technology.  

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Aarhus University, Denmark

Master of Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

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Projects 2005 2023

Research Output 2000 2019

Fast piezoelectric scanning MEMS mirror for 1D ion adressing

Janin, P., Bauer, R., Griffin, P., Riis, E. & Uttamchandani, D., 3 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press). 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Space optics
microelectromechanical systems
Natural frequencies

Radio-frequency microplasmas with energies suited to in situ selective cleaning of surface adsorbates in ion microtraps

Akhtar, M., Wilpers, G., Choonee, K., Riis, E. & Sinclair, A. G., 8 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. 52, 5, p. 1-17 18 p., 055001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

radio frequencies


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



Advanced technologies for spatio-temporal control of neural circuits using optogenetics

Author: Pisano, F., 1 Jul 2016

Supervisor: Mathieson, K. (Supervisor) & Riis, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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


Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Erling Riis (Recipient), Jan 2008

Prize: Election to learned society


Fellow of the Optical Society of America

Erling Riis (Recipient), 1 Apr 2007

Prize: National/international honour

Activities 2007 2019

Israel Science Foundation (External organisation)

Erling Riis (Advisor)
May 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Towards a compact atomic clock based on coherent population trapping and the grating magneto-optical trap

Erling Riis (Speaker)
6 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Creation of a cluster of innovative laser companies in Glasgow serving global markets

Erling Riis (Participant), Allister Ferguson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce