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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 2001 2018

Characterization of a fast piezoelectric varifocal MEMS mirror

Janin, P., Bauer, R., Griffin, P., Riis, E. & Uttamchandani, D., 29 Jul 2018 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
microelectromechanical systems

Free-induction-decay magnetometer based on a microfabricated Cs vapor cell

Hunter, D., Piccolomo, S., Pritchard, J. D., Brockie, N. L., Dyer, T. E. & Riis, E., 5 Jul 2018, In : Physical Review Applied. 10, 10 p., 014002

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Larmor precession


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 2017

  • 4 Membership of committee
  • 3 Organiser of major conference
  • 1 Organiser of special symposia
  • 1 Examination

Workshop on Miniaturised Atomic Clocks

Griffin, P. (Organiser), Riis, E. (Organiser)
6 Nov 20177 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

Stanford-Strathclyde Quantum Technology Workshop

Riis, E. (Organiser)
9 Dec 201410 Dec 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of special symposia


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