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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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Research Output

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    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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Author: Pisano, F., 10 Feb 2017

    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., 23 Feb 2016

    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


    Quantum Technology Showcase 2019

    Paul Griffin (Participant), Erling Riis (Participant), Stuart Ingleby (Participant), Terry Dyer (Participant), Oliver Burrow (Participant), Gregory Hoth (Participant), Jonathan Pritchard (Participant), John Jeffers (Participant), Araceli Venegas-Gomez (Participant), Jeremy Stuart Ward (Participant)
    15 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Israel Science Foundation (External organisation)

    Erling Riis (Advisor)
    May 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee


    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