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Personal Statement

I studied for a BSc Physics from the University of Limerick before receiving my PhD in 2005 from Durham University. I went on to become a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, from 2005-2007, after which I came to the University of Strathclyde to work in what was then the Photonics Group. I held a five-year Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellowship starting in 2009. From 2010-2011 I was a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, funded by an award from Marie Curie. In 2015 I was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship at Strathclyde.


Research Interests

My research work looks at experimental methods precision measurements in atomic physics, with an overall aim of developing next generation devices based on truly quantum technology. The main strands of my research are in laser-cooled atoms, atom interferometry, atomic clocks, and atomic magnetometry.

Further details can be found on the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics group homepage - http://photonics.phys.strath.ac.uk 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Durham

Bachelor of Science, University of Limerick


  • Atomic Physics
  • Bose-Einstein Condensates
  • Atom Optics
  • Atom Interferometry
  • Quantum technology
  • Atomic clocks
  • Atomic magnetometry
  • Space research

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 2008 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
1 Citation (Scopus)
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



Chip-scale atomic magnetometer based on free-induction-decay

Author: Hunter, D., 1 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Riis, E. (Supervisor) & Griffin, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Single-shot holographic readout of an atom interferometer

Author: MacKellar, A. R., 1 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Griffin, P. (Supervisor) & Riis, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Chancellor's Fellowship

Paul Griffin (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Marie Curie CO-FUND Fellowship

Paul Griffin (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2010 2019

Glasgow Science Festival - SCOPE event: Science & the Machine

Paul Griffin (Advisor), Liam Stuart Walker (Contributor), Emma Le Francois (Contributor), Magdalena Joanna Lesniewska (Contributor), Rosaria Gabriella Lena (Contributor), Andres Ulibarrena Diaz (Contributor), Tomohiro Hashizume (Contributor), George Angus Chappell (Contributor), Adrian Costa Boquete (Contributor)
15 Jun 201916 Jun 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Science @ Strathclyde - Physics laboratory activities

Paul Griffin (Contributor), Gregory Hoth (Contributor), Elmar Haller (Contributor), Oliver Burrow (Contributor), Sean McLaughlin (Contributor), Michael Wright (Contributor), Matthew Johnson (Contributor)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation