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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 2021

Research Output 2008 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

Raman-Ramsey CPT with a grating magneto-optical trap

Elvin, R., Hoth, G. W., Wright, M. W., McGilligan, J. P., Arnold, A. S., Griffin, P. F. & Riis, E., 12 Jul 2018, 2018 European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, p. 61-64 4 p.

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

Open Access
Excited states
Frequency standards
Electrooptical effects
Semiconductor lasers


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 2018

Maritime Enterprise Scotland Conference 2017

Paul Griffin (Participant)
24 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Workshop on Miniaturised Atomic Clocks

Paul Griffin (Organiser), Erling Riis (Organiser)
6 Nov 20177 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference