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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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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.

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

    Author: Hunter, D., 10 May 2019

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Phase-sensitive optical spectroscopy of a laser-cooled, microwave atomic clock

    Author: Elvin, R., 27 May 2020

    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


    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

    STEMFest 2019

    Paul Griffin (Contributor), Shannan Foylan (Contributor), Andres Ulibarrena Diaz (Contributor), Mark Carroll (Contributor), Matt Mitchell (Contributor), Terry Dyer (Contributor), Carol Trager-Cowan (Contributor), Jochen Bruckbauer (Contributor)
    14 Nov 201916 Nov 2019

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