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Professor in the Department of Physics+44 (0) 191 33 43618


Charles Adams was educated at Oulder Hill Community School in Rochdale. He studied Physics at Hertford College, Oxford University. He obtained a Masters by Research from McMaster University in Canada followed by a PhD from Strathclyde University in Glasgow. After post doctoral work in Germany and the US, he began a research group at Durham in October 1995. His main interests are in experimental quantum optics, in particular light-matter interactions in strongly-interacting atomic systems. He was awarded the Thomson medal by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in 2014 and the Holweck Prize by the French Physical Society and IOP in 2020 for pioneering work on quantum optics.

With I. G. Hughes he is author of the optics textbook, Optics f2f.

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  • Quantum optics

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