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Professor Simon Gardiner


BA, MSc (Waikato), Dr rer nat (Innsbruck)

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Professor in the Department of Physics110+44 (0) 191 33 43683
Deputy Executive Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Science +44 (0) 191 33 43683
Member of Quantum Light and Matter  


I am originally from Hamilton, New Zealand. I initially studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Waikato, before changing to Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,subsequently carrying out my doctoral studies in theoretical physics at the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria. I then did postdoctoral work in Potsdam, Hannover, Oxford, and JILA (Colorado), before, in 2005, taking up a lectureship in the Durham University Department of Physics.

Research interests

Theoretical atomic physics, cold-atom physics, quantum nonlinear dynamics. At present, specifically, bright matter-wave solitons in attractively interacting Bose-Einstein condensates, and quantum resonance phenomena in periodically laser-pulsed clouds of cold atoms.

Research groups

  • Quantum Light and Matter

Awarded Grants

  • 2017: Atom-Based Quantum Photonics(£1276337.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2014: Probing Non-Equilibrium Quantum Many - Body Dynamics with Bright Matter - Wave Solitons(£768689.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2014: Scientific Properties of Complex Knots(£337854.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2014: Scientific Properties of Complex Knots(£337854.00 from Leverhulme Trust)


Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Proukakis, N.P. Gardiner, S.A. Davis, M.J. & Szymanska, M.H. (2013). Quantum Gases: Finite temperature and Non-Equilibrium Dynamics. Cold Atoms. Imperial College Press.

Journal Article

Supervision students