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Professor in the Department of PhysicsPh102+44 (0) 191 33 43574
Member of Quantum Light and Matter  


I read Physics at Keble College, Oxford graduating with first class honours in 1994. I remained in Oxford at Linacre College for my D.Phil. on laser spectroscopy of muonium with Patrick Baird and Pat Sandars. I was then awarded a Lindemann Fellowship and moved to Boulder, Colorado to work with Carl Wieman at JILA on Bose-Einstein condensation. I returned to Oxford in 2001 as a postdoctoral researcher with Chris Foot and secured a Junior Research Fellowship at Brasenose College. In 2002 I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship which I transferred to Durham in 2004. I was promoted to Reader in 2008 and full Professor in 2013.

Research interests

  • Bose-Einstein condensation
  • two-species quantum degenerate gases
  • ultracold atomic collisions and Feshbach resonances
  • ultracold molecules
  • bright matter-wave solitons
  • the application of neutral atoms and molecules to quantum simulation and precision measurement

Research groups

  • Quantum Light and Matter

Awarded Grants

  • 2021: (NH) Interfacing Ultracold Polar Molecules with Rydberg atoms: A Hybrid Platform for Quantum Science(£201658.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2020: A platform for quantum physics with ultracold polar molecules(£6000.00 from )
  • 2020: Dilute Quantum Fluids Beyond the Mean-Field(£805212.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2017: QSUM: Quantum Science with Ultracold molecules(£2818172.72 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2017: Understanding Collisions of Ultracold Polar Molecules(£588128.40 from Epsrc)
  • 2016: A Stable Quantum Gas of Fermionic Polar Molecules(£717978.19 from Epsrc)
  • 2014: IAA: SUPERGEN WIND ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES(£20188.01 from Epsrc)
  • 2014: Probing Non-Equilibrium Quantum Many - Body Dynamics with Bright Matter - Wave Solitons(£768689.00 from Epsrc)


Conference Proceeding

  • Claussen, NR, Cornish, SL, Roberts, JL, Cornell, EA & Wieman, CE (2001). Rb-85 BEC near a Feshbach resonance. ATOMIC PHYSICS 17.
  • Meyer, V, Bagayev, SN, Baird, PEG, Bakule, P, Boshier, MG, Breitruck, A, Cornish, SL, Dychkov, S, Eaton, GH, Grossman, A, Hubl, D, Hughes, VW, Jungmann, K, Lane, IC, Liu, YW, Lucas, D, Matyugin, Y, Merkel, J, Putlitz, GZ, Reinhard, I, Sandars, PGH, Santra, R, Schmidt, P, Scott, CA, Toner, WT, Towrie, M, Trager, K, Wasser, C, Willman, L & Yakhontov, V (1998). Measurement of the muonium 1S-2S transition frequency. 1998 CONFERENCE ON PRECISION ELECTROMAGNETIC MEASUREMENTS DIGEST.

Journal Article

Supervision students