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Professor in the Department of Physics+44 (0) 191 33 43574


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


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