Dr Aidan Arnold

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Physics

Personal statement

I work in a variety of areas of atomic physics, focusing in particular on ultracold atomic systems and Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs), but also covering four-wave mixing in atomic vapours. Recent work in our labs on microfabricated atom traps was published as the May 2013 cover story of Nature Nanotechnology.

My DPhil at the University of Sussex led to the first BEC in the UK in 1998. The first Scottish BEC was made in my lab in 2003, and the same experiment was extended to create one of the world’s first magnetic storage rings for BECs, and high-contrast matter-wave interference.

In addition to my experimental work, I have published on theoretical projects both as sole author and collaboratively.

My undergraduate studies (BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, and MSc in Physics) were carried out at the University of Otago in my hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand.

 

Publications

Towards a compact atomic clock based on coherent population trapping and the grating magneto-optical trap
Hoth Gregory W, Elvin Rachel, Wright Michael, Lewis Ben, Arnold Aidan S, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
SPIE Photonics West OPTO, pp. 109342E (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2516612
Spiral bandwidth of four-wave mixing in Rb vapour
Offer R F, Stulga D, Riis E, Franke-Arnold S, Arnold A S
Communications Physics (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s42005-018-0077-5
Vector magnetometry exploiting phase-geometry effects in a double-resonance alignment magnetometer
Ingleby Stuart J, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Griffin Paul F, Arnold Aidan S, Riis Erling
Physical Review Applied Vol 10 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.10.034035
Raman-Ramsey CPT with a grating magneto-optical trap
Elvin Rachel, Hoth Gregory W, Wright Michael W, McGilligan James P, Arnold Aidan S, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
2018 European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF) 2018 European Frequency and Time Forum, pp. 61-64 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1109/EFTF.2018.8408998
Holographically controlled three-dimensional atomic population patterns
Selyem Adam, Fayard Sylvain, Clark Thomas W, Arnold Aidan S, Radwell Neal, Franke-Arnold Sonja
Optics Express Vol 26, pp. 18513-18522 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.26.018513
Talbot-enhanced, maximum-visibility imaging of condensate interference
Zhai Y, Carson C H, Henderson V A, Griffin P F, Riis E, Arnold A S
Optica Vol 5, pp. 80-85 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.5.000080

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Professional activities

External PhD Examiner University of St. Andrews
External Examiner
2012
Seminar at Imperial College
Invited speaker
2011
External PhD Examiner University of Cambridge
External Examiner
2011
Chips for atom/ion trapping: University of Nottingham
Speaker
2011
Quantum Optics workshop: Ross Priory
Speaker
2011
Seminar at University of Sussex
Speaker
2011

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Projects

gMOT: Scalable manufacture and evaluation of miniature cold atom traps IUK project with KNT&TMD
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
QT Hub partnership project with KNT
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
QuDOS II: Quantum technologies using Diffractive Optical Structures (Phase II)
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Pritchard, Jonathan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018
Quantum technologies using Diffractive Optical Structures (Phase II)
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Pritchard, Jonathan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2018
All-Optical Diffractive Element Approach to Compact, Simple, Rapid BEC Creation in Space
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Johnson, Matthew
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Johnson, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2020

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