Dr Aidan Arnold



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.



A simple, powerful diode laser system for atomic physics
Daffurn Andrew, Offer Rachel F, Arnold Aidan S
Applied Optics Vol 60, pp. 5832-5836 (2021)
Gouy phase-matched angular and radial mode conversion in four-wave mixing
Offer Rachel F, Daffurn Andrew, Riis Erling, Griffin Paul F, Arnold Aidan S, Franke-Arnold Sonja
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Vol 103 (2021)
Towards a compact, optically-interrogated, cold-atom microwave clock
Elvin Rachel, Wright Michael W, Lewis Ben, Keliehor Brendan L, Bregazzi Alan, McGilligan James P, Arnold Aidan S, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Advanced Optical Technologies Vol 9, pp. 297-303 (2020)
Laser cooling in a chip-scale platform
McGilligan J P, Moore K R, Dellis A, Martinez G D, de Clercq E, Griffin P F, Arnold A S, Riis E, Boudot R, Kitching J
Applied Physics Letters Vol 117 (2020)
Optical characterisation of micro-fabricated Fresnel zone plates for atomic waveguides
Henderson V A, Johnson M Y H, Kale Y B, Griffin P F, Riis E, Arnold A S
Optics Express Vol 28, pp. 9072-9081 (2020)
Progress of a compact microwave clock based on atoms cooled with a diffractive optic
Elvin Rachel, Hoth Gregory W, Wright Michael, Lewis Ben, Bregazzi Alan, Keliehor Brendan, Arnold Aidan S, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Proceedings Optical, Opto-Atomic, and Entanglement-Enhanced Precision Metrology II SPIE Photonics West 2020 Proceedings of SPIE Vol 11296, pp. 1129609 (2020)

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Professional activities

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

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Alexakis, Emmanouil
Arnold, Aidan (Principal Investigator) Cameron, Robert (Co-investigator) Alexakis, Emmanouil (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Compact optics for high performance portable atomic timing and quantum sensors
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing
Hastie, Jennifer (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Hastie, Jennifer (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2024
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)
gMOT: Scalable manufacture and evaluation of miniature cold atom traps
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

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