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 imaging solution for chip-scale laser cooling
Bregazzi A, Griffin P F, Arnold A S, Burt D P, Martinez G, Boudot R, Kitching J, Riis E, McGilligan J P
Applied Physics Letters (2021)
Roadmap on atomtronics : state of the art and perspective
Amico L, Boshier M, Birkl G, Minguzzi A, Miniatura C, Kwek L-C, Aghamalyan D, Ahufinger V, Anderson D, Andrei N, Arnold A S, Baker M, Bell T A, Bland T, Brantut J P, Cassettari D, Chetcuti W J, Chevy F, Citro R, De Palo S, Dumke R, Edwards M, Folman R, Fortagh J, Gardiner S A, Garraway B M, Gauthier G, Günther A, Haug T, Hufnagel C, Keil M, Ireland P, Lebrat M, Li W, Longchambon L, Mompart J, Morsch O, Naldesi P, Neely T W, Olshanii M, Orignac E, Pandey S, Pérez-Obiol A, Perrin H, Piroli L, Polo J, Pritchard A L, Proukakis N P, Rylands C, Rubinsztein-Dunlop H, Scazza F, Stringari S, Tosto F, Trombettoni A, Victorin N, Klitzing W von, Wilkowski D, Xhani K, Yakimenko A
AVS Quantum Science Vol 3 (2021)
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)

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Professional activities

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

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | MacCuish, Iain
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) MacCuish, Iain (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024
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

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