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.



Micro-machined deep silicon atomic vapor cells
Dyer S, Griffin P F, Arnold A S, Mirando F, Burt D P, Riis E, McGilligan J P
Journal of Applied Physics Vol 132 (2022)
Micro-fabricated components for cold atom sensors
McGilligan J P, Gallacher K, Griffin P F, Paul D J, Arnold A S, Riis E
Review of Scientific Instruments Vol 93 (2022)
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 Vol 119, pp. 184002 (2021)
Enabling the mass production of a chip-scale laser cooling platform
Bregazzi Alan, Dyer Sean, Griffin Paul F, Burt David P, Arnold Aidan S, Riis Erling, McGilligan James P
Proceedings Volume 11881, Quantum Technology, Driving Commercialisation of an Enabling Science II (2021) (2021)
Stand-alone vacuum cell for compact ultracold quantum technologies
Burrow Oliver S, Osborn Paul F, Boughton Edward, Mirando Francesco, Burt David P, Griffin Paul F, Arnold Aidan S, Riis Erling
Applied Physics Letters Vol 119 (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)

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Professional activities

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

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Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2022 | Agnew, Nicola
Arnold, Aidan (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Agnew, Nicola (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
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
Cameron, Robert (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (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
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Hastie, Jennifer (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

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