Dr Aidan Arnold

Senior Lecturer


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 (now 95%) 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.



High-precision control of static magnetic field magnitude, orientation, and gradient using optically pumped vapour cell magnetometry
Ingleby S. J., Griffin P. F., Arnold A. S., Chouliara M., Riis E.
Review of Scientific Instruments Vol 88, (2017)
Grating chips for quantum technologies
McGilligan James P., Griffin Paul F., Elvin Rachel, Ingleby Stuart J., Riis Erling, Arnold Aidan S.
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
Magnetometry optimisation in unshielded environments
Arnold Aidan, Griffin Paul, Riis Erling, Kale Yogeshwar, Ingleby Stuart, Henderson Victoria, Elvin Rachel, McGilligan James Patrick
47th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, (2016)
UK National Quantum Technologies Hub in sensors and metrology
Bongs K., Boyer V., Cruise M. A., Freise A., Holynski M., Hughes J., Kaushik A., Lien Y.-H., Niggebaum A., Perea-Ortiz M., Petrov P., Plant S., Singh Y., Stabrawa A., Paul D. J., Sorel M., Cumming D. R. S., Marsh J. H., Bowtell R. W., Bason M. G., Beardsley R. P., Campion R. P., Brookes M. J., Fernholz T., Fromhold T. M., Hackermuller L., Krüger P., Li X., Maclean J. O., Mellor C. J., Novikov S. V., Orucevic F., Rushforth A. W., Welch N., Benson T. M., Wildman R. D., Freegarde T., Himsworth M., Ruostekoski J., Smith P., Tropper A., Griffin P. F., Arnold A. S., Riis E., Hastie J. E., Paboeuf D., Parrotta D. C., Garraway B. M., Pasquazi A., Peccianti M., Hensinger W., Potter E., Nizamani A. H., Bostock H., Rodriguez Blanco A., Sinuco-Leon G., Hill I. R., Williams R. A., Gill P., Hempler N., Malcolm G. P. A., Cross T., Kock B. O., Maddox S., John P.
Quantum OpticsProceedings of SPIE Vol 9900, pp. 990009-1-990009-7, (2016)
Design and fabrication of diffractive atom chips for laser cooling and trapping
Cotter J. P., McGilligan J. P., Griffin P. F., Rabey I. M., Docherty K., Riis E., Arnold A. S., Hinds E. A.
Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics Vol 122, (2016)
Diffraction grating characterisation for cold-atom experiments
McGilligan J. P., Griffin P. F., Riis E., Arnold A. S.
Journal of the Optical Society of America B Vol 33, pp. 1271-1277, (2016)

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Professional activities

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

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Johnson, Matthew
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Johnson, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2019
Quantum technologies using Diffractive Optical Structures (Phase II)
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Pritchard, Jonathan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 01-Mar-2018
QuDOS II: Quantum technologies using Diffractive Optical Structures (Phase II)
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Pritchard, Jonathan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-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)
Period 02-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Offer, Rachel Frances
Arnold, Aidan (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Offer, Rachel Frances (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Apr-2018
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | McGilligan, James Patrick
Arnold, Aidan (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) McGilligan, James Patrick (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2017

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