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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.



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)
Optically pumped magnetometry in arbitrarily oriented magnetic fields
Ingleby S. J., Chalmers I. C., O'Dwyer C., Griffin P. F., Arnold A. S., Riis E.
IEEE Sensors 2017, (2017)
Double-resonance magnetometry in arbitrarily oriented fields
Ingleby Stuart, Riis Erling, Arnold Aidan, Griffin Paul, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Chalmers Iain
Workshop on Optically Pumped Magnetometers 2017, (2017)
Orientational effects on the amplitude and phase of polarimeter signals in double resonance atomic magnetometry
Ingleby Stuart J., O'Dwyer Carolyn, Griffin Paul F., Arnold Aidan S., Riis Erling
Physical Review A, (2017)
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)

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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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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)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 28-Feb-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)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
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

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