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.


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Silicon-nitride photonic integrated circuits for atomic systems
Gallacher Kevin, Di Gaetano Eugenio, Dyer Sean, Kelliehor Brendan, McGilligan James P, Sinclair Martin, Hawley Ugne, Arnold Aidan S, Griffin Paul F, Sorel Marc, Riis Erling, Paul Douglas J
2023 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals Meeting Series (SUM) 2023 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals Meeting Series (SUM) (2023)
Chip-scale packages for a tunable wavelength reference and laser cooling platform
Dyer S, Gallacher K, Hawley U, Bregazzi A, Griffin PF, Arnold AS, Paul DJ, Riis E, McGilligan JP
Physical Review Applied Vol 19 (2023)
Technology roadmap for cold-atoms based quantum inertial sensor in space
Abend Sven, Allard Baptiste, Arnold Aidan S, Ban Ticijana, Barry Liam, Battelier Baptiste, Bawamia Ahmad, Beaufils Quentin, Bernon Simon, Bertoldi Andrea, Bonnin Alexis, Bouyer Philippe, Bresson Alexandre, Burrow Oliver S, Canuel Benjamin, Desruelle Bruno, Drougakis Giannis, Forsberg René, Gaaloul Naceur, Gauguet Alexandre, Gersemann Matthias, Griffin Paul F, Heine Hendrik, Henderson Victoria A, Herr Waldemar, Kanthak Simon, Krutzik Markus, Lachmann Maike D, Lammegger Roland, Magnes Werner, Mileti Gaetano, Mitchell Morgan W, Mottini Sergio, Papazoglou Dimitris, Pereira dos Santos Franck, Peters Achim, Rasel Ernst, Riis Erling, Schubert Christian, Seidel Stephan Tobias, Tino Guglielmo M, Van Den Bossche Mathias, von Klitzing Wolf, Wicht Andreas, Witkowski Marcin, Zahzam Nassim, Zawada Michał
AVS Quantum Science Vol 5 (2023)
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)

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Professional Activities

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

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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
NPL-EPSRC industrial-CASE PhD studentship: Primary thermometry for in-situ traceability (Nicola Agnew)
Arnold, Aidan (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-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
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (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

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Dr Aidan Arnold

Email: aidan.arnold@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3357/3371