Dr Paul Griffin

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I studied for a BSc Physics from the University of Limerick before receiving my PhD in 2005 from Durham University. I went on to become a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, from 2005-2007, after which I came to the University of Strathclyde to work in what was then the Photonics Group. I held a five-year Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellowship starting in 2009. From 2010-2011 I was a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, funded by an award from Marie Curie. In 2015 I was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship at Strathclyde.



Recording the heart beat of cattle using a gradiometer system of optically pumped magnetometers
Sutter Jens U, Lewis Oliver, Robinson Clive, McMahon Anthony, Boyce Robert, Bragg Rachel, Macrae Alastair, Orton Jeffrey, Shah Vishal, Ingleby Stuart J, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture Vol 177 (2020)
A feed-forward measurement scheme for periodic noise suppression in atomic magnetometry
O'Dwyer Carolyn, Ingleby Stuart J, Chalmers Iain C, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Review of Scientific Instruments Vol 91 (2020)
Optical characterisation of micro-fabricated Fresnel zone plates for atomic waveguides
Henderson V A, Johnson M Y H, Kale Y B, Griffin P F, Riis E, Arnold A S
Optics Express Vol 28, pp. 9072-9081 (2020)
Progress of a compact microwave clock based on atoms cooled with a diffractive optic
Elvin Rachel, Hoth Gregory W, Wright Michael, Lewis Ben, Bregazzi Alan, Keliehor Brendan, Arnold Aidan S, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Proceedings Optical, Opto-Atomic, and Entanglement-Enhanced Precision Metrology II SPIE Photonics West 2020 Proceedings of SPIE Vol 11296, pp. 1129609 (2020)
Cold-atom clock based on a diffractive optic
Elvin R, Hoth G W, Wright M, Lewis B, McGilligan J P, Arnold A S, Griffin P F, Riis E
Optics Express Vol 27, pp. 38359-38366 (2019)
Fast piezoelectric scanning MEMS mirror for 1D ion adressing
Janin Paul, Bauer Ralf, Griffin Paul, Riis Erling, Uttamchandani Deepak
IEEE International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN2019) (2019)

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Research interests

My research work looks at experimental methods precision measurements in atomic physics, with an overall aim of developing next generation devices based on truly quantum technology. The main strands of my research are in laser-cooled atoms, atom interferometry, atomic clocks, and atomic magnetometry.

Further details can be found on the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics group homepage - http://photonics.phys.strath.ac.uk 

Professional activities

Quantum Technology Showcase 2019
STEMFest 2019
Glasgow Science Festival - SCOPE event: Science & the Machine
Science @ Strathclyde - Physics laboratory activities
Maritime Enterprise Scotland Conference 2017
Workshop on Miniaturised Atomic Clocks

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Allen, Harrison
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Allen, Harrison (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2018 | Limbu, Binod
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Limbu, Binod (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
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
Translational Quantum Technology Phd Studentship - Birmingham Doctoral Training Programme | Mrozowski, Marcin
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Mrozowski, Marcin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Translational Quantum Technology Phd Studentship - Birmingham Doctoral Training Programme | Keliehor, Brendan
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Keliehor, Brendan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Translational Quantum Technology Phd Studentship - Birmingham Doctoral Training Programme | Irwin, Edward
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Irwin, Edward (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022

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