Professor Paul Griffin



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.


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778.1 nm distributed feedback lasers for Rb two-photon atomic systems with sub-4 kHz linewidths
Di Gaetano E, Keliehor B, Gallacher K, Griffin PF, Sorel M, Riis E, Paul DJ
APL Photonics Vol 9 (2024)
Three-axis magnetic field detection with a compact, high-bandwidth, single beam zero-field atomic magnetometer
Dawson Rach, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Mrozowski Marcin, Ingleby Stuart, Griffin Paul, Riis Erling
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering Vol 12912 (2024)
Single-board low-noise fluxgate magnetometer
Dyer T, Griffin PF, Riis E
Journal of Applied Physics Vol 135 (2024)
A cold-atom Ramsey clock with a low volume physics package
Bregazzi A, Batori E, Lewis B, Affolderbach C, Mileti G, Riis E, Griffin PF
Scientific Reports Vol 14 (2024)
Optimal binary gratings for multi-wavelength magneto-optical traps
Burrow Oliver S, Fasano Robert J, Brand Wesley, Wright Michael W, Li Wenbo, Ludlow Andrew D, Riis Erling, Griffin Paul F, Arnold Aidan S
Optics Express Vol 31, pp. 40871-40880 (2023)
Portable single-beam cesium zero-field magnetometer for magnetocardiography
Dawson Rach, O'Dwyer Carolyn, Mrozowski Marcin S, Irwin Edward, McGilligan James P, Burt David P, Hunter Dominic, Ingleby Stuart, Rea Molly, Holmes Niall, Brookes Matthew J, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling
Journal of Optical Microsystems Vol 3 (2023)

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I teach the course PH385: Communicating Physics. The motivation behind this course is to develop students’ ability to communicate complex information effectively and concisely. In recent years, working with the Institute of Physics, students on the course have worked in groups to produce short videos that look to explain everyday physical phenomena. These can be viewed on the at these links
Pop Physics 2023
Pop Physics 2024

I am always keen to have research project interns. If you are interested in working in my labs then please email me to start an informal discussion about how we can make it happen.

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Research Interests

My research is broadly in the areas of atomic physics and quantum technologies, using lasers and atoms as probes for precision measurement and for investigating atom-light interactions. A large area of work is focussed on developing next generation devices based on quantum technologies.

The main strands of my research looks at

  • Atomic Clocks
  • Atom interferometry
  • Optically-pumped magnetometry
  • Ultra-cold atoms
  • Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Quantum technologies
  • Space applications of quantum tech
  • Developing components and sub-systems for translating lab research to application-read devices.

I am part of the Experimental Quantum Optics & Photonics group. Further details can be found in our research group webpages ->


Professional Activities

Compact cold atom platforms
Compact cold atom platforms
Physical Review Applied (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Photonics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Research Directions: Quantum Technologies (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Big Bounce 2021

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DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Dorne, Anais Camille Annabel
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Dorne, Anais Camille Annabel (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 01-Jan-2027
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Wells-Pestell, Maximillian
Pritchard, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Wells-Pestell, Maximillian (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Leask, Vaila
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) McGilligan, James Patrick (Co-investigator) Leask, Vaila (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
Chip-scale Atomic Systems for a Quantum Navigator (Programme Grant)
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2023 - 15-Jan-2028
Burrow, Oliver (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
SBRI - Cells for Rb 2-PAC
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Dyer, Terry (Co-investigator) McGilligan, James Patrick (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2025

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Professor Paul Griffin

Tel: 548 5813