Professor Erling Riis

Head Of Department


Personal statement

Erling Riis joined the Physics Department in 1991 after having worked as a post-doc with Nobel Laureate Steven Chu at Stanford for two years. Initially research at Strathclyde concentrated on high-resolution atomic spectroscopy and the development of the highly specialised laser sources required for these experiments. This work also formed the foundation of the establishment of activities at Strathclyde in laser cooling of atoms.

Presently this work ranges from fundamental studies of atom interferometry to the development of a platform for miniaturising cold atom based quantum technology.  


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

Stanford-Strathclyde Quantum Technology Workshop
Innovate UK (External organisation)
The Danish Council for Independent Research (External organisation)
External Examiner, NUI Galway
External Examiner
International Conference for Laser Spectroscopy
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) (External organisation)

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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
Scott Thomas PhD studentship - NPL
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Oct-2020
Industrial Case Account 2016 | Bevington, Patrick
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Bevington, Patrick (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2019
Industrial Case Account 2015 | Thomas, Scott James
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Thomas, Scott James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2019
X-ray production and imaging using ultra intense lasers | Jawahar, Sharat
Lockerbie, Nicholas (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Jawahar, Sharat (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2012 - 01-Mar-2016
Single-atom-resolved detection and manipulation of strongly correlated fermions in an optical lattice (FERMILATT) | Cotta, Dylan
Kuhr, Stefan (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Cotta, Dylan (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2012 - 01-May-2016

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