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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.  


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)
Detection of applied and ambient forces with a matter-wave magnetic gradiometer
Robertson Billy I., MacKellar Andrew R., Halket James, Gribbon Anna, Pritchard Jonathan D., Arnold Aidan S., Riis Erling, Griffin Paul F.
Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Vol 96, (2017)
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 - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, (2017)
Optical detection of magnetic resonance in nitrogen vacancy centre ensembles in bulk diamond using an off-resonant probe laser beam
Macrae C. D., Fraczek E., Newton M. E., Dhillon H., Bennett A., Markham M., Diggle P., Breeze B. G., Dale M., Savitski V., Griffin P. F., Kemp A., Riis E., McConnell G.
The European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2017, (2017)

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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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Cockcroft Institute / R160525-1
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) McNeil, Brian (Co-investigator) Ronald, Kevin (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Cockcroft Institute
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) McNeil, Brian (Co-investigator) Ronald, Kevin (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Miniaturised cold atom clocks | Halket, James
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) Halket, James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
STFC Strathclyde 2017 DTP
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator)
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Period 01-Oct-2017 - 30-Sep-2021
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / R120526-253
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Mar-2017
Feasibility of Magneto-cardiography in Livestock (QuBeat) - IUK project with Icerobotics
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Ingleby, Stuart (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 30-Sep-2018

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