Professor Erling Riis


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.  


A digital alkali spin maser
Ingleby Stuart, Griffin Paul, Dyer Terry, Mrozowski Marcin, Riis Erling
Scientific Reports Vol 12 (2022)
Silicon nitride waveguide polarization rotator and polarization beam splitter for chip-scale atomic systems
Gallacher Kevin, Griffin Paul F, Riis Erling, Sorel Marc, Paul Douglas J
APL Photonics Vol 7 (2022)
Accurate optically pumped magnetometer based on Ramsey-style interrogation
Hunter Dominic, Dyer Terry E, Riis Erling
Optics Letters Vol 47, pp. 1230-1233 (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)
Enabling the mass production of a chip-scale laser cooling platform
Bregazzi Alan, Dyer Sean, Griffin Paul F, Burt David P, Arnold Aidan S, Riis Erling, McGilligan James P
Proceedings Volume 11881, Quantum Technology, Driving Commercialisation of an Enabling Science II (2021) (2021)
Stand-alone vacuum cell for compact ultracold quantum technologies
Burrow Oliver S, Osborn Paul F, Boughton Edward, Mirando Francesco, Burt David P, Griffin Paul F, Arnold Aidan S, Riis Erling
Applied Physics Letters Vol 119 (2021)

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Professional activities

Quantum Technology Showcase 2019
Scottish Centre for Innovation in quantum computing and simulation (External organisation)
Israel Science Foundation (External organisation)
Towards a compact atomic clock based on coherent population trapping and the grating magneto-optical trap
CLEO 2019 (Event)
Peer reviewer
International Conference on laser Spectroscopy (Event)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


International Network for Microfabrication of Atomic Quantum Sensors (International networks in quantum technologies)
McGilligan, James Patrick (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
14-Jan-2022 - 13-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | MacDonald, Fiona
Griffin, Paul (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator) MacDonald, Fiona (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2025
Workshop on Optically Pumped Magnetometers (WOPM21)
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Combining optically pumped magnetic gradiometers with brain stimulation for understanding causal brain connectivity (Cell partnership project)
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Scott Thomas PhD studentship - NPL | Dyer, Sean
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Dyer, Sean (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
DISCOVERY: Developing UK Industrial Supply for Commercial Quantum Computing (IUK Technology project)
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Pritchard, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Ward, Jeremy Stuart (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023

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