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Prof Simon Cornish, MA (Oxon), DPhil, FInstP

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Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43574
Room number: 102

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I read Physics at Keble College, Oxford graduating with first class honours in 1994. I remained in Oxford at Linacre College for my D.Phil. on laser spectroscopy of muonium with Patrick Baird and Pat Sandars. I was then awarded a Lindemann Fellowship and moved to Boulder, Colorado to work with Carl Wieman at JILA on Bose-Einstein condensation. I returned to Oxford in 2001 as a postdoctoral researcher with Chris Foot and secured a Junior Research Fellowship at Brasenose College. In 2002 I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship which I transferred to Durham in 2004. I was promoted to Reader in 2008 and full Professor in 2013.

Research Groups

Department of Physics

  • Quantum Light and Matter

Research Interests

  • Bose-Einstein condensation
  • Bright matter-wave solitons
  • The application of neutral atoms and molecules to quantum simulation and precision measurement
  • Two-species quantum degenerate gases
  • Ultracold atomic collisions and Feshbach resonances
  • Ultracold molecules

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Conference Proceeding

  • Claussen, NR, Cornish, SL, Roberts, JL, Cornell, EA & Wieman, CE (2001). Rb-85 BEC near a Feshbach resonance. ATOMIC PHYSICS 17.

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Selected Grants

  • 2014: IAA: SUPERGEN WIND ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES (£20188.01 from Epsrc)