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Prof. Kevin Weatherill, MPhys, Ph.D.

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Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43666
Room number: 118

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Research Groups

Department of Physics

  • Quantum Light and Matter

Research Interests

  • Cold Ion and Electron Beams from Laser-cooled Atoms
  • Rydberg Non-linear optics
  • Terahertz sensing and imaging using Rydberg atoms

Teaching Areas

  • Leader of Level 3 Atomic and Optics Laboratories
  • PHYS4121 LASER PHYSICS Lecture Course (20 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Pritchard, J.D., Weatherill, K.J. & Adams, C.S. (2013). Nonlinear optics using cold Rydberg atoms. In Annual Review of Cold Atoms and Molecules. Kirk Madison Yiqiu Wang, Ana Maria Rey & Prof Kai Bongs World Scientific. 1: 301-350.

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Physics: Atom-light interactions.
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics: Atom-light interactions.
  • Physics: Quantum and atomic physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics: Quantum and atomic physics
  • Atomic particles: Basic matter:


Selected Grants

  • 2019: Electromagnetic Sensing, Imaging and Metrology using Rydberg Atoms (£568448.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2018: MACQSIMAL: Minature Atomic Vapour Cells Based Quantum Devices for Sensing and Metrology Applications (£428739.58 from Interreg (ERDF) Europe)
  • 2017: Atom-Based Quantum Photonics (£1276337.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2017: QUARTZ: Quantum teRaherTZ Sensor using rydberg atoms (£165199.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2017: Quantum Technologies Hub - Partnership Resource (£172626.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2016: Microwave and THz Sensing using Rydberg Atoms (£10000.00 from University of Birmingham)
  • 2016: PhD Studentship on THz Sensing and Imaging (£36000.00 from M Squared Lasers Ltd)
  • 2015: Compact ion-sources based on surface-patterned atom chips (£100136.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2015: Quantum optics in thermal strontium vapour (£14944.00 from The Royal Society)
  • 2015: Rydberg soft matter (£609091.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2013: Cold ion production by photoionisation of ultracold atoms with stablised lasers (£6000.00 from The Royal Society)
  • 2013: Paul Instrument Fund (£73694.00 from The Royal Society)