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Prof Simon Cornish, MA (Oxon), DPhil

Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43574
Room number: 102
Head of Section for Quantum Light and Matter

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Research Groups

Department of Physics

  • Quantum Light and Matter

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Helm, J. L., Billam, T. P., Rakonjac, A., Cornish, S. L. & Gardiner, S. A. (2018). Spin-Orbit-Coupled Interferometry with Ring-Trapped Bose-Einstein Condensates. Physical Review Letters 120(6): 063201
  • Gregory, P.D., Blackmore, J.A., Aldegunde, J., Hutson, J.M. & Cornish, S.L. (2017). AC Stark Effect in Ultracold Polar 87Rb133Cs Molecules. Physical Review A 96(2): 021402(R).
  • Guttridge, A., Hopkins, S.A., Kemp, S.L., Frye, M.D., Hutson, J.M. & Cornish, S.L. (2017). Interspecies thermalization in an ultracold mixture of Cs and Yb in an optical trap. Physical Review A 96(1): 012704.
  • Hopkins, S.A., Butler, K., Guttridge, A., Kemp, S., Cornish, S.L., Freytag, R., Hinds, E.A. & Tarbutt, M.R. (2016). A versatile dual-species Zeeman slower for caesium and ytterbium. Review of Scientific Instruments 87(4): 043109.
  • Gregory, P.D., Aldegunde, J., Hutson, J.M. & Cornish, S.L. (2016). Controlling the rotational and hyperfine state of ultracold Rb87Cs133 molecules. Physical Review A 94(4): 041403(R).
  • Guttridge, A., Hopkins, S. A., Kemp, S. L., Boddy, D., Freytag, R., Jones, M. P. A., Tarbutt, M. R., Hinds, E. A. & Cornish, S. L. (2016). Direct loading of a large Yb MOT on the 1S0 → 3P1 transition. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 49(14): 145006.
  • Molony, P.K., Kumar, A., Gregory, P.D., Kliese, R., Puppe, T., Le Sueur, C.R., Aldegunde, J., Hutson, J.M. & Cornish, S.L. (2016). Measurement of the binding energy of ultracold 87Rb133Cs molecules using an offset-free optical frequency comb. Physical Review A 94(2): 022507.
  • Rakonjac, A., Marchant, A.L., Billam, T.P., Helm, J.L., Yu, M.M.H., Gardiner, S.A. & Cornish, S.L. (2016). Measuring the disorder of vortex lattices in a Bose-Einstein condensate. Physical Review A 93(1): 013607.
  • Kemp, S.L., Butler, K.L., Freytag, R., Hopkins, S.A., Hinds, E.A., Tarbutt, M.R. & Cornish, S.L. (2016). Production and characterisation of a dual species magneto-optical trap of cesium and ytterbium. Review of Scientific Instruments 87(2): 023105.
  • Molony, P.K., Gregory, P.D., Kumar, A., Le Sueur, C.R., Hutson, J.M. & Cornish, S.L. (2016). Production of ultracold 87Rb133Cs in the absolute ground state: complete characterisation of the STIRAP transfer. ChemPhysChem 17(22): 3811-3817.
  • Marchant, A.L., Billam, T.P., Yu, M.M.H., Rakonjac, A., Helm, J.L., Polo, J., Weiss, C., Gardiner, S.A. & Cornish, S.L. (2016). Quantum reflection of bright solitary matter waves from a narrow attractive potential. Physical Review A 93(2): 021604(R).
  • Liu, I.-K., Pattinson, R.W., Billam, T.P., Gardiner, S.A., Cornish, S.L., Huang, T.-M., Lin, W.-W., Gou, S.-C., Parker, N.G. & Proukakis, N.P. (2016). Stochastic growth dynamics and composite defects in quenched immiscible binary condensates. Physical Review A 93(2): 023628.
  • Weiss, C., Cornish, S.L., Gardiner, S.A. & Breuer, H.-P. (2016). Superballistic center-of-mass motion in one-dimensional attractive Bose gases: Decoherence-induced Gaussian random walks in velocity space. Physical Review A 93(1): 103605.
  • Gregory, P. D., Molony, P. K., Köppinger, M. P., Kumar, A., Ji, Z., Lu, B., Marchant, A. L. & Cornish, S. L. (2015). A simple, versatile laser system for the creation of ultracold ground state molecules. New Journal of Physics 17: 055006.
  • Hanley, Ryan K., Gregory, Philip D., Hughes, Ifan G. & Cornish, Simon L. (2015). Absolute absorption on the potassium D lines: theory and experiment. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 48(19): 195004.
  • Helm, J.L., Cornish, S.L. & Gardiner, S.A. (2015). Sagnac interferometry using bright matter-wave solitons. Physical Review Letters 114(13): 134101.
  • Molony, Peter K., Gregory, Philip D., Ji, Zhonghua, Lu, Bo, Köppinger, Michael P., Le Sueur, C. Ruth, Blackley, Caroline L., Hutson, Jeremy M. & Cornish, Simon L. (2014). Creation of Ultracold 87Rb133Cs Molecules in the Rovibrational Ground State. Physical Review Letters 113(25): 255301.
  • Köppinger, M.P., McCarron, D.J., Jenkin, D.L., Molony, P.K., Cho, H.W., Cornish, S.L., Le Sueur, C.R., Blackley, C.L. & Hutson, J.M. (2014). Production of optically trapped 87RbCs Feshbach molecules. Physical Review A: atomic, molecular and optical physics 89(3): 033604.
  • Fan, Isaac, Chang, Chun-Yu, Wang, Li-Bang, Cornish, Simon L., Shy, Jow-Tsong & Liu, Yi-Wei (2014). Refined determination of the muonium-deuterium 1S-2S isotope shift through improved frequency calibration of iodine lines. Physical Review A 89(3): 032513.
  • Köppinger, M.P., Gregory, P.D., Jenkin, D.L., McCarron, D.J., Marchant, A.L. & Cornish, S.L. (2014). Repeated output coupling of ultracold Feshbach molecules from a Cs BEC. New Journal of Physics 16(11): 115016.
  • Marchant, A.L., Billam, T.P., Wiles, T.P., Yu, M.M.H., Gardiner, S.A. & Cornish, S.L. (2013). Controlled formation and reflection of a bright solitary matter-wave. Nature Communications 4: 1865.
  • Pattinson, R. W., Billam, T. P., Gardiner, S. A., McCarron, D. J., Cho, H. W., Cornish, S. L., Parker, N. G. & Proukakis, N. P. (2013). Equilibrium solutions for immiscible two-species Bose-Einstein condensates in perturbed harmonic traps. Physical Review A 87(1): 013625.
  • Blackley, Caroline L., Le Sueur, C. Ruth, Hutson, Jeremy M., McCarron, Daniel J., Köppinger, Michael P., Cho, Hung-Wen, Jenkin, Daniel L. & Cornish, Simon L. (2013). Feshbach resonances in ultracold 85Rb. Physical Review A 87(3): 033611.
  • Cho, H.W., McCarron, D.J., Koppinger, M.P., Jenkin, D.L., Butler, K.L., Julienne, P.S., Blackley, C.L., Le Sueur, C.R., Hutson, J.M. & Cornish, S.L. (2013). Feshbach spectroscopy of an ultracold mixture of Rb-85 and Cs-133. Physical Review A 87(1): 010703(R).
  • Gertjerenken, B., Billam, T.P., Blackley, C.L., Le Sueur, C.R., Khaykovich, L., Cornish, S.L. & Weiss, C. (2013). Generating Mesoscopic Bell States via Collisions of Distinguishable Quantum Bright Solitons. Physical Review Letters 111(10): 100406.
  • Marchant, A.L., Händel, S., Hopkins, S.A., Wiles, T.P. & Cornish, S.L. (2012). Bose-Einstein condensation of 85Rb by direct evaporation in an optical dipole trap. Physical Review A 85(5): 053647.
  • Händel, S., Marchant, A. L., Wiles, T. P., Hopkins, S. A. & Cornish, S. L. (2012). Magnetic transport apparatus for the production of ultracold atomic gases in the vicinity of a dielectric surface. Review of Scientific Instruments 83(1): 013105.
  • Cho, H.W., McCarron, D.J., Jenkin, D.L., Koeppinger, M.P. & Cornish, S.L. (2011). A high phase-space density mixture of (87)Rb and (133)Cs: towards ultracold heteronuclear molecules. The European Physical Journal D 65(1-2): 125-131.
  • Kemp, Stefan L., Hughes, Ifan G. & Cornish, Simon L. (2011). An analytical model of off-resonant Faraday rotation in hot alkali metal vapours. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 44(23): 235004.
  • Jenkin, D. L., McCarron, D. J., Koppinger, M. P., Cho, H. W., Hopkins, S. A. & Cornish, S. L. (2011). Bose-Einstein condensation of 87Rb in a levitated crossed dipole trap. The European Physical Journal D 65(1-2): 11-18.
  • McCarron, D.J., Cho, H.W., Jenkin, D.L., Koeppinger, M.P. & Cornish, S.L. (2011). Dual-species Bose-Einstein condensate of (87)Rb and (133)Cs. Physical Review A 84(1): 011603.
  • Marchant, A. L., Händel, S., Wiles, T. P., Hopkins, S. A. & Cornish, S. L. (2011). Guided transport of ultracold gases of rubidium up to a room-temperature dielectric surface. New Journal of Physics 13(12): 125003.
  • Haendel, S., Wiles, T.P., Marchant, A.L., Hopkins, S.A., Adams, C.S. & Cornish, S.L. (2011). Magnetic merging of ultracold atomic gases of (85)Rb and (87)Rb. Physcial Review A 83(5): 053633.
  • Marchant, Anna L., Haendel, Sylvi, Wiles, Timothy P., Hopkins, Stephen A., Adams, Charles S. & Cornish, Simon L. (2011). Off-resonance laser frequency stabilization using the Faraday effect. Optics Letters 36(1): 64-66.
  • Billam, T. P., Cornish, S. L. & Gardiner, S. A. (2011). Realizing bright-matter-wave-soliton collisions with controlled relative phase. Physical Review A 83(4): 041602.
  • Parker, N.G., Martin, A.M., Adams, C.S. & Cornish, S.L. (2009). Bright solitary waves of trapped atomic Bose-Einstein condensates. Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 238(15): 1456-1461.
  • Cornish, S.L., Parker, N.G., Martin, A.M., Judd, T.E., Scott, R.G., Fromhold, T.M. & Adams, C.S. (2009). Quantum reflection of bright matter-wave solitons. Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 238(15): 1299-1305.
  • Ticknor, C., Parker, N.G., Melatos, A., Cornish, S.L., O'Dell, D.H.J. & Martin, A.M. (2008). Collapse times of dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates. Physical Review A 78(6): 061607.
  • Parker, N.G., Martin, A.M., Cornish, S.L. & Adams, C.S. (2008). Collisions of bright solitary matter waves. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 41(4): 045303.
  • Harris, M.L., Tierney, P. & Cornish, S.L. (2008). Magnetic trapping of a cold Rb-Cs atomic mixture. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 41(5): 059803.
  • McCarron, D.J., King, S.A. & Cornish, S.L. (2008). Modulation transfer spectroscopy in atomic rubidium. Measurement Science and Technology 19(10): 105601.
  • Harris, M.L., Cornish, S.L., Tripathi, A. & Hughes, I.G. (2008). Optimization of sub-Doppler DAVLL on the rubidium D2 line. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 41(8): 085401.
  • McCarron, Daniel J., Hughes, Ifan G., Tierney, Patrick & Cornish, Simon L. (2007). A heated vapor cell unit for dichroic atomic vapor laser lock in atomic rubidium. REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS 78(9): 093106.
  • Parker, N.G., Cornish, S.L., Adams, C.S. & Martin, A.M. (2007). Bright solitary waves and trapped solutions in Bose-Einstein condensates with attractive interactions. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B-ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS 40(15): 3127-3142.
  • Millett-Sikking, Alfred, Hughes, Ifan G., Tierney, Patrick & Cornish, Simon L. (2007). DAVLL lineshapes in atomic rubidium. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 40(1): 187-198.
  • Cornish, SL, Thompson, ST & Wieman, CE (2006). Formation of bright matter-wave solitons during the collapse of attractive Bose-Einstein condensates. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 96(17): 170401.
  • Harris, ML, Adams, CS, Cornish, SL, McLeod, IC, Tarleton, E & Hughes, IG (2006). Polarization spectroscopy in rubidium and cesium. PHYSICAL REVIEW A 73(6): 062509.
  • Pritchard, Matthew J., Arnold, Aidan S., Cornish, Simon L., Hallwood, David W., Pleasant, Chris V.S. & Hughes, Ifan G. (2006). Transport of launched cold atoms with a laser guide and pulsed magnetic fields. New Journal of Physics 8: 309.
  • Ma, ZY, Foot, CJ & Cornish, SL (2004). Optimized evaporative cooling using a dimple potential: an efficient route to Bose-Einstein condensation. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B-ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS 37(15): 3187-3195.
  • Cornish, SL & Cassettari, D (2003). Recent progress in Bose-Einstein condensation experiments. "Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences" 361(1813): 2699-2713.
  • Thomas, AM, Hopkins, S, Cornish, SL & Foot, CJ (2003). Strong evaporative cooling towards Bose-Einstein condensation of a magnetically trapped caesium gas. JOURNAL OF OPTICS B-QUANTUM AND SEMICLASSICAL OPTICS 5(2): S107-S111.
  • Ma, ZY, Thomas, AM, Foot, CJ & Cornish, SL (2003). The evaporative cooling of a gas of caesium atoms in the hydrodynamic regime. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B-ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS 36(16): 3533-3540.
  • Roberts, JL, Claussen, NR, Cornish, SL, Donley, EA, Cornell, EA & Wieman, CE (2001). Controlled collapse of a Bose-Einstein condensate. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 86(19): 4211-4214.
  • Donley, EA, Claussen, NR, Cornish, SL, Roberts, JL, Cornell, EA & Wieman, CE (2001). Dynamics of collapsing and exploding Bose-Einstein condensates. NATURE 412(6844): 295-299.
  • Roberts, JL, Burke, JP, Claussen, NR, Cornish, SL, Donley, EA & Wieman, CE (2001). Improved characterization of elastic scattering near a Feshbach resonance in Rb-85. PHYSICAL REVIEW A 64(2): art. no.-024702.
  • Bakule, P, Baird, PEG, Boshier, MG, Cornish, SL, Heller, DF, Jungmann, K, Lane, IC, Meyer, V, Sandars, PHG, Toner, WT, Towrie, M & Walling, JC (2000). A chirp-compensated, injection-seeded alexandrite laser. APPLIED PHYSICS B-LASERS AND OPTICS 71(1): 11-17.
  • Cornish, SL, Liu, YW, Lane, IC, Baird, PEG, Barwood, GP, Taylor, P & Rowley, WRC (2000). Interferometric measurements of I-127(2) reference frequencies for 1S-2S spectroscopy in muonium, hydrogen, and deuterium. JOURNAL OF THE OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA B-OPTICAL PHYSICS 17(1): 6-10.
  • Roberts, J. L., Claussen, N. R., Cornish, S. L. and & Wieman, C. E. (2000). Magnetic Field Dependence of Inelastic Collisions Near a Feshbach Resonance. APS Meeting Abstracts 203-.
  • Hopkins, SA, Webster, S, Arlt, J, Bance, P, Cornish, S, Marago, O & Foot, CJ (2000). Measurement of elastic cross section for cold cesium collisions. PHYSICAL REVIEW A 61(3): art. no.-032707.
  • Meyer, V, Bagayev, SN, Baird, PEG, Bakule, P, Boshier, MG, Breitruck, A, Cornish, SL, Dychkov, S, Eaton, GH, Grossmann, A, Hubl, D, Hughes, VW, Jungmann, K, Lane, IC, Liu, YW, Lucas, D, Matyugin, Y, Merkel, J, Putlitz, GZ, Reinhard, I, Sandars, PGH, Santra, R, Schmidt, PV, Scott, CA, Toner, WT, Towrie, M, Trager, K, Willmann, L & Yakhontov, V (2000). Measurement of the 1s-2s energy interval in muonium. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 84(6): 1136-1139.
  • Cornish, SL, Claussen, NR, Roberts, JL, Cornell, EA & Wieman, CE (2000). Stable Rb-85 Bose-Einstein condensates with widely tunable interactions. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 85(9): 1795-1798.
  • Hopkinson, DA, Cornish, SL, Edwards, NH, Baird, PEG, Cockburn, A & Cameron, K (1996). DFB laser diode operation at 77 K. MEASUREMENT SCIENCE \& TECHNOLOGY 7(5): 792-795.

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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