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Department of Physics

Staff profile

Prof Simon Gardiner, BA, MSc (Waikato), Dr rer nat (Innsbruck)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43683
Room number: 110

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I am originally from Hamilton, New Zealand. I initially studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Waikato, before changing to Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,subsequently carrying out my doctoral studies in theoretical physics at the Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria. I then did postdoctoral work in Potsdam, Hannover, Oxford, and JILA (Colorado), before, in 2005, taking up a lectureship in the Durham University Department of Physics.

Research interests

Theoretical atomic physics, cold-atom physics, quantum nonlinear dynamics. At present, specifically, bright matter-wave solitons in attractively interacting Bose-Einstein condensates, and quantum resonance phenomena in periodically laser-pulsed clouds of cold atoms.

Research Groups

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics


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Edited book

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Selected Grants

  • 2014: Scientific Properties of Complex Knots (£337854.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2014: Scientific Properties of Complex Knots (£337854.00 from Leverhulme Trust)