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Durham University

Quantum Light and Matter

Quantum Light and Matter

The Durham Quantum Light and Matter (QLM) research section encompasses several research groups sharing a common interest in the study of the quantum properties of atoms, molecules and solids and their interactions with light. Our work aims to advance our fundamental understanding of quantum light and matter, whilst exploring a broad range of applications in quantum science, metrology and quantum technologies.

QLM team October 2018

Our research covers experimental and theoretical topics broadly arranged into the following themes:

  • Bose-Einstein condensation and Fermi-degenerate gases
  • Cold and ultracold molecules
  • Quantum computation and simulation
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum technologies
  • Rydberg systems
  • Spectroscopy of thermal vapours

The QLM group is a key partner in the Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle. Founded in 2012, the JQC is broadly dedicated to the research of various aspects of quantum science and technology. The centre is composed of members from the departments of Physics and Chemistry at Durham University and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University, leading to a rich and stimulating research environment.


Postgraduate Recruitment and Open Day 2020

To view PhD positions available to start in October 2021, please click here. To find out more about postgraduate study at Durham, come along to our postgraduate open day on Wednesday 25th November.


Stubbs Scholarship

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the launch of the Stubbs Scholarship, which has been made possible by the generosity of our alumni Drs Rodney (Physics, Van Mildert, 1968-71) and Frances (Physics, St Mary's, 1965-71) Stubbs.

The Scholarship will provide full fees and stipend for postgraduate study in the field of ‘Quantum Light and Matter’ in the Department of Physics.

We are deeply grateful for the support of Rodney and Frances and their ongoing involvement in the Physics Department.

Rodney and Frances Stubbs with Nigel Glover during a visit to the Physics Department in 2018.

Contact Details

Durham University,
Durham,
DH1 3LE,
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2000