Group photo of ion trapping group (July 2019)
Top from left: Professor Richard Thompson, Jacopo Mosca-Toba, Brian Willey, Wai Qian Tham, Dr Simon Webster, Ollie Corfield, Dr Florian Mintert.                                                                                                        Bottom from left: Chungsun Lee, Yudi Wu, Dr Johannes Heinrich, Jake Lishman.

Group photo July 2019

 

 

 

 

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People

Permanent Staff

Prof. Richard Thompson

Email: r.thompson@imperial.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7594 3606 
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1973-76 BA (Physics), University of Oxford
1976-80 DPhil (Atomic Spectroscopy), University of Oxford
1981-82 Post-Doctoral R A, Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe
1982-83 Post-Doctoral R A, University of Oxford
1983-86 Researcher, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington
1986-92 Lecturer, Imperial College London
1992-2003 Reader, Imperial College London
2003-    Professor, Imperial College London

Richard did his DPhil at the University of Oxford in the area of atomic spectroscopy (pressure broadening of spectral lines). He then spent a year working at the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe on laser spectroscopy of unstable isotopes. After a further year in Oxford working mainly on the Oxford atomic parity violation experiment he moved to the National Physical Laboratory where he was involved in the first UK experiment on laser cooling of trapped ions. He moved to Imperial College as a lecturer in 1986 where he set up experiments on quantum optics with laser-cooled trapped ions. These experiments now include work on Coulomb crystals and ultrahigh resolution spectroscopy.  He is also currently involved in the SPECTRAP project at GSI Darmstadt. He is now a Professor of Experimental Physics at Imperial College.


Dr. Florian Mintert

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2000      Diploma, University of Hamburg
2004      PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
2004-05 PostDoc with Luiz Davidovich, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro
2005-07 PostDoc with Eric J. Heller, Harvard, Cambridge MA
2007-10 PostDoc with Andreas Buchleitner, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
2010-13 Group leader, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
2013-    Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

Florian worked with Christof Wunderlich in Hamburg, developing ideas for microwave control of trapped ions. He received his PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich for work on entanglement measures with Andreas Buchleitner. After being PostDoc in Rio de Janerio, Cambridge MA and Freiburg, he was the group leader at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Since 2013, he is at Imperial College working on optimal control of quantum systems, in particular of trapped ions. 
 
 

 


Brian Willey

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Roles:
1986-     Research technician, Department of Physics, Imperial College London. 
1997-      QOLS Group Safety Coordinator, Imperial College London
1998-      Departmental Laser Safety Officer, Imperial College London

 

Brian joined Imperial in 1979, initially maintaining and building equipment for the 1.5 metre infrared telescope in Tenerife. In 1984 he moved to the Physics Instrumentation Workshop manufacturing equipment for the various Groups within the Department. He transferred to what was then the Spectroscopy Group in 1986, working with Dr Dick Learner and Prof Jean-Patrick Connerade on Fourier transform spectroscopy and atomic fields. On their retirements he worked with Prof Roland Smith on the Cerberus laser beam line, and the ion trapping group run jointly by Prof Danny Segal and Prof Richard Thompson. He is currently involved in the development and construction of a novel linear RF ion trap.

 

 

 

 


Prof. Danny Segal (27/8/1960 - 23/9/2015)

Prof. Danny SegalPlease click here to read a tribute to Danny

1980-83 BSc (Physics), University of Manchester
1984-88 PhD, Imperial College
1988-91 Post-Doctoral R A, University of Oxford
1991-93 Post-Doctoral R A, Imperial College London
1993-98 EPSRC Advanced Fellow, Imperial College London
1998-2001 Lecturer, Imperial College London
2001-04 Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
2004-11 Reader, Imperial College London
2011-15 Professor and Senior Tutor of Physics, Imperial College London

Danny did his PhD and early post-doctoral work in collision physics before joining the ion trapping group at Imperial College, initially as a post doc. He is now a Professor of Quantum Optics and his interests lie in using trapped ions for experiments in quantum optics and for tests of fundamental physics. He has been involved in the co-ordination of a number of EU networks including QUBITS, QGATES and SCALA. He was also involved in a collaboration with the Open University (UK) and the University of Hertfordshire (UK) on giant Kerr nonlinearities in EIT systems and has been a visiting Professor at the University of Paris XIII.

 

Danny Segal was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2014.  Although he was not well enough to return to work after this, he continued to participate in group activities remotely for as long as he could.  Sadly the treatment he received was not able to prevent the growth of the tumour and he passed away in October 2015.

On Wednesday 16th March 2016, a celebration of the life of our friend and colleague Danny Segal took place at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London. There was a session of talks, followed by an evening of music. Videos from the event can be found here.

Read more about Professor Danny Segal:

Thompson RC, 2018, Professor Danny Segal - scientist and scholarJournal of Modern Optics, Vol: 65, Pages: 485-489
Burnett, K, 2018, Professor Daniel M Segal and studies of collision and ‘half-collision’ complexes at imperial College London and Oxford University, Journal of Modern OpticsVol 65, Pages 482-484

Research Associate

Simon Webster

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Johannes Heinrich

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PhD Students

Ollie Corfield 

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2010-14 MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Warwick
2016-17 Msc in Quantum Engineering, Imperial College London
2017-    PhD in Ion Trapping, Imperial College London
 
Ollie completed his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Warwick in 2014, before joining the inaugural CDT in Quantum Systems Engineering at Imperial College.
 
For the past few years he has been working on the design and build of a new RF trap, as well as attempting to extend the group's work on studies of coherence in our Penning trap.

Jake Lishman

Image of Jake Lishman2012-2016 MPhys in Physics, University of Warwick
2016-2017 MSc in Quantum Systems Engineering, Imperial College London
2017-2020 PhD in Physics, Imperial College London

Jake came through the first cohort of the Quantum Systems Engineering skills hub, and now works on the theory side of the group. 

His work so far has been focussed on the creation and detection of motional superpositions in single trapped ions, and most recently on optimal control methods to perform the Mølmer–Sørensen two-ion entangling gate with high fidelities in the presence of experimental imperfections.

 

 

Chungsun Lee

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Jacopo Mosca-Toba

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2014-17 BSc, Kings College London
2017-18 MSc, Imperial College London
2018-19 MRes in Quantum Controlled Dynamics, Imperial College London
2019-    PhD, Imperial College London

Jacopo is currently part of the CDT in Controlled Quantum Dynamics. He completed his BSc in Physics at King’s College London. He then proceeded into an MSc in Physics at Imperial College London, where he grew interest in trapped ions for quantum information processing.

His current research is focused in the optimal control of trapped ions in a linear Paul trap; based in the laboratory of Prof Richard Thompson and co-supervised by Dr Florian Mintert. 

Masters Students

Yudi Wu

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Yudi is currently on the MSc Optics and Photonics course. He completed his BSc in Physics at Imperial College London where he grew interest in optics and lasers.

He is currently conducting his summer project under supervision of Prof Richard Thompson. The project is focused on writing a Python 3 program to interface an Electron Multiplying Charged Coupled Device (EMCCD) camera used to image trapped ions in a linear Paul trap.