Past Members

Post-docs

Dr Manuel Vogel

Image of Dr Manuel VogelJun 2007 - Jun 2010

Current placement: GSI Helmholtz research centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

Dr Manuel Vogel has joined the atomic physics department of GSI in Germany and works on projects with highly charged ions in Penning traps, mainly for precision spectroscopy and light-matter interaction studies.

Contact me: EmailResearchGate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Danyal Winters

Image of Dr Danyal WintersJun 2004 - Dec 2005

Current placement: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany

Danyal came to Imperial College in June 2004 and left in December 2005 to work for GSI in Darmstadt starting January 2006. In January 2008, he received a tenure track position at the atomic physics group. Since December 2012, he is a permanent scientific staff member at GSI. He is the `project leader´ of the laser cooling facility to be built at the SIS100 synchrotron of FAIR, and a SPARC laser cooling `working group leader´. Danyal performs laser cooling and laser spectroscopy experiments at the Experimental Storage Ring (ESR) of GSI in Darmstadt, Germany, and at the Cooler Storage Ring for experiments (CSRe) at the IMP in Lanzhou, China. Since 2015, he teaches – every summer semester – at the Technical University of Darmstadt a lecture course titled: atomic physics at accelerators.

Contatct me: EmailLinkedIn

 

Dr Dan Crick

Image of Dan Crick

Mar 2009 - Oct 2014

Current placement: Iconal Technology Ltd., Cambridge.

Dan graduated with a physics degree from the University of Oxford. He then completed a PhD with the ion trapping group at Imperial College London.

Later, he moved from atomic physics to become a science and engineering consultant at TTP in Cambridge. Here, he worked on a wide range of projects, covering medical, biotech, data analytics, high-tech manufacturing and novel sensor development.

Now, he works as a senior technical consultant at Iconal Technology in Cambridge. He is part of a small (but growing) team helping government agencies to tackle non-military security threats by the application of physics and emerging technologies.  

Contact me: LinkedIn

  

 

Dr Joe Goodwin

Image of Joseph GoodwinMar 2015 - Oct 2016

Current placement: Ion Trap Quantum Computing Group, University of Oxford.

After completing his PhD studies, Joseph remained at Imperial for 18 months as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, before joining the Lucas/Steane ion trap group in Oxford in 2016. He has worked on a range of experiments in Oxford, including qubit memory benchmarking, construction of a cryogenic microwave-gate experiment, development of miniaturised integrated trap/vacuum systems, and photon-mediated entanglement of remote ions for distributed quantum computing. 

He is now leading work to develop a novel approach to the construction of ion traps with integrated optical cavities, targeting increased remote entanglement rates and greater reliability, essential for large-scale implementation.

Contact me: Emailwebpage

 

 

Dr Graham Stutter

Image of Graham StutterMar 2016 - Jun 2016

Current placement: Aarhus University, Denmark (based at the Alpha Experiment, CERN)

Since leaving the Ion Trapping Group in mid 2016, Graham have worked on the ALPHA experiment at CERN. They produce, trap and perform laser spectroscopy on antihydrogen atoms. He is part of the team responsible for measuring the 1S — 2S transition frequency, which they compare with the equivalent transition in hydrogen as a test of charge-parity-time symmetry.

Contact me: EmailLinkedInAlpha Experiment web page

PhD Students

Vincent Jarlaud

Image of Vincent Jarlaud

Oct 2014 - Oct 2018

Current placement: Ion Trap Group of Aarhus University, Denmark.

After Vincent completed his PhD at Imperial College, he went to do a postdoc in the Ion Trap Group of Aarhus University in Denmark.

He is currently working on setting up an experiment to perform sympathetic laser cooling of molecular ions in a cryogenic Paul trap. The experiment aims to study light-matter interactions in complex molecules at very low temperatures. 

Thesis: Sideband cooling of ion coulomb crystals in a Penning trap

Contact me: EmailLinkedInResearchGate.

 

Manoj Joshi

Image of Manoj Joshi

Oct 2014 - Oct 2018

Current placement: Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck, Austria.

After Manoj finished his PhD at Imperial, he went to Innsbruck to work with Rainer Blatt and Cristian Roos.

He is currently a post-doctoral researcher from March 2018 at IQOQI, Innsbruck, working on quantum simulations using trapped ions. 

Thesis: Coherent dynamics of trapped ions within and outside the Lamb-Dicke regime

Contact me: EmailLinkedIn

 

Pavel Hrmo

Image of Pavel HrmoOct 2014 -Oct 2018

Current placement: University of Innsbruck, Austria.

After his PhD, Pavel joined the ion trapping group at the University of Innsbruck as a Postdoc, where he works within the quantum information processing team. His focus is on scaling up quantum computation in cryogenic surface traps and implementing quantum error correction algorithms.

Thesis: Ground state cooling of the radial motion of a single ion in a penning trap and coherent manipulation of small numbers of ions

Contact me: EmailLinkedIn

 

James Tarlton (based in NPL)

Image of James TarltonOct 2014 - Feb 2018

Current placement: United Kingdom

After Jamie completed his PhD, he started working in the Civil Service. He is now an operational researcher, using analysis to enable the government to make better decisions.

Contact me: LinkedIn

 

Graham Stutter

Image of Graham StutterMar 2011 - Mar 2016

Current placement: Aarhus University, Denmark (based at the Alpha Experiment, CERN)

Since leaving the Ion Trapping Group in mid 2016, Graham have worked on the ALPHA experiment at CERN. They produce, trap and perform laser spectroscopy on antihydrogen atoms. He is part of the team responsible for measuring the 1S — 2S transition frequency, which they compare with the equivalent transition in hydrogen as a test of charge-parity-time symmetry.

Thesis: Quantum dynamics of small numbers of ions in a penning trap

Contact me: Email, LinkedInAlpha Experiment web page

 

 

Joseph Goodwin

Image of Joseph GoodwinMar 2010 - Mar 2015

Current placement: Ion Trap Quantum Computing Group, University of Oxford.

After completing his PhD studies, Joseph remained at Imperial for 18 months as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, before joining the Lucas/Steane ion trap group in Oxford in 2016. He has worked on a range of experiments in Oxford, including qubit memory benchmarking, construction of a cryogenic microwave-gate experiment, development of miniaturised integrated trap/vacuum systems, and photon-mediated entanglement of remote ions for distributed quantum computing. He is now leading work to develop a novel approach to the construction of ion traps with integrated optical cavities, targeting increased remote entanglement rates and greater reliability, essential for large-scale implementation.

Thesis: Sideband Cooling to the Quantum Ground State in a Penning Trap

Contact me: Emailwebpage

 

Sandeep Mavadia

Jul 2009 - Oct 2013

Thesis: Motional Sideband Spectra and Coulomb Crystals in a Penning Trap‌‌

 

 

Sean Donnellan

Oct 2007 - Oct 2011 

Thesis: Towards Sideband Cooling of a Single 40Ca+ Ion in a Penning Trap

 

 

Shailen Bharadia

Image of Shailen Bharadia

Jul 2007 - Oct 2011

Current placement: Beck Optronic Solutions Limited, Hemel Hempstead, UK. 

After Shailen's PhD, he spent 4 years working as an Optical Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) on projects such as ESA's Tropomi and EarthCARE spectrometers, and SSTL's sub-metre Multispectral Imager.

Shortly after, he joined Beck Optronic Solutions Limited, who design and manufacturer precision optical solutions. He is now in a part of a small team of design consultants there.

Thesis: Towards Laser Spectroscopy of Highly Charged Ions‌

Contact me: Email.

 

Dan Crick

Image of Dan Crick

Oct 2005 - Mar 2009

Current placement: Iconal Technology Ltd., Cambridge.

Dan graduated with a physics degree from the University of Oxford. He then completed a PhD with the ion trapping group at Imperial College London.

Later, he moved from atomic physics to become a science and engineering consultant at TTP in Cambridge. Here, he worked on a wide range of projects, covering medical, biotech, data analytics, high-tech manufacturing and novel sensor development.

Now, he works as a senior technical consultant at Iconal Technology in Cambridge. He is part of a small (but growing) team helping government agencies to tackle non-military security threats by the application of physics and emerging technologies.  

Thesis: Manipulation of Individual Laser Cooled Ca+ Ions in Penning Traps‌‌

Contact me: LinkedIn

 

Hamid Ohadi

Image of Hamid OhadiMar 2004 - Jul 2007

Current placement: University of St Andrews, UK. 

After Hamid's PhD in laser cooling of ions in Penning traps with Prof Danny Segal and Prof Richard Thompson, I went to Southampton to work with Dr Tim Freegarde on trapping of neutral atoms.

After a few years, he changed my field to semiconductor microcavities and went on to work with Prof Jeremy Baumberg in Cambridge.

He is now a Lecturer in St Andrews working on strong light-matter interaction for quantum applications.

Thesis: Single Ca+ Ions in a Penning Trap for Applications in Quantum Info Processing‌‌

Contact me: Emailwebpage

 

Mike Brownnutt

Oct 2003 - Sep 2007

Thesis: 88Sr+ ion trapping techniques and technologies for QIP‌‌ (based in NPL)

 

 

José Rafael Castrejon Pita

Oct 2003 - Oct 2006

Thesis: Design, Development and Operation of Novel Ion Trap Geometries‌‌

 

 

Richard Hendricks

Oct 2002 - Sep 2005

Thesis: Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Laser-Cooled Ca+ Ions in a Penning Trap‌‌

 

 

Sarika Pugla

Oct 2002 - May 2007

Thesis: Ultrastable High Finess Cavities for Laser Frequency Stabilization‌‌ (based in NPL)

 

 

Eoin Phillips

Image of Eoin PhillipsOct 2001 - Sep 2004

Current placement: Stockholm, Sweden.

Following his PhD in the Ion Trapping Group, he joined the research group at the University of Innsbruck as a postdoc working on the cavity QED experiment, investigating interactions between a single ion and a single photon.

He then moved back to the UK for a short contract as a postdoc with the University of Oxford ion trapping group before moving into management consultancy, first as an internal consultant in Tesco. He moved to Stockholm in 2011, joining a Swedish retailer and most recently moving to Capgemini Invent where he work mostly with Supply Chain engagements.

Thesis: Controlled Dynamics of Laser-Cooled Ions in a Penning Trap

Contact me: LinkedIn

 

Peter Blythe

Oct 2000 -Sep 2003

Thesis: Optical Frequency Measurement and Ground State Cooling of a Single Trapped Yb+ Ion (based in NPL)‌

 

 

Valliappan Letchumanan

Oct 2000 -Sep 2003

Thesis: Coherent Control and Ground State Cooling of a Single 88Sr+ Ion‌‌ (based in NPL)

 

 

Jake Sudbery

Oct 1999 - Sep 2002

Thesis: Studies of Laser Cooled Calcium Ions in the Penning and Combined Traps

 

 

Kingston Koo

Oct 1999 - Sep 2002

Current placement: St Paul's Girls' School, London. 

Kingston is currently working as a teacher, teaching physics in St Paul's Girls School, London. 

Thesis: Laser cooling and trapping of Ca+ ions in a Penning trap‌‌

 

Ivette Fuentes

Oct 1999 - Sep 2002

 

 

William Powell

Oct 1998 - Sep 2001

 

 

Matthew Storkey

Oct 1996 - Sep 1997

 

 

James Vincent

Oct 1994 - Sep 1997

 

 

Tom Walker

Oct 1994 - Sep 1997

 

 

Xidong Feng

Image of Xidong FengOct 1994 - Sep 1997

Current placement: Business School, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Xidong got his PhD from Imperial College, London, and served as Manager and Research Fellow at the EPSRC 9.4 Tesla FTMS National Facility, University of Warwick before assuming a position with Pfizer (Legacy-Wyeth) at Pearl River (NY, US) in 2001.

He is currently working as a Senior Principle Scientist at Pfizer (Groton, CT, US) using ion trap-based mass spectrometers to elucidate the structures of the drug molecules and drug targets, as well as the molecular mode of action of the drug molecules on their targets.

Contact me: Work emailpersonal emailLinkedIn

 

Jose-Luis Hernandez Pozos

Oct 1993 - Mar 1997

 

 

Matthew Roberts

Oct 1993 - Sep 1996

 

 

William Power

Oct 1992 - Sep 1995

 

 

Gabriel Horvath

Oct 1991 - Sep 1994

 

 

Kishan Dholakia

Image of Kishan DholakiaOct 1990 - Oct 1995

Current placement: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews.

Kishan left Imperial College in 1995 and moved to the University of St Andrews in Scotland first for postdoctoral studies and then setup his own activity.

He is now a Professor of Physics and heads the Optical Manipulation Group which comprises of around eighteen researchers who work on a wide range of topics based on light. This includes advanced optical imaging for neuroscience and cancer diagnosis, beam shaping and manipulation of trapped particles.    

 Contact me: EmailWebpage

 

David Wilson

Oct 1988 - Sep 1991

 

 

David Bate

Oct 1987 - Sep 1990

Current placement: Nikon X-tek Systems Ltd, Tring, England. 

After completing his PhD, David moved to Cambridge to work on laser mass spectroscopy before moving to Leica (now Zeiss SMT) where I spent 10 years designing SEMs including Variable pressure SEMS.

In 2004 I moved to a small X-ray company in Tring called X-tek where I started in engineering before moving across to the Application engineering team and managing the Technical sales team. I finally moved back to engineering and have been in the team management ever since. Throughout this career I have always worked with charged particles in a vaccum and electron optics I learnt during my Ion trapping days. Currently, I am the Vice President of Engineering (Research) concentrating on new technologies. 

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MSc and MRes Students

MRes Students 

Jacopo Mosca-Toba (Controlled Quantum Dynamics, 2019)

William Shiela (Controlled Quantum Dynamics, 2018)

Ollie Corfield (Quantum Systems Engineering, 2017)

Jake Lishman (Quantum Systems Engineering, 2017)

Zizhen Xue (Controlled Quantum Dynamics, 2014)

Pavel Hrmo (Controlled Quantum Dynamics, 2014)

Jieyi Liu (Controlled Quantum Dynamics, 2014)

James Tarlton (Controlled Quantum Dynamics (based in NPL), 2013)

 

MSc Students

Chungsun Lee (Physics MSc with Extended Research, 2018)

Jacopo Mosca-Toba (Physics MSc, 2018)

Nicolas Bourlet (Physics MSc, 2017)

Kawthar Al Rasbi (Physics MSc, 2015)

Jamie McMillan (Physics MSc, 2015)

Franziska Beck (Physics MSc, 2014)

Malcolm Simpson (Physics MSc, 2014)

MSci Students

Muchen (Stephen) You (2018/2019)

Jack White (2017/2018)

Robert Gardner (2017/2018)

William Farrance (2017/2018)

Matthew Rankin (2016/2017)

Octacian Fosca (2016/2017)

UROP and Exchange Students

Wai Qian Tham

Image of Wai ThamJul 2019

Current placement: Department of Physics, Imperial Colege London, UK. 

Wai joined the ion trapping UROP in the second year of his BSc degree for 6 weeks. Currently, he is still in Imperial College completing his BSc degree in Physics. 

 

Jiyong Yu

Image of Jiyong Yu

Jul 2018 - Aug 2018

Current placement: Center of Nano-Liquid laboratory in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Seoul National University. 

After having good time in Imperial college London, Jiyong is now back in Seoul National University doing internships in Nano-Liquid laboratory in department of Physics & Astronomy. In his group, he and his team are collaborating with SKT telecoms and doing quantum computing experiments using Yb 171+ ion traps. His main major is Physics and he sub-majored Math. In addition, he is now double-majoring in Computer Science in SNU. His main interest in physics is about quantum computing using ion trap flatforms. 

Contact me: University emailpersonal email

 

John Peurifoy

Image of John PeurifoyJul 2017 - Aug 2017

Current placement: Floating Point Group, New York City.

John previously worked in AMO physics - Ion Trapping, Nanophotonic Design, and Quantum Computing at MIT and Imperial. He is currently working in building trading systems for quantitative hedge funds via my company Floating Point Group in New York City. He is working in financial technologies, specifically with quantitative funds to build order execution algorithms.

Contact me: Email

 

 

 

Romain Veyron

2017

Current placement: Laboratoire Photonique, Numérique et NanosciencesInstitut d'Optique d'Aquitaine, France

Romain is currently a PhD student in the group of Philippe Bouyer in Bordeaux. He is working on an experiment studying ultra-cold atoms in optical lattices. The aim of the project is to be able to increase the interaction and tunneling energies of an optical lattice by reducing its lattice spacing in order to study quantum phase transitions. This can be achieved using near-field potentials close to a surface. His work is mainly focusing on imaging in-situ ultra-cold Rubidium atoms with sub-wavelength resolution by engineering the energy levels.

Contact me: Email.

 

Victoria Sanchez Sebastian

2016