Imperial College London

Isabel Rabey

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Teaching Fellow



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313Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Physics. I am passionate about improving representation and diversity in the department, and I am an active member of the Women & Non-Binary Individuals in Physics society. In 2022, I was awarded the FoNS Prize for Excellence in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and in 2023 I was awarded the Julia Higgins Medal for helping to transform the culture in physics for women in the department.

I completed my PhD in the Centre for Cold Matter, trying to measure the roundness of the electron (a property known as the electron's electric dipole moment) using YbF molecules. I was interviewed about this experiment for the popular science book How to Make and Apple Pie From Scratch by Harry Cliff. I also spent three years working at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich as a postdoc, studying collisions between cold polyatomic molecules. You can find out more about this research here, or even watch me giving a lab tour!

My research interests are centred around precision measurement - in particular as tests of fundamental symmetries - as well as the production and application of cold and ultracold molecules. You can find me trying to explain the physics of atoms and molecules (with the help of artists and dancers) to school kids in Elemental Dances (which was awarded the FoNS Prize for Excellence in Outreach, Public & Community Engagement) or as part of an Atom Day for World of Atoms.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Sauer BE, Devlin JA, Rabey IM, 2017, A big measurement of a small moment, New Journal of Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1367-2630

Rabey IM, Devlin JA, Hinds EA, et al., 2016, Low magnetic Johnson noise electric field plates for precision measurement, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol:87, ISSN:1089-7623

Thesis Dissertations

Rabey IM, 2017, Improved shot noise of the YbF EDM experiment

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