Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Lecturer in Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 7864j.devlin11




737Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I'm a Royal Society University Research Fellow interested in conducting precision measurements of fundamental quantities and new physics searches using table-top experiments.

Here are some of my past and present research interests:

  • Measuring the size of the electron's electric dipole moment using ytterbium fluoride molecules
  • Simulating the behaviour of complex multi-level molecular systems when they interact with many electromagnetic fields. This helps us understand how to apply techniques like optical pumping, laser cooling and magneto-optical trapping to molecular systems.
  • Testing CPT symmetry by comparing the properties of protons and antiprotons
  • Searching for dark matter using superconducting LC circuits
  • Using Penning traps to detect dark matter

You can see a full list of my publications on Google Scholar here and find out more about my current research on the Ion Trapping group website .



Latacz BM, Arndt BP, Bauer BB, et al., 2023, BASE-high-precision comparisons of the fundamental properties of protons and antiprotons., Eur Phys J D at Mol Opt Phys, Vol:77

Volksen F, Devlin JA, Borchert MJ, et al., 2022, A high-Q superconducting toroidal medium frequency detection system with a capacitively adjustable frequency range > 180 kHz, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol:93, ISSN:0034-6748

Will C, Bohman M, Driscoll T, et al., 2022, Sympathetic cooling schemes for separately trapped ions coupled via image currents, New Journal of Physics, Vol:24, ISSN:1367-2630

Borchert MJ, Devlin JA, Erlewein SR, et al., 2022, A 16-parts-per-trillion measurement of the antiproton-to-proton charge-mass ratio, Nature, Vol:601, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:53-+

Bohman M, Grunhofer V, Smorra C, et al., 2021, Sympathetic cooling of a trapped proton mediated by an LC circuit, Nature, Vol:596, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:514-+

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