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 .



Smorra C, Abbass F, Schweitzer D, et al., 2023, BASE-STEP: A transportable antiproton reservoir for fundamental interaction studies., Rev Sci Instrum, Vol:94

Ahyoune S, Álvarez Melcón A, Arguedas Cuendis S, et al., 2023, A Proposal for a Low‐Frequency Axion Search in the 1–2 μ$\umu$ eV Range and Below with the BabyIAXO Magnet, Annalen Der Physik, ISSN:0003-3804

Latacz BM, Arndt BP, Devlin JA, et al., 2023, Ultra-thin polymer foil cryogenic window for antiproton deceleration and storage., Rev Sci Instrum, Vol:94

Latacz BM, Arndt BP, Bauer BB, et al., 2023, BASE-high-precision comparisons of the fundamental properties of protons and antiprotons, European Physical Journal D, Vol:77, ISSN:1434-6060

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

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