Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Quantum Optics



+44 (0)20 7594 7741m.tarbutt




207Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests

My interests are in the formation and application of cold and ultracold molecules.

  • Stark deceleration of cold polar molecules
  • Buffer gas cooling and magnetic guiding of molecules
  • Sympathetic cooling of cold molecules with ultracold atoms
  • Using cold, polar molecules to measure the electric dipole moment of the electron
  • Using ultracold polar molecules to study the physics of highly correlated quantum matter



Jarvis KN, Devlin JA, Wall TE, et al., Blue-detuned magneto-optical trap, Physical Review Letters, ISSN:0031-9007

Williams H, Truppe S, Hambach M, et al., 2017, Characteristics of a magneto-optical trap of molecules, New Journal of Physics

Truppe S, Hambach M, Skoff SM, et al., 2018, A buffer gas beam source for short, intense and slow molecular pulses, Journal of Modern Optics, Vol:65, ISSN:0950-0340, Pages:246-254

Truppe S, Williams HJ, Hambach M, et al., 2017, Molecules cooled below the Doppler limit, Nature Physics, Vol:13, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:1173-1176

Lim J, Almond JR, Tarbutt MR, et al., 2017, The [557]-X-2 Sigma(+) and [561]-X-2 Sigma(+) bands of ytterbium fluoride, (YbF)-Yb-174, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Vol:338, ISSN:0022-2852, Pages:81-90

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