Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Experimental Physics



+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



Tarbutt MR, 2019, Laser cooling of molecules, Contemporary Physics, Vol:59, ISSN:0010-7514, Pages:356-376

Blackmore JA, Caldwell L, Gregory PD, et al., 2019, Ultracold molecules for quantum simulation: rotational coherences in CaF and RbCs, Quantum Science and Technology, Vol:4, ISSN:2058-9565

Cournol A, Manceau M, Pierens M, et al., 2019, A new experiment to test parity symmetry in cold chiral molecules using vibrational spectroscopy, Quantum Electronics, Vol:49, ISSN:1063-7818, Pages:288-292

Devlin J, Tarbutt M, 2018, Laser cooling and magneto-optical trapping of molecules analyzed using optical Bloch equations and the Fokker-Planck-Kramers equation, Physical Review A, Vol:98, ISSN:1050-2947

Jarvis K, Sauer B, Tarbutt M, 2018, Characteristics of unconventional Rb magneto-optical traps, Physical Review A, Vol:98, ISSN:1050-2947

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