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



LIM J, Almond J, Tarbutt MR, et al., The [557]-X²∑⁺ and [561]- X²∑⁺ bands of ytterbium fluoride,¹⁷⁴YbF, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, ISSN:1096-083X

Asselin P, Berger Y, Huet TR, et al., 2017, Characterising molecules for fundamental physics: an accurate spectroscopic model of methyltrioxorhenium derived from new infrared and millimetre-wave measurements, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1463-9084, Pages:4576-4587

Tokunaga SK, Hendricks RJ, Tarbutt MR, et al., 2017, High-resolution mid-infrared spectroscopy of buffer-gas-cooled methyltrioxorhenium molecules, New Journal of Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1367-2630

Truppe S, Williams HJ, Fitch NJ, et al., 2017, An intense, cold, velocity-controlled molecular beam by frequency-chirped laser slowing, New Journal of Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1367-2630

Devlin JA, Tarbutt MR, 2016, Three-dimensional Doppler, polarization-gradient, and magneto-optical forces for atoms and molecules with dark states, New Journal of Physics, Vol:18, ISSN:1367-2630

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