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



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

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

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

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

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

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