Our research group is using trapped ions for a range of applications and fundamental research. We pursue three main research directions: combining ion traps with optical cavities,  investigating molecular ions and developing novel technologies and techniques.

Main Research Areas


We combine trapped ions with optical cavities to investigate the interaction of ions with light on the fundamental level, with the aim to develop new quantum technologies such as interfaces for the quantum internet & quantum computers.

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Molecular Physics

Our molecular physics research employs sympathetically cooled molecular ions trapped alongside laser cooled atomic ions to probe changes of fundamental constants and to investigate ultra-cold chemical reactions.

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Technology Development

Cavity-QED and molecular physics research require a continuous development of new technologies and techniques such as fibre trip cavities and trapped ion frequency standards which is pursued in our third research area.

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Funding: EPSRC NQIT Sensors and Metrology