2020 - present Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Assistant Professor in Condensed Matter Theory, University of Nottingham, UK
2014 - 2020 Royal Society University Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
2011 - 2014 Postdoctoral Associate with Prof Christoph Bruder, University of Basel, Switzerland
2008 - 2011 Postdoctoral Associate with Prof Steven Girvin, Yale University, USA
2005 - 2008 DPhil in Physics with Prof Sir Keith Burnett, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK
2000 - 2005 Diploma in Physics, University of Bonn, Germany
A central theme of my research is quantum coherence in atomic, mesoscopic, and optical systems and, in particular, how to exploit it for fundamental table-top science and future quantum technologies. This puts my work at the interface of theoretical quantum optics, atomic and laser physics, condensed matter theory, and quantum information science. In particular, I have worked on strong correlations, quantum-enabled technology, and control of ultracold atomic gases, superconducting circuits, and cavity optomechanical systems.
Cavity optomechanics is a rapidly-growing field in which mechanical degrees of freedom are coupled to modes of the electromagnetic field inside optical or microwave resonators. Adapting laser-cooling techniques from atomic physics several experiments have recently observed mechanical motion close to the quantum ground-state. This paves the way to exploit these systems for the engineering of phonon and photons at the nanoscale - with exciting applications for quantum science and technology.