Robert Smith

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Robert Smith

Associate Professor

I am an experimental physicist focusing on using ultracold atomic gases to study many-body quantum phenomena.

Brief Biography
The first five years of my research career were spent investigating magnetism, superconductivity and quantum phase transitions in a conventional condensed matter setting of the Quantum Matter group at Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Then in 2008, recognising the potential for the study of many body physics, I decided to switch fields to study cold atomic gases in the group of Zoran Hadzibabic. In 2012 I became a Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF), also based in Cambridge.

In April 2018 I moved to Oxford and continue to hold my Royal Society URF. I have started a new experimental cold atom group and we are building up an ultracold Erbium experiment to study the effects of long-range dipole-dipole interactions on both equilibrium and non-equilibrium many-body quantum phenomena.

I am Tutorial Fellow at Worcester College and currently teach all the physics parts of the first year course and electromagnetism and optics in the second year.

DPhil Projects:

Single Impurity in a dipolar Bose-Einstein Condensate
A single impurity interacting with a quantum bath is a simple (to state) yet rich many-body paradigm that is relevant across a wide sweep of fields from condensed matter physics to quantum information theory to particle physics. The aim of this project is to create a highly controllable setting in which to study this physics. This starting point for this project will be our existing Erbium cold-atom machine. The special feature of Erbium atoms is their large magnetic dipole moments which result in long-range and anisotropic dipole-dipole interactions in addition to the short-range contact interactions more normally seen in cold atom systems. This project will involve adding a second atomic species to the experiment and using the resulting system to study a range of topics from polaron physics to information flow in open quantum systems

See right hand side of page. A full list can also be found at my ResearchID or on Google Scholar. Most are also listed on arXiv.