Atomic and Laser Physics

We research the interaction of light and matter over an enormous range of conditions, from high-energy plasmas created by the most powerful lasers in the world, to the coherent manipulation of single quantum particles for implementing quantum information processing, to the creation of quantum matter such as Bose-Einstein condensation condensates at temperatures of tens of nanokelvin.

Research themes

Laser-plasma & ultrafast x-ray science

We explore high-intensity light-matter interactions & use ultrafast optical and x-ray pulses to probe exotic states of matter.

Group Leaders

Quantum information, quantum optics and ultracold atoms

We exploit quantum mechanical superposition and entanglement to manipulate information in ways not allowed in the classical world, and to study the interactions of atoms and photons at the single-particle level.

Group Leaders

Other research groups

Other groups in Atomic and Laser Physics

Combustion Physics and Non-Linear Optics

Paul Ewart

Laser spectroscopy

Patrick Baird

Plasma Accelerators

Plasma Theory

Steven Balbus, Michael Barnes, Tony Bell, James Binney, Garret Cotter, Paul Dellar, Julien Devriendt, Gianluca Gregori, Peter Norreys, Felix Parra Diaz, Philipp Podsiadlowski, Steven Rose, Subir Sarkar, Alexander Schekochihin, Adrianne Slyz, Caroline Terquem

Quantum Information