Micro-ion traps

We are super excited to get our hands on these beautiful micro-ion traps. They have been created by the Sinclair group at NPL, who have entered into collaboration with us to produce miniaturised nanoparticle trapping technologies.

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Continued collaboration with Janet Anders

We were visited by our long-term collaborator Prof. Janet Anders from the University of Exeter, to discuss non-white noise and extreme heat engines. We are excited to see what nanothermodynamics we can study in our Levitated Electromechanics experiment.

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Lab opening!

We had our official lab opening today! This marks the opening of a new clean room, a quantum science lab and an attosecond physics lab at King’s. It’s exciting to be part of a growing physics department here in London.

James looking sheepish in front of the acting Principal.

We had cake!

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Welcome James & Yugang

We’re excited to welcome Yugang Ren and James Sabin as Ph.D. students in our group. Yugang will be working on levitated electromechanics, James will be working on cavity optomechanics.

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Generation |Y⟩ meeting – Quantum Millennials!

James was invited to join the Generation |Y⟩ initiative, of millennial quantum scientists starting their own research groups. It was an incredible meeting, with a huge amount of knowledge sharing and support.

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First trapped nanorods!

Well done Yanhui & Maryam, first nanorods trapped in London! These silicon nanorods are 600nm lond and about 130nm in diameter.

The blue data shows the spectrum of a nanorod trapped by linearly polarized light, and the red data a spinning nanorod illuminated with circularly polarized light.

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Levitated optomechanics review online

You can find a pre-print of our levitated optomechanics article on arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.08198

Optomechanics with Levitated Particles – Millen, Monteiro, Pettit, Vamivakas

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Welcome Inca!

We are very pleased to have Inca Robinson join us as a King’s Undergraduate Research Fellow. She will spend the next 6 weeks studying the concept of “macroscopic” in quantum physics.

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First trapping in the new lab

Levitation in our electromechanics experiment! Seriously speedy work from Katie and Muddassar.

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Welcome Maryam!

Dr. Maryam Nikkhou joins our group today, to focus on rotational optomechanics. Very pleased to have you onboard, Maryam.

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