KCL @ LCN Launch

James was honoured to talk about levitated nanophysics research at the launch event for King’s joining the London Centre for Nanotechnology. The great support which was shown, with attendance by the heads of King’s, UCL, Imperial, EPSRC and the Deputy Mayor for Business, points to many collaborations in the future!

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Postdoc position available in the Levitated Nanophysics group

2.5 year postdoc position in levitated electromechanics available, to start Jan 2019. Closing date: September 30th.



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Research funding

I am very pleased to announce that I am the fortunate recipient of an ERC Starting Grant – LeviTeQ, to develop the levitated optomechanics system as a platform for understanding fundamental physics.

I also received an EPSRC new Investigator Award – LevElectro, to expand my research into the electrical levitation of nanoparticles.

These are exciting times, and I will likely significantly update this website at some point in the near future.

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Thermodynamics literature review

Together with Jan Gieseler, I wrote a literature review of experiments where levitated nanoparticles are used to test thermodynamics on the nano-scale:

Levitated Nanoparticles for Microscopic Thermodynamics—A Review
J. Gieseler & J. Millen, Entropy 20, 326 (2018)

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New position at King’s College London

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve moved to King’s College London, as a Lecturer in Advanced Photonics. I will be continuing my research on rotational opto- and electro-mechanics.

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Quantum Revivals proposal online

New paper online! In this work, we propose a feasible experiment for measuring orientational revivals with a 50nm long cylinder. This is a purely quantum effect, arising from quantization of angular momentum, and interference of different orientations.


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Hot Topic at the Gordon Research Conference

Every two years, I love to attend the Gordon Research Conference, “Mechanical systems in the quantum regime”, which brings together the biggest names in my field, with an encouragement to present breaking results.

This year was particularly exciting for me, as for the first time I presented a poster on my very own work (see below), and I was invited to deliver a “Hot Topic” talk on our research in Vienna.

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