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Lecturer of Physics, Optics group, RCUK Research Fellow




Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Scotland, U.K.

Tel: +44 (0)141 330 3025
Fax: +44 (0)141 330 2893
e-mail: s.franke-arnold@physics.gla.ac.uk


I joined the Optics Group at Glasgow in September 2005. I grew up in Grünstadt an der Weinstrasse and in Braunschweig. After some undergraduate studies at the University of Hannover I left Germany for the sunny climate of Western Scotland. There, at Strathclyde University, I did an MPhil in Theoretical Quantum Optics with Prof. Stephen M. Barnett. I then abandoned the two level atom in order to build an atom trap during my PhD at Innsbruck with Prof. Anton Zeilinger. My thesis is on "Magnetometry with cold Lithium atoms". In 1998 I returned to Strathclyde University, working first as a Postdoc, then as a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow in the Quantum and Nonlinear Optics Group. I was awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship in 2003 and an RCUK Academic Fellowship in 2005.

If a career in physics isn't challenging enough I can always rely on my 3 children...

Research interests

  • angular momentum of light: nature of orbital and spin angular momentum of light, fundamental quantum tests, transfer of angular momentum between light and matter;
  • phase dependent atom optics: closed loop atomic systems, phase dependent dynamics, magnetometry, experimental atom optics;

Academic activities

  • lecturing: Modern and Nonlinear Optics; Frontiers of Optics; lecture notes on Moodle
  • First Year Lab Deputy Head;
  • UK correspondent for Physik Journal;

Selected publications

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