Professor Miles Padgett

(Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy)

Research interests Optical physics and in particular optical momentum. An optical spanner for spinning micron-sized objects; use of orbital angular momentum to increase the capacity of communication systems; and an angular form of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen quantum paradox.


Johannes Courtial

Dr Johannes Courtial

Lecturer (Physics and Astronomy)

Research interests: Micro-structured surfaces, generalised refraction that appears to (but doesn't actually) violate wave optics, optical vortices, transformation optics, laser modes, light shaping, ray tracing.

Sonja Franke-Arnold

Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold

Reader (Physics and Astronomy)

Research interests: Structured light, in particular light with phase and polarization singularities; its classical and quantum properties. Atom trapping; interaction of structured light with cold atoms; phase-dependent dynamics. Theory of electron vortex beams.

Dr Matthew Edgar

Research Associate (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Dr Graham Gibson

Research Fellow (Physics and Astronomy)

Daniel Giovannini

Dr Daniel Giovannini

Research Assistant (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Dr David Phillips

Research Associate (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Martin Lavery

Mr Martin Lavery

Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship (Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering)

Dr Neal Radwell

Research Associate (Physics and Astronomy)

Dr Jacqui Romero

Research Assistant (Physics and Astronomy)

Mr Baoqing Sun

Research Assistant (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Dr Euan Cowie

Research Associate (Physics and Astronomy)


Reuben Aspden

(PhD student)


Thomas Clark

(PhD student)


Rebecca Hay

(PhD student)


Lena Mertens

(PhD student)


Peter Morris

(PhD student)


Stephen Oxburgh

(PhD student)


Sara Restuccia

(PhD student)


Stephen Welsh

(PhD student)


Emma Wisniewski-Barker

(PhD student)


Yiwei Zhang

(PhD student)


Dr Eric Yao

University Teacher (Physics and Astronomy)