Dr Matthias Sonnleitner

Dr Matthias Sonnleitner

I joined the Quantum Theory group as a Research Assistant in October 2014. Before that I studied in Innsbruck, Austria, where I also did my PhD in the groups of Helmut Ritsch and Monika Ritsch-Marte.

Back in Innsbruck my research focused on forces from electromagnetic radiation, especially the self-consistent dynamics that arise when light forces particles to change their spatial distribution which in turn modifies the shape of the radiation field. Here in Glasgow my interests expanded into quantum imaging where I currently work on the intriguing question of how many photons you actually need to get a decent image. My main focus, however, is to explore the subtle mechanical interaction between atoms and time-modulated light fields, an endeavour funded by a Schrödinger fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

Contact details

Contact details

Matthias

Email: matthias.sonnleitner@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 522, Kelvin Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ.

Selected publications

Selected publications

Self-ordering and collective dynamics of transversely illuminated point-scatterers in a 1D trap, D. Holzmann, M. Sonnleitner, and H. Ritsch, EPJ-D 68, 352 (2014) (doi:10.1140/epjd/e2014-50692-2).

Scattering approach to two-colour light forces and self-ordering of polarizable particles, S. Ostermann, M. Sonnleitner and H. Ritsch, New J. Phys. 16, 043017 (2014) (doi:10.1088/1367-2630/16/4/043017).

Attractive optical forces from blackbody radiation, M. Sonnleitner, M. Ritsch-Marte and H. Ritsch, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 023601 (2013) (doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.023601).

Optomechanical deformation and strain in elastic dielectrics, M. Sonnleitner, M. Ritsch-Marte and H. Ritsch, New J. Phys. 14, 103011 (2012) (doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/14/10/103011).