Ifan G Hughes
My research interests include the physics of cold atoms and molecules (domain wall atom traps, magnetic atom optics,
and various forms of spectroscopy(slow light,
strong interactions in thermal vapours, hyperfine pumping,
I co-ordinate the UK experimental cold-atom groups through a network (EUCAN)
which was supported by the EPSRC
grant EP/D054877/1. We are affiliated to
INTERCAN, which is a European network
in cold-atom physics. In Durham we held the Cold Matter Forum,
to nurture and develop within the UK the
strong intellectual connections between the cold atom physics community and
the wider condensed matter community.
The Institute of Physics diary cover for 2007-08 is an image from a paper published by Prof. Ifan Hughes' research group.
The paper from which the figure is taken develops the idea of transporting ultracold atoms with a laser guide and pulsed magnetic fields.
Two of the authors (Hallwood, Pleasant) were undergraduate MSci students, who studied this problem during their fourth year projects.
The first author (Pritchard), who was a PhD student when the work was completed, had developed the magnetic lens during his MSci project.
The work was done in collaboration with Aidan Arnold, from Strathclyde University.