Ifan G Hughes
I lecture a fourth-year course Quantum Information and Computing in the module Atoms, Lasers and Qubits;
I teach in the Level 2 laboratory,
teach a graduate course Data Analysis Techniques,
and have been Chair of the Laboratories Comittee. For a decade I taught a third-year course Modern Optics.
In 2003 I was awarded a University of Durham Excellence in Teaching award.
This year I am involved in the supervision of two fourth-year project students; the topics are:
Non-destructive imaging of ultracold atoms
Knotted and tangled beams of light
From 2004-08 I developed a new laboratory teaching module and was the director of the first-year laboratory. Details of the
Discovery Skills in Physics Module can be found at this
With my colleague Tom Hase
I published a book about measurement uncertainties and error analysis; further details are available from
Oxford University Press site.
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.