Ian Walmsley is the Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research. He was formerly the Head of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford, and served as Director of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in the US. His research is in the area of optical science and engineering, and he is particularly interested in the applications of quantum optics to novel photonic technologies, as well as the control of quantum systems. He has contributed particularly to the development of methods for quantum tomography and in a different sphere to methods for the complete characterization of ultrashort optical pulses, inventing the SPIDER technique. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the UK Institute of Physics, and leads a number of research collaborations, including an EU Integrated Project on Qubit Applications. In 2008, Dr. Walmsley was named an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.
Vibrations of the atoms in a molecule are used to implement a Fourier transform orders of magnitude faster than possible with devices based on conventional electronics.