Simon Cornish

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Simon Cornish is a Professor in the Department of Physics at Durham University and a member of the Joint Quantum Centre Durham-Newcastle. He was educated at Oxford University where he received his experimental atomic physics in 1998. He developed an interest in ultracold atoms while he was a Lindemann Fellow at the University of Colorado where he undertook pioneering experiments on Bose-Einstein condensation with tunable interactions. His current research interests include the study of bright matter-wave solitons, quantum degenerate mixtures, and the formation of ultracold heteronuclear molecules for applications in quantum simulation.

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Viewpoint: From atoms to molecules (and back)

Atoms colliding in a magnetic field can form weakly bound states called Feshbach molecules. These states have now been used in combination with advanced laser techniques to create tightly bound ground-state molecules close to quantum degeneracy. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Viewpoint: Controlling Collisions in a Two-Electron Atomic Gas

Two separate groups have managed to control the interactions in a cold atomic gas in which each atom has two valence electrons. Read More »