Ashby Hilton

Ashby Hilton

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am passionate researcher working in the fields of precision metrology and quantum optics. I have a background in hands-on lab work, with experience in designing analogue electronics, ultra-high vacuum experiments, and feedback and control systems.

Outside of the lab I take to hills and spend my weekends rock climbing or cycling, or on quieter days, working in the garden and baking.

During my PhD I worked on developing a experiment capable of laser cooling rubidium atoms, trapping them, and funneling them into the centre of a specialised hollow-core fibre. This combination of high optical intensities and large atomic densities over a long one-dimensional medium is an excellent platform for testing cutting-edge quantum-optics protocols such as quantum memories and optical pulse storage.

My current research is focused around the construction of a compact optical-atomic clock based on an extremely well-defined transition in Ytterbium. This project combines a wide range of specialities including precision measurement, automation and control, quantum optics, mechanical design and miniaturisation, vacuum technology, and so much more. Luckily we have a great team together, and lots of exciting ideas to try out.


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