Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
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.
Year Citation Light, P., & Hilton, A. (n.d.). Guiding atoms into hollow fibre with attractive optical guide.
Hilton, A. (n.d.). Simulation of Atoms Bouncing from Near Detuned Dipole Trap.
Hilton, A. (n.d.). Simulation of Atoms Being Guided into HC-PCF.
Hilton, A. (n.d.). Movie of Atoms Coupling Into HC-PCF.
Hilton, A. (n.d.). Movie of Atoms Bouncing from Fibre.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor NGTF quantum technology stream quest to build a portable atomic clock Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Benjamin Robert White
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