Here is a selection of recent news and activities from the group:

Congratulations to Ben!

May 09, 2022

Congratulations to Ben McCanna for passing his PhD viva on his thesis entitled “Superfluid Vortices in Four Spatial Dimensions”!

Simulating four-dimensional physics in the laboratory

April 01, 2022

Check out our new Physics Today article about experimental methods to mimic extra dimensions.

Superfluidity in Optical Mesh Lattices

October 11, 2021

Our new paper has just been published as an Editors Suggestion in Physical Review Letters. You can find out more by checking out the Research Highlight in Nature and the Viewpoint in Physics

Kent PLANCKS 2021

February 20, 2021

This year, it was fun to give a talk introducing topological phases of matter for undergraduates at the PLANCKS theoretical physics competition UK preliminaries organised by the University of Kent. You can check out the recording on youtube here

Exploring four spatial dimensions

October 14, 2020

Read about research into four spatial dimensions in the New Scientist!

4D physics in electrical circuits

June 01, 2020

Our new paper has just been published in Nature Communications and is featured in Physics World

Quantum Vortices in Four Spatial Dimensions

May 15, 2020

This page has been dormant for a couple of years, but let’s start resurrecting it with the news of Ben’s first paper– congratulations Ben! He has been exploring the phenomenology of vortices in four spatial dimensions, with an example shown in the figure here. You can read all about this strange structure on arXiv here

IOP James Clerk Maxwell Medal & Prize

November 21, 2018

Last night, Hannah was awarded the Institute of Physics James Clerk Maxwell Medal & Prize 2018, for her early-career contributions to theoretical physics. For more information, see here . A huge thank you to all the collaborators and colleagues who made this possible!

Visiting ICTP & SISSA, Trieste

November 15, 2018

Ben and Hannah have spent a week at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics & SISSA in Trieste, Italy. Thanks so much to all our hosts and especially Marcello for inviting us and for a great week of discussions!

Our research in 55 seconds!

October 06, 2018

Find out about our research in less than a minute

Welcome Chris!

October 01, 2018

Welcome to Chris Oliver, who is joining the group as a new PhD student working on topological photonics

New Publication in Physical Review B

September 28, 2018

As published today, we have theoretically studied the 6D Quantum Hall effect and how it could be probed in a three-dimensional topological pump. Thanks to Ioannis Petrides and Oded Zilberberg at ETH Zurich for the nice collaboration

Humboldt Kolleg in Vilnius, Lithuania

July 29, 2018

A fantastic Humboldt Kolleg this week on “Controlling Quantum Matter: From Ultracold Atoms to Solids” in Vilnius, Lithuania. A huge thank you to the organisers! Catch-up with videos of the talks here

Royal Society URF Advice

July 23, 2018

Want some advice about applying for the Royal Society University Research Fellowship scheme? Then check out the new video from the Royal Society.

University Founders’ Award

July 13, 2018

At the UoB Chancellors Dinner last night, Hannah won The Aston Webb Award for Outstanding Early-Career Academic . Thanks Birmingham for the support!

Young Research Leaders Group Workshop in Mainz

July 10, 2018

Great to meet other young scientists at the Young Research Leaders Group Workshop on “Collective Phenomena in Driven Quantum Systems” organised by SPICE at JGU Mainz, Germany. Thanks a lot to the organisers and other speakers!

IOP Theory of Condensed Matter Day in Warwick

June 07, 2018

Thanks to the speakers and everyone who came along to our IOP Theory of Condensed Matter Day in Warwick this year. To find out more about what the IOP TCM Group is up to throughout the year, you can follow us on Twitter

UK-India Frontiers of Science Meeting

May 18, 2018

This week, we were at Chicheley Hall to help organise a session on the physics of topology at the interdisciplinary 3rd UK-India Frontiers of Science Meeting. Thanks to the Royal Society and DST India for sponsoring the event, and the other organisers and speakers for making it such an interesting experience

Quantum and Topological Nanophotonics in Singapore

April 09, 2018

This week, Hannah was in Singapore to speak at the 2nd International Workshop on Quantum and Topological Nanophotonics held at Nanyang Technological University. Thanks very much to the organisers!

Public Evening Lecture: ‘A one-way street for light’

March 15, 2018

Come and join us on Tuesday 20th March for a public evening lecture entitled “A one-way street for light: exploring topological quantum physics with photons”, held as part of the IOPS Edinburgh Public Lecture Series. All details can be found here

Birmingham Brief: Leaving Flatland

January 25, 2018

Hannah has written this week’s Birmingham Brief, about our ongoing efforts to look into the fourth spatial dimension in the lab

Exploring 4D Physics Published in Nature

January 08, 2018

As published today, we have experimentally explored how the 4D Quantum Hall effect can be probed in a two-dimensional topological pump of ultracold atoms. Read more about it here. Thanks to Oded Zilberberg at ETH Zurich, and Michael Lohse, Christian Schweizer and Immanuel Bloch in Munich for the great theory-experiment collaboration

Welcome Ben!

October 20, 2017

Welcome to Ben McCanna, who is joins the group as a PhD student working on four-dimensional topological physics.

Starting-up in Birmingham

October 01, 2017

We have arrived! The new group will be starting in Birmingham as part of Theoretical Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy. For some older news, see here