Paul is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, working in the area of atomic physics.
His research activities are in ultra-cold and quantum degenerate gases, and the development of quantum-based, precision-measurement devices. Following a PhD at Durham University, Paul worked at Georgia Institute of Technology before joining Strathclyde in 2008. Since then he has held a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellowship, a Marie Curie CO-FUND award, and was a visiting researcher at NIST Gaithersburg. He is active within the UK National Quantum Technologies Program as part of the QT Sensors and Metrology Hub.
Paul is developing atomic systems as low-cost, precise magnetometers, which have a wide range of applications, from heart (EEG) and brain (MEG) scanning to defence monitoring. He currently has a joint project with the National Physical Laboratory on “Atomic magnetometers for health and security.
Paul is developing robust and compact atomic clocks, which are key for secure timing and synchronisation of networks.