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Prof Philip Jones
Department of Physics & Astronomy
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  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1995. Following this I obtained an MSc in Applied Optics from Imperial College and a DPhil in Atomic and Laser Physics from Oxford University.  From 2001-04 I was a postdoc in the UCL Laser Cooling Group.  Since 2004 I head the Optical Tweezers Group, applying optical trapping methods to biological, soft matter and nanoscale systems.  From 2014 I am co-head of the Biological Physics section in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Research Summary

Optical tweezers (in particular applications of optical trapping to biological and nanoscale systems), optical binding, optical vortices, vectorial diffraction theory.

Teaching Summary

PHAS2224 Atomic & Molecular Physics (2004-08)
PHAS2440 Practical Physics (2008-2011)
PHAS3443 Lasers & Modern Optics (2008-2013)
PHAS2201 Electricity & Magnetism (2014-present)

Academic Background
2006   Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University College London
2006   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2001   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1996   Diploma of the Imperial College Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1995   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 University College London
1996   Master of Science Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
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