Postdoc Dr James Millen is presented with the David Bates Prize at QuAMP 2017

12 September 2017

IOP Member Dr James Millen was presented with the David Bates Prize at the Institute’s International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics (QuAMP) in Glasgow on 7 September.

Postdoc Dr James Millen is presented with the David Bates Prize at QuAMP 2017

Dr Kevin Weatherill presented Millen with a prize of £500 and a certificate and plaque, and Millen gave the Bates Prize talk, speaking on optical control and cooling of levitated nanoparticles.

The prize is given biennially in odd-dated years to an early-career researcher who has published outstanding research within the previous five years relevant to the five IOP groups that, together with the Computational Physics Group, organise QuAMP: the Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Quantum Control Group; Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group; Molecular Physics Group; Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group; and Plasma Physics Group.

Postdoc Dr James Millen is presented with the David Bates Prize at QuAMP 2017

Millen, a researcher at the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, was awarded the prize for his pioneering experimental and theoretical contributions to the field of quantum optomechanics. His citation notes that he has made seminal contributions to the study of levitated optomechanical systems, opening up new directions in quantum science research, and that his major contribution over the past five years has been to pioneer the optical cooling and manipulation of levitated objects – freed from a substrate and held in place by electrostatic or optical fields.

He is also commended for his leadership in public engagement in quantum science, notably founding the quantum workshop project, presenting demos and science discussion in venues from pubs to the Science Museum, providing outreach training for scientists and giving science advice to the producers of two BBC documentaries.

QuAMP takes place every two years and the 2017 conference was held from 4–7 September.