Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics


Dr Philip Jones

Telephone+44 (0) 20 7679 3422 [Office]; +44 (0) 20 7679 2268 [Lab]


I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, followed by an MSc in Applied Optics at Imperial College, and a DPhil in Atomic & Laser Physics at Oxford University, working with Dr David Meacher on optical lattices.  I followed David to UCL where I have remained, as a postdoc with Dr Ferruccio Renzoni, and then since 2004 as a Lecturer.

In 2014 I became joint head of the new Biological Physics Group.

Research interests

My research is on optical tweezers - a way of trapping and manipulating micron-sized particles using a single, strongly focussed laser beam - and in particular applications to soft matter and the physics/life science interface.

More information is on my website

Optical Tweezers Textbook

Optical Tweezers: Principles & Applications

Philip Jones, Onofrio Maragó, Giovanni Volpe

Published by Cambridge University Press (2015)

"it is quite simply excellent"
"a must for all Ph.D. students, researchers, and engineers"
"destined to become a classic"