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On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics

New research from UCL has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature. These new second laws are generally not noticeable except on very small scales, at which point, they become increasingly important. More...

Published: Feb 10, 2015 11:55:53 AM

Spectrum of hot methane

Spectrum of hot methane in astronomical objects using a comprehensive computed line list

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by researchers from UCL Physics & Astronomy and the University of New South Wales. More...

Published: Jun 18, 2014 4:54:56 PM

Quantum Phase Transitions

"Like melting an entire iceberg with a hot poker" – UCL scientists explore the strange world of quantum phase transitions

“What a curious feeling,” says Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behaviour we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. More...

Published: May 13, 2014 4:06:57 PM

Dr Philip Jones

Email philip.jones@ucl.ac.uk
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. 

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

Lecture Courses

PHAS3443 Lasers & Modern Optics website

PHAS2440 Practical Physics course website (restricted to UCL users)

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