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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


The first five years of my research career (PhD and two years of a St Catharine's Junior Research Fellowship) were spent investigating magnetism, superconductivity and quantum phase transitions in a conventional condensed matter setting of the Quantum Matter in Cambridge. Then in 2008, recognising the potential for the study of many body physics, I decided to switch fields to study cold atomic gases. In 2012 I became a Royal Society University Research Fellow.


My research broadly concerns the study of many-body phenomena using ultracold gases. For example, I have recently investigated the effect of interactions on both the thermodynamics and dynamics of Bose Einstein Condensation and now plan to study how the subtle interplay between dimensionality and interactions affect condensation and superfluidity.


Key publications: 

R. P. Smith, S. Beattie, S. Moulder, R. L. D. Campbell, and Z. Hadzibabic "Condensation dynamics in a quantum-quenched Bose gas". Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 105301 (2012).

R. P. Smith, N. Tammuz, R. L. D. Campbell, M. Holzmann and Z. Hadzibabic "Condensed Fraction of a Atomic Bose Gas Induced by Critical Correlations". Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 190403 (2011).

R. P. Smith, R. L. D. Campbell, N. Tammuz, and Z. Hadzibabic "Effects of Interactions on the Critical Temperature of a Trapped Bose Gas". Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 250403 (2011). See also synopsis in Physics

N. Tammuz, R. P. Smith, R. L. D. Campbell, S. Beattie, S. Moulder, J. Dalibard, and Z. Hadzibabic "Can a Bose gas be saturated?". Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 230401 (2011). See also Research highlight in Nature Physics And Search and Discovery article in Physics Today

R. P. Smith, M. Sutherland, G. G. Lonzarich, S. S. Saxena, N. Kimura, S. Takashima, M. Nohara and H. Takagi. "Logarithmic Breakdown of the Fermi Liquid State on the border of Metallic Ferromagnetism". Nature 455, 1220 (2008). See also Nature News and Views

T. E. Weller, M. Ellerby, S. S. Saxena, R. P. Smith and N. T. Skipper "Superconductivity in the intercalated graphite compounds C6Yb and C6Ca". Nature Physics 1, 39 (2005). See also Nature Physics News and Views

Royal Society University Research Fellow
Dr. Robert  Smith

Contact Details

Room 836 Rutherford Building,
Cavendish Laboratory,
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