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Professor Matthew Davis

B.Sc.(Hons) (Otago), D.Phil. (Oxon).

Head of Physics,
Professor of Theoretical Physics,
Rm 325 Physics Annexe (Building 6),
School of Mathematics and Physics,
The University of Queensland,
Brisbane QLD 4072,

Ph: +61 7 334 69824
Mob: +61 423 184082
Fax: +61 7 336 51242

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Page last updated: 19 April 2021
Dr Matthew Davis 


Andrew Groszek and Lewis Williamson were recruited to UQ in 2020.  Abitha Muniraj Sarasawthy and Tim Harris began PhDs in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

I hope to recruit one further postdoc in 2021.

Welcome!  I am a theoretical physicist (with experimental tendencies) in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland.

My particular area of interest is the nonequilibrium dynamics of superfluid Bose-Einstein condensates and other quantum gases.  You can find a oldish overview of my research interests here, and a list of my publications here.

I am always on the lookout for talented theoretical and experimental postgraduate students from Australia, New Zealand and further afield.  The University of Queensland offers scholarships, and we have funds available for additional scholarships for exceptional students.  Please browse the research group web pages for information about potential projects, or contact me at the email above.

I work with
the UQ experimental quantum gas group, and together we are funded by the  ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems from 2018 - 2024 to work on quantum dynamics and thermodynamics of quantum gases.

In 2020 we have received a new ARC Discovery Project to work with spin vortices in a homogenous F=1 Rb spinor condensate, in collaboration with Dan Stamper-Kurn and Blair Blakie.

My recent
ARC Discovery Project in collaboration with Dr Elena Ostrovskaya, leader of the Polariton BEC group at the Australian National University has been relinquished in 2017 in favour of generous funding from the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies from 2018 - 2024.

I am part of the broader Quantum Atom Optics theory group that formed part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics, 2003-10. 
From 2010-14 I held an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship.  In 2015 I was a Visiting Fellow at JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

If you are looking for the page for Matt's arXiv selection, go here.

PGPE momentum column densities                      Formation of a
                    vortex lattice