Keynote Speaker – Prof. Síle Nic Chormaic

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Síle Nic Chormaic, a Professor from the Light-Matter Interactions for Quantum Technologies (LMI-QT) Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan has accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker at IONS Exeter.

Her talk will be titled “Ultrathin Optical Fibre Applications from Atomic Physics through Quantum Optics“.

Her primary research interests lie in exploring light as a tool in classical physics, such as when it can be used to push or pull individual particles (think of where a comet’s tail comes from!), or for exploring the dynamics of colloidal particles (such as cells, bacteria, or test spheres), or even light’s ability to be used in sensing of very small numbers of particles. In general, she studies the interaction between light and matter in a number of regimes, including cold atomic systems, whispering gallery mode micro-resonators and biologically-relevant samples, to gain a better understanding of the processes involved and to manipulate or trap micron and nanoscale particles using light fields.

Her work has seen her undertake research at universities on four different continents. She currently hold an Honorary Professorship at Kwa-Zulu Natal University, South Africa, in addition to her work at OIST.