20052024
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Biography

Kristian works in the School of Physics at Monash University as a Professor

Kristian's research areas of interest are:

My research interests are in the physics and application of ultracold atomic gases and the application of optical techniques to address problems in biophysics and biotechnology. A common thread in my research is the use of lasers and, in particular, the optical forces that can be generated by light. Current studies with ultracold atomic gases include superfluidity in the presence of disorder and/or reduced dimensionality, quantum turbulence, and the physics of two-dimensional electron gases simulated by atoms in an optical lattice. Current experiments in biophysics include the development of techniques for isolating and studying single biomolecules, the behaviour of biomolecules in confined geometries and directed self-assembly of nanoscale objects from biomembranes.

PhD and honours positions available

Projects are available for students interested in either experimental or theoretical work. Projects can be tailored to include a mix of theory and experiment, and are available at honours and PhD level.

Research area keywords

  • Ultracold atomic gases
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology

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Projects 2010 2024

ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-energy Electronics Technologies

Fuhrer, M., Bao, Q., Culcer, D., Davis, M., Davis, J. A., Hamilton, A., Helmerson, K., Kalantar-Zadeh, K., Klochan, O., Medhekar, N., Ostrovskaya, E., Parish, M., Schiffrin, A., Seidel, J., Sushkov, O., Valanoor, N., Vale, C., Wang, X., Wang, L., Galitskiy, V., Gedik, N., Gurarie, V., Hannon, J., Höfling, S., Hone, J., Rule, K. C., Krausz, F., Littlewood, P., MacDonald, A., Neto, A., Oezyilmaz, B., Paglione, J., Phillips, W., Refael, G., Sinova, J., Spielman, I., Tadich, A., Xue, Q., Cole, J., Nguyen, T., Perali, A., Neilson, D., Lin, H., Sek, G., Gaston, N., Hodgkiss, J. M. & Tang, M.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Monash University – Internal School Contribution, Monash University – Internal Department Contribution, Monash University – Internal Faculty Contribution, Monash University – Internal University Contribution, University of Wollongong, The University of Queensland , Tsinghua University, The University of New South Wales, Australian National University , RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology

29/06/1728/06/24

Project: Research

Australian Quantum Gas Microscope

Vale, C. J., Sidorov, A. I., Hannaford, P., Drummond, P., Close, J. D., Truscott, A., Robins, N. P., Scholten, R. E., Martin, A., Rubinsztein-Dunlop, H., Davis, M. J., Helmerson, K., Turner, L., Parish, M. & Pfau, T.

Project: Research

Foundation technology for quantum measurement, sensing and computing.

Helmerson, K., Anderson, R., Biercuk, M., Hollenberg, L., Luiten, A., Scholten, R., Simpson, D., Turner, L. & Starr, R.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

1/10/131/10/13

Project: Research

Research Output 2005 2019

Evolution of large-scale flow from turbulence in a two-dimensional superfluid

Johnstone, S. P., Groszek, A. J., Starkey, P. T., Billington, C. J., Simula, T. P. & Helmerson, K., 28 Jun 2019, In : Science. 364, 6447, p. 1267-1271 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Motion of vortices in inhomogeneous Bose-Einstein condensates

Groszek, A. J., Paganin, D. M., Helmerson, K. & Simula, T. P., 12 Feb 2018, In : Physical Review A. 97, 2, 12 p., 023617.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Vortex Thermometry for Turbulent Two-Dimensional Fluids

Groszek, A. J., Davis, M. J., Paganin, D. M., Helmerson, K. & Simula, T. P., 19 Jan 2018, In : Physical Review Letters. 120, 3, 5 p., 034504.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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High efficiency, low cost holographic optical elements for ultracold atom trapping

Tempone-Wiltshire, S., Johnstone, S. & Helmerson, K., 9 Jan 2017, In : Optics Express. 25, 1, p. 296-304 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Onsager vortex formation in Bose-Einstein condensates in two-dimensional power-law traps

Groszek, A., Simula, T., Paganin, D. & Helmerson, K., 13 Apr 2016, In : Physical Review A. 93, 4, 9 p., 043614.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Physics Today: Order emerges from chaos in 2D vortices

Shaun Johnstone, Andrew Groszek, Phil Starkey, Christopher Billington, Tapio Simula & Kristian Helmerson

9/07/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Forbes: Physicists Make Progress On The Bumpy Ride To Understanding Turbulence

Shaun Johnstone, Andrew Groszek, Phil Starkey, Christopher Billington, Tapio Simula & Kristian Helmerson

30/06/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Physics World: Giant vortex clusters appear in 2D superfluids

Shaun Johnstone, Andrew Groszek, Phil Starkey, Christopher Billington, Tapio Simula & Kristian Helmerson

28/06/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Science and Life Russia: Порядок из хаоса вихрей

Shaun Johnstone, Andrew Groszek, Phil Starkey, Christopher Billington, Tapio Simula & Kristian Helmerson

28/06/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Monash Science News - Order from chaos: Monash vortex study first proof of decades-old theory

Shaun Johnstone, Andrew Groszek, Phil Starkey, Christopher Billington, Tapio Simula & Kristian Helmerson

28/06/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research