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John McFerran

Dr John McFerran

ARC Future Fellow
Academic Staff (Physics and Astrophysics)

Contact details
Academic Staff (Physics and Astrophysics)
The University of Western Australia (M013)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3362 / +61 8 6488 7028
+61 8 6488 1014
BSc BE GradDipSc PhD W.Aust.
John McFerran is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS). Since completing his Ph.D. at UWA 2003 he has held research positions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (in the Time and Frequency Division and Optoelectronics Divisions), LNE-SYRTE, Paris Observatory and XLIM, Limoges, France. His fields of research include optical frequency synthesis (fibre-laser and solid state-laser-based frequency combs), optical atomic clocks and laser spectroscopy. He was awarded an ARC Future fellowship in 2011 (commencing in 2012) and has developed a cold atom optical clock based on ytterbium at UWA.
Key research
Optical atomic clocks.
Optical frequency synthesis.
Atomic spectroscopy.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Masters and PhD supervisor, lecturer, researcher and seminar convenor.
Future research
Testing the inverse square law of gravity at micron distance scales. Providing a time signal for the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space mission (ACES).
Funding received
Scientific Mobility (French) travel award 2013
ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS): 2018-2024.
Industrial relevance
Providing students with skills in electronics, computing, optics, and applied problem solving.
Un peu de Francais.
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)
Honours and awards
ARC Future Fellowship 2012-2016
Previous positions
Chercheur Postdoctoral, Systèmes de Référence Temps-Espace, Observatoire de Paris, France.
Chercheur Postdoctoral, XLIM Institute, Université de Limoges, France.
Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Boulder, USA.
Frontiers of Modern Physics PHYS3012 (Modern Optics & applied QM)
Useful links
New and noteworthy
Yb clock updates appear on facebook : Ytterby Lattice
Current projects
Optical lattice clock (with cold Yb atoms) for a Time-and-Frequency ground station.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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