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Martin Knapp

Martin Knapp

Higher scientist

Martin Knapp is a DPhil student within the Time & Frequency department. Martin joined NPL in April 2018 as a research scientist, after completing an MPhys in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Sussex in 2017. In his final year project, he utilized data taken from the Hubble Frontier Fields program, to identify and study the intrinsic properties of high redshift galaxies from the early universe. In October 2019, he started a DPhil with University of Oxford and NPL.

Martin’s DPhil research is centered around the development of compact cold atom microwave clocks. With a focus on trying to identify novel approaches for generating and interrogating cold atoms whilst maintaining a compact form factor. During his time at NPL he has worked on numerous compact clock developments, and spent time characterizing various atomic clock components.

Areas of interest 

  • The study of ultracold atoms and their interaction with light
  • Pushing compact atomic clock research towards higher short-term frequency stability, by developing novel compact microwave clocks

Key publications 

  • MacV: VCSELs For Miniature Atomic Clocks
    D. Zaouris, M. Knapp, M. Haji, P. Gill, S. Shutts, PM. Smowton, I. Eddie, A. McKee, W. Meredith and D. Powell
    2019 Joint Conference of the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF/IFC) (2019)
  • Single Frequency Blue Lasers
    S. Watson, S. Gwyn, M. Knapp, S. Viola, G. Giuliano, T. Slight, S. Stanczyk, S. Grzanka, C. Robinson, A. Yadav, K. Docherty, E. Rafailov, P. Perlin, S. Najda, M. Leszczynski, M. Haji and A. Kelly
    2019 IEEE 2nd British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics (BICOP) (2019)

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