Robert Ballagh

Biographical Information

Robert John Ballagh, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Otago, has made major contributions to the role of collisions in astrophysics and to nonlinear optics, including the effects of polarization and propagation, before moving into the field of quantum-condensed atoms. He has made significant contributions to the quantum theory of the interaction of radiation with atoms and has established himself as one of the leading researchers in the quantum and atom optics international community. His recent work on the theory of Bose-Einstein condensed gases and particularly the understanding of quantised vortices has placed him at the forefront of international research in defining novel quantum properties of macroscopic matter