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Distinguished Professor Peter Hannaford

Professor Emeritus


Professor Hannaford received a BSc, MSc and PhD from the University of Melbourne. He was a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO in Clayton, Australia before moving to Swinburne University of Technology in 2001 to become Director of the Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy and a University Distinguished Professor. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at Swinburne University and leader of the Time Crystals project within the Optical Sciences Centre. He has been a visiting scientist at the University of Reading, UK; Griffith University, Brisbane; the University of Otago, NZ; the University of Oxford, UK; the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany; the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy, Florence, Italy; the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris; and the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Research interests

Ultracold atoms; Bose Einstein condensation; Atom optics; Femtosecond laser spectroscopy; Laser atomic physics; Ultracold Fermi gases

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Simulation of Condensed Matter Phenomena using Ultracold Atoms in a Magnetic Lattice

Fields of Research

  • Degenerate Quantum Gases And Atom Optics - 510801
  • Nonlinear Optics And Spectroscopy - 510203


  • 2023, National, Companion of the Order of Australia, Australian Government
  • 2021, National, Beattie Steel Medal , Australian and New Zealand Optical Society
  • 2013, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Team Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2004, National, Australian Academy of Science Lloyd Rees Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2002, National, Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in laser spectroscopy, Australian Government
  • 2001, International, Elsevier Spectrochimica Acta Atomic Spectroscopy Award, Elsevier
  • 1991, National, Fellow, Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academo of Science
  • 1991, National, Australian Academy of Science Exchange Fellowship, Oxford, UK, Australian Academy of Science
  • 1990, National, Royal Society of Victoria Research Medal, Royal Society of Victoria
  • 1989, International, Royal Society Guest Research Fellowship, Oxford, UK, Royal Society of London
  • 1987, National, Fellow, Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Institute of Physics
  • 1985, National, Walter Boas Medal, Australian Institute of Physics
  • 1984, International, William Evans Visiting Fellowship, NZ, University of Otago
  • 1981, International, Science Research Council, Senior Visiting Research fellowship, UK, Science Research Council, UK


Also published as: Hannaford, Peter; Hannaford, P.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Big time crystals: a new paradigm in condensed matter *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2019: Building Time Crystals with Ultracold Atoms *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2018: Australian Quantum Gas Microscope *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2017: Generation and application of multi-colour ultrashort soft X-ray pulses *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2007: Development and application of a multifunction multidimentional ultrafast laser spectrometer (MMULS) (Lastek Laboratories Pty Ltd) *; Lastek Pty Ltd - Donation
  • 2005: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2003: ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Atom Optics *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme

* Chief Investigator