Dr. Tyler Neely

Postdoctoral Research fellow, Chief Investigator

Dr. Neely was born and educated in the United States, completing his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Oregon. He then attended the University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences. In Arizona, he worked on experiments investigating superfluid vortices and critical phenomena in Bose-Einstein Condensates (BEC), in the group of A/Prof Brian Anderson. On completing his Ph.D. he completed a postdoctoral study at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado, where he investigated the application of frequency combs to mid-infrared spectroscopy in the group of Dr. Scott Diddams.

At the University of Queensland, he is a member of the Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) where as been implementing the dual-species microscope apparatus.


The development of novel trapping potentials for degenerate quantum gases has been an important factor driving experimental progress in the field. The introduction of spatial light modulators (SLMs) into quantum gas laboratories means that a range of configurable geometries are now possible.

Interferometric measurements with matter waves are established techniques for sensitive gravimetry, rotation sensing, and measurement of surface interactions, but compact interferometers will require techniques based on trapped geometries.


McKay Parry Nicholas et al, 2014
Review of Scientific Instruments, 85, 8, pp. 86103

We describe a magnetic coil design utilizing concentrically wound electro-magnetic insulating (EMI) foil (25.4 μm Kapton backing and 127 μm thick layers). The magnetic coils are easily configurable for differentcoil sizes, while providing large surfaces for low-pressure (0.12 bar) water cooling.

ARC Discovery Projects: Riding a quantum wave: transport and flow of atomic quantum fluids (2015–2018)

Abstract: In our lab, we use lasers and magnetic fields to cool tiny samples of millions of atoms to temperatures a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero. At such cold temperatures they form a superfluid known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, that flows with zero viscosity. Using tailored light fields to trap and guide the atoms, we will build rudimentary atomic circuits, and coax the superfluid to flow through a channel between two reservoirs, firstly with thermodynamic gradients, and secondly by building a quantum pump.