Nick Proukakis

Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle

Professor of Quantum Physics

Tel/Ext: +44 (0) 191 208 8832

Office: 2.11 Nick Proukakis's personal website.

Main Areas of Expertise:

Bose-Einstein Condensation (Atoms, Polaritons & Photons: equilibrium, non-equilibrium properties, phase and density fluctuations, atom chips, atom lasers, atom interferometers, multi-component condensates, solitons and vortices, artificial gauge fields)

Quantum Fluids & Turbulence and Macroscopic Excitations (vortex motion, generation, characterization and decay of vortex tangles and superfluid turbulence, dark and bright solitons)

Non-Equilibrium and Quantum Many-Body Phenomena (Finite Temperature and Stochastic Modelling








NEW: 3-year Postdoctoral Position on Quantum Gases


I collaborate with a number of leading international theoretical and experimental research groups including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Taiwan, US, and have recently held visiting professorships in Canada (University of Toronto and Queen's University), Belgium (Antwerpen), Germany (Tubingen) and Australia (visiting fellow) and have hosted a number of researchers and visiting PhD students from the UK, Australia, Germany and Taiwan. See list of publications for recent joint work.

Recent Research-Related Highlights:

 'Universal Themes of Bose-Einstein Condensation Workshop' Lorentz Center Workshop (March 2013), covering BEC-related systems across all physical scales (Ultracold Trapped Atomic Gases, Superfluids, Superconductors & Permanent Thermodynamic Transitions in Solids, Quasi-Equilibrium Condensates, Nuclear, Particle & Astrophysics, Phase Transitions & Quantum Quenches, Novel Interfaces & Applications) and featuring the participation of Nobel Laureattes Wolfgang Ketterle and Tony Leggett.'Universal Themes of Bose-Einstein Condensation Workshop' Lorentz Center Workshop (March 2013), covering BEC-related systems across all physical scales:

and featuring Plenary Lectures by Nobel Laureattes Wolfgang Ketterle and Tony Leggett.



'Quantum Gases: Finite Temperature and Non-Equilibrium Dynamics' N.P. Proukakis, S.A. Gardiner, M.J. Davis, M.H. Szymanska (Eds.) (Imperial College Press, 2013) [ ISBN: 978-1-84816-810-7 ] featuring an extensive collection of current state-of-the-art theories for describing atomic gases and other related systems, including exciton-polaritons, presented by key researchers of the field in a unified manner, with common notation, editorial comments and a joint reference section.

Recent Research Grants (PI/CI):

EP/K03250X/1: Excitations, Rotational Dynamics, and Rotational Sensing in 2-Species Bose-Einstein Condensates (see also Durham joint grant EP/K030558/1 )

EP/I019413/1: Turbulence in quantum gases: setting the framework (jointly with CF Barenghi, JQC)

EP/F055935/1: Ultracold gases far from Equilibrium: Fluctuations in time-dependent Geometries

EP/H018093/1: FINESS 2009 (Finite Temperature Non-Equilibrium Superfluid Systmes) (jointly with SA Gardiner, JQC)

and various smaller EPSRC-based newcastle University grants, and Royal Society International Travel Grant,.

Research Opportunities: