TB’s Short Profile

Thomas Bland grew up in Kendal in the North of England, known for its energy-giving (read: sugar-filled) “Kendal Mint Cake”. In 2010 he moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) where he obtained his Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Statistics, working with Nick Proukakis on quasi-one-dimensional quantum gases at finite temperature. Staying in Newcastle, he started his PhD with Nick Parker working on dipolar quantum gases, primarily interested in the existence, stability, and dynamics of solitons in these systems. Towards the end of the PhD, following a visit to Andy Martin at the University of Melbourne, he worked on the problem of rotational tuning of the dipole-dipole interaction in dipolar Bose gases. After receiving his doctorate in 2018, he returned to work with Nick Proukakis on atomtronics—quantum technological applications of quantum gases—designing architectures for rotational and acceleration sensors with double-ring Bose gases.


In December 2020 he joined the group of Francesca Ferlaino as a theorist, modelling the experiments of the Erbium and Er-Dy labs here in Innsbruck.

TB’s CV at Glance

12/2020 – present Post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Ferlaino at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Innsbruck, Austria.
2019 – 2020 EPSRC Doctoral Prize Research Fellow, hosted at Newcastle University by Prof. Nick Proukakis.
2014 – 2018 PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at Newcastle University under the supervision of Dr. N.G.Parker and Prof. N.P.Proukakis. Project title:Elementary and topological excitations in an ultra-cold dipolar Bose gas.
2010 – 2014 MMath mathematics at Newcastle University

TB’s Theory Publications


TB’s Other Publications

  1. L. Amico, et al., Roadmap on Atomtronics, arXiv:2008.04439 (2020)
  2. K Brown, T Bland, P Comaron, NP Proukakis, Periodic quenches through the Berezinskii-Kosterless-Thouless transition, Phys. Rev. Research 3, 013097 (2021)
  3. M Edmonds, T Bland, N Parker, Quantum droplets of quasi-one-dimensional dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates, J. Phys. Commun. 4 125008 (2020)
  4. T Bland, Q Marolleau, P Comaron, BA Malomed, NP Proukakis, Persistent current formation in double-ring geometries, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 53 115301 (2020)
  5. MJ Knight, T Bland, NG Parker, AM Martin, Improved low-dimensional wave equations for cigar-shaped and disk-shaped dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates, arXiv:1908.02395 (2019)
  6. SB Prasad, T Bland, BC Mulkerin, NG Parker, AM Martin, Vortex lattice formation in dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates via rotation of the polarization, Phys. Rev. A 100, 023625 (2019)
  7. SB Prasad, T Bland, BC Mulkerin, NG Parker, AM Martin, Instability of rotationally-tuned dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 050401 (2019)
  8. T. Bland, G. W. Stagg, L. Galantucci, A. W. Baggaley, and N. G. Parker, Quantum ferrofluid turbulence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 174501 (2018)
  9. T. Bland, N. G. Parker, N. P. Proukakis and B. A. Malomed, Probing quasi-integrability of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation in a harmonic-oscillator potential, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 51, 205303 (2018)
  10. T. Bland, K. Pawlowski, M. J. Edmonds, K. Rzazewski, and N. G. Parker, Interaction-sensitive oscillations of dark solitons in trapped dipolar condensates, Phys. Rev. A 95, 063622 (2017)
  11. M. J. Edmonds, T. Bland, and N. G. Parker, Engineering Bright Matter-Wave Solitons of Dipolar Condensates, New Journal of Physics 17, 023019 (2017)
  12. T. Bland, J. Tong, B. Ward, and N. G. Parker, Geometric distortion of area in medical ultrasound images, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 797, 012002 (2017)
  13. M. J. Edmonds, T. Bland, D. H. J. O’Dell, and N. G. Parker, Exploring the Stability and Dynamics of Dipolar Matter-Wave Dark Solitons, Phys. Rev. A 93 063617 (2016)
  14. T. Bland, M. J. Edmonds, N. P. Proukakis, A. M. Martin, D. H. J. O’Dell, and N. G. Parker, Controllable nonlocal interactions between dark solitons in dipolar condensates, Phys. Rev. A 92, 063601 (2015)