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Professor Richard Haley

Professor of Low Temperature Physics

Richard Haley

Physics Building



Tel: +44 1524 593211

PhD supervision

Please contact me if you are interested in a PhD in low temperature physics. We offer a range of projects including: experiments on superfluid helium-3 at world-record low temperatures close to absolute zero; fabricating and cooling nano-electronic and nano-electro-mechanical devices for fundamental science and new quantum technologies; development of new cooling techniques to push the boundaries of the lowest achievable temperatures.


Head of Low Temperature Group

Theme Lead for Quantum Technologies at Ultra-Low Temperatures


Rich Haley is responsible for a program of ultra-low temperature superfluid helium-3 experiments on phase transitions and nucleation which have fundamental implications across all science, and is involved in group work that includes the study of quantum turbulence. He develops new refrigeration techniques to push the limits of the lowest achievable temperatures in nano-fabricated devices and quantum-engineered sensors.


 At temperatures close to absolute zero helium-3, the light isotope of helium, forms a unique superfluid liquid where friction vanishes and all atoms are in the same quantum-mechanical state. This is the purest and most complex system for which we already have the “Theory of Everything”, and has an internal structure that mirrors that of space-time itself. Consequently, as well as being an ideal analogue for almost everything in condensed matter physics, superfluid helium-3 can be used to simulate particle and cosmic phenomena such as black holes and cosmic strings.


Rich gained his doctorate at the University of Manchester, working on the magnetic and textural properties of the A phase of superfluid helium-3. He then spent two years at the University of Florida making ultra-low temperature NMR and pressure measurements on solid mixtures of helium-3 in helium-4. He returned to the UK at the end of 1997 to take up a postdoc in the Lancaster ULT group.


In 2002 Rich was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, extended to 2010.

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