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Research at St Andrews

Graham David Bruce


Graham David Bruce
Postal address:
School of Physics & Astronomy
Physical Science Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463019

Research overview

Graham is Senior Research Laboratory Manager in the Optical Manipulation Group (

Graham's research covers a number of areas in the field of optics. He uses lasers to control and manipulate objects ranging from single atoms to micron-scale glass beads, to enable their use in quantum physics investigations. He also scrambles laser beams on rough surfaces and uses the resultant speckle pattern to perform metrology. Finally, he investigates methods of holographic laser beam shaping for a variety of applications.

In 2020, he was awarded the Silver Medal for physics at the prestigious STEM for Britain event.

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