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Muddassar Rashid completed his undergraduate studies in Physics at University College London. He then undertook a specialised MSc in Photon Science from the University of Manchester, before completing his PhD in Physics from the University of Southampton under the supervision of Professor Hendrik Ulbricht with a thesis titled: 'Cooling and Squeezing of in levitated optomechanics'. Muddassar continued on as a postdoctoral researcher, working on rotational optomechanics and novel measurement schemes in levitated systems. He then joined King's in 2019 to work in the Photonics & Nanotechnology group with Dr James Millen, focussing predominantly on levitated electromechanics for studies in nano-thermodynamics.

Muddassar has published 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented numerous conference talks and public lectures.

Research interests

  • Quantum State control and preparation using levitated nanomechanical oscillators as a means to generate macroscopic quantum states.
  • Ultra-weak Force sensing with rotating rigid rotors for detection of external torques and forces
  • Nano-heat engines using levitated systems, with tailored hot and cold baths.
  • Stochastic thermodynamics explores how laws of thermodynamics that are inherently valid for a statistical ensemble are modified for when we zoom into a single particle case and every statistical point has significance.

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