David Hutchinson


Research Interests

Quantum physics; ultracold atomic physics; theoretical physics

Institutional Contact

University of Otago

Department of Physics and the Dodd-Walls Centre

Dodd-Walls Centre,
Department of Physics
University of Otago
New Zealand


David’’s degrees are in mathematics and theoretical physics from the University of Exeter in the UK. He pursued post-doctoral research in Dublin and then at Queen’s University in Canada before moving to Oxford University where he was lecturer in physics at Somerville College for three years. He moved to his post at Otago in 2000. His research has ranged through the fields of semiconductor physics, plasma physics and quantum physics in general, although his specialization now is in very low temperature atomic physics and, particularly, the phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation. It is for research in this area that he was awarded the 2003 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal for outstanding research by an Otago University staff member in their early career. He is now a Professor in the Department ofPhysics and Director of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum technology, a national Centre of Research Excelence.