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Prof James Lloyd-Hughes

Research overview

My research group uses ultrafast spectroscopy techniques to investigate the physics of novel materials on short time scales of around one picosecond. We also develop sources and detectors of terahertz radiation. I am part of the Ultrafast & Terahertz Photonics group in the Physics Department. Please see a list of our recent publications for more details on my research. I also direct the Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy, a facility for UV, visible, IR and THz ultrafast spectroscopy, and which is one of the university's Research Technology Platforms.

Funded PhD studentships: Please contact me if you are interested in a PhD in these areas.

Ultrafast spectroscopy

  • Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy
  • Optical pump, THz probe
  • Nonlinear THz spectroscopy (high THz electric fields)
  • Transient infrared and visible absorption spectroscopy

Semiconductors & nanomaterials

  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Heteronanotubes: quasi-1D composite materials
  • Halide perovskites: charge transport, recombination and interfacial processes
  • Organic semiconductors

Functional materials

  • Atomic-scale defects in carbon
  • Vibrational states in wide-bandgap semiconductors
  • Probing magnetically-induced states with THz radiation: cyclotron spectroscopy; multiferroics

Teaching and Administration

From September 2023 onwards I am the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Physics Department. I have previously acted as the Department's Director of Graduate Studies, and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor.

I lead the Warwick Centre for Ultrafast SpectroscopyLink opens in a new window, a research facility that uses short laser pulses to probe the properties of new materials.


A bit about me, in reverse chronological order! I am a full Professor in the Department of Physics at Warwick, where I have been based since 2013. I have acted as Postgraduate Admissions Tutor (2016-2019) and Director of Graduate Studies (2019-2022) for the Department. From 2009 to 2014 I was an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow, held first at the University of Oxford, then Warwick. Before that I completed a postdoc at ETH Zurich with Prof. Jérôme Faist, and my PhD at Oxford with Dr. Michael Johnston. For my undergraduate degree I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge.

Ten recent papers...

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Prof. James Lloyd-Hughes

James Lloyd-Hughes

Contact Details:

Office: MAS 3.06
Telephone: 44 (0) 2476 522043
Fax: 44 (0)2476 150897
Address: Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.


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