Péter Juhász

Péter Juhász

Stipendiary Lecturer


I previously studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, carrying out my master's project in Dr Ulrich Schneider's group in Cambridge. I then joined Dr Robert Smith's group at the Department of Physics here in Oxford to carry out a DPhil which I will complete next year.

Research Interests

My research focuses on using ultracold atomic gases in experiment to study many-body quantum phenomena – specifically, I'm studying how magnetic interactions change the properties of quantum systems.

In the study of many-body quantum systems, two of the key tuning parameters are the nature of interactions between the particles and the geometry in which the particles are confined. Our experiment uses an ultracold gas of erbium atoms which, due to their large magnetic dipole moment, interact via long-range dipole-dipole interactions as well as the more usual contact interactions – this helps us to investigate the effect of magnetism on e.g. superfluidity. In certain circumstances, it also results in the appearance of supersolidity, a new and exotic state of matter which behaves like a solid and a superfluid at the same time. My research also has relevance in quantum computing, and our ultimate aim is to produce qubits that can remain stable for a longer amount of time than presently possible.


I teach all 1st Physics and second year Electromagnetism and Optics at St John's, but I have previously taught 2nd year Thermodynamics and 3rd year Atomic Physics as well.

Teaching is a really rewarding, bidirectional experience - while obviously my students are taught by me, one can learn from challenging students a lot! To make the course as interesting and relevant as possible, I like to draw on real-life examples so that students can see how what they learnt can be applied in real life. This includes lab visits where I try to explain how experiments in cutting-edge research work as well as pointing out various physical phenomena that we can see in our everyday lives (e.g. why is the sky blue? How are rainbows formed?).

Awards and Distinctions

2021 Invested as Member of the Order of Malta, for work with the homeless

2020 Departmental Transfer Prize, University of Oxford, for the best 1st-year PhD project

2019 Invested as Esquire of the Order of St John (EsqStJ), a British Crown Order, for work with the homeless

2018–2021 Scholarship of the Government of Hungary for young scientists, for high potential in Physics

2018 Royal Society Research Scholarship for undertaking fully-funded DPhil research at Oxford

2018 Award of the President of Hungary for young scientists, for high potential in Physics

2015–2018 Junior, then Senior Scholarship of Trinity College, Cambridge for academic merit

2014 Award of the Prime Minister of Hungary for achievements in sciences and arts

Recent Publications

Atom Cloud Detection and Segmentation Using a Deep Neural Network, Machine Learning: Science and Technology, IOP Publishing (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/2632-2153/abf5ee