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Dr Simon Hanna

Dr Simon Hanna

Dr Simon Hanna
M.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Reader in Physics

Office 3.44
HH Wills Physics Laboratory,
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL
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+44 (0) 117 928 8771


My primary research interest is in the physics of holographic optical tweezers and their applications in nanoscience. This work forms part of the Dynamic Holographic Assembler project.

I am also interested in molecular nanophysics. In collaboration with other members of the Nanophysics and Soft Matter group, I study image formation in the atomic force microscope (AFM) and single molecule force-spectroscopy.
I also study self-assembling molecular nanostructures through molecular modeling techniques including Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations.

I have co-authored a book on Liquid Crystalline Polymers


Outside the department, I am Vice-Chairman of the Polymer Physics Group of the Institute of Physics, and a member of the Applied Physics and Technology Division committee.


  • nanoscience
  • molecular nanophysics
  • Polymers

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