Dr Andrew Hinton MSci, PhD

Dr Andrew Hinton

School of Physics and Astronomy
Research Fellow in Gravity Gradiometry

Contact details

UK Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing
Metallurgy and Materials Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Andrew Hinton is a research fellow and technical lead of gravity gradiometer sensor development.

Andrew has over 10 years of experience developing portable quantum technology, including gravimeters, gravity gradiometers, and optical lattice clocks.

His research is focused on scaling laboratory quantum systems into useful, field deployable sensors which will have real world impact in the civil engineering and navigation sectors.


  • PhD in Physics, 2016
  • MSci in Physics, 2012


Andrew Hinton qualified with an MSci in Physics from the University of Birmingham in 2012. He went on to study for a PhD in Physics before joining the prestigious research team of Professor Hidetoshi Katori in Tokyo, Japan as a Special Postdoctoral Researcher. Following his time in Japan, Andrew spent a period working for M2 Lasers in Glasgow, where he led the development of commercial quantum sensors.

Andrew returned to the University of Birmingham in 2023 where he has taken on the role of technical lead in the gravity gradiometer sensor development at the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing.
His current duties include postgraduate supervision and enhancing the resilience of quantum sensors for operation in harsh environments.


Ohmae, N., Takamoto, M., Takahashi, Y., Kokubun, M., Araki, K., Hinton, A., Ushijima, I., Muramatsu, T., Furumiya, T., Sakai, Y., Moriya, N., Kamiya, N., Fujii, K., Muramatsu, R., Shiimado, T. and Katori, H. (2021), Transportable Strontium Optical Lattice Clocks Operated Outside Laboratory at the Level of 10−18 Uncertainty. Adv. Quantum Technol., 4: 2100015. https://doi.org/10.1002/qute.202100015

Hinton A., Perea-Ortiz M., Winch J., Briggs J., Freer S., Moustoukas D., Powell-Gill S., Squire C., Lamb A., Rammeloo C., Stray B., Voulazeris G., Zhu L., Kaushik A., Lien Y.-H., Niggebaum A., Rodgers A., Stabrawa A., Boddice D., Plant S. R., Tuckwell G. W., Bongs K., Metje N. and Holynski M., (2017), A portable magneto-optical trap with prospects for atom interferometry in civil engineering, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A., 375: http://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2016.0238

D N Aguilera et al., (2014), STE-QUEST—test of the universality of free fall using cold atom interferometry,  Class. Quantum Grav. 31 115010

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