Professor Hannah Price

Professor Hannah Price

School of Physics and Astronomy
Professor of Theoretical Physics

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School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Hannah Price is a Professor of Theoretical Physics. Her research focuses on the creation and study of topological phases of matter in photonics and ultracold gases.


  • PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge, 2013
  • MSci in Natural Sciences (Physics), University of Cambridge, 2010


Hannah Price obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2013 for her research exploring topological phenomena in ultracold atomic gases. Her interests then expanded into photonics and quantum optics, first as a postdoctoral researcher and then a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the INO-CNR BEC Center at the University of Trento, Italy. 

She joined the University of Birmingham as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Birmingham Fellow in 2017.

In 2018, she was awarded the Institute of Physics James Clerk Maxwell Medal and Prize, as well as a University of Birmingham Founders’ Award: The Aston Webb Award for Outstanding Early Career Academic.


Hannah's research interests focus on photonics and cold atoms. In particular, her theoretical research explores how we can engineer such platforms to realise novel topological phases of matter, drawing on ideas developed to describe systems of electrons in condensed matter.

Most recently, she has built on developments in cold atoms and photonics to propose how to simulate the physics of higher-dimensional topological systems, such as the four-dimensional quantum Hall effect, for the first time in experiments. She is also interested in exploring new approaches for probing and engineering topological states in out-of-equilibrium or interacting systems. 


Selected Publications:

  • M. Lohse, C. Schweizer, H. M. Price, O. Zilberberg, I. Bloch, “Exploring 4D quantum Hall physics with a 2D topological charge pump”, Nature 553, 55, (2018)
  • M. Wimmer, H. M. Price, I. Carusotto, U. Peschel, “Experimental Measurement of the Berry Curvature from Anomalous Transport”, Nature Physics, 13, 545 (2017)
  • H. M. Price, O. Zilberberg, T. Ozawa, I. Carusotto and N. Goldman, “On the measurement of Chern numbers through center-of-mass responses”, Phys. Rev. B 93, 245113 (2016) [Editors’ Suggestion]
  • H. M. Price, O. Zilberberg, T. Ozawa, I. Carusotto and N. Goldman, “Four-Dimensional Quantum Hall Effect with Ultracold Atoms” Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 195303 (2015)
  • H. M. Price, T. Ozawa and I. Carusotto, “Quantum Mechanics with a Momentum Space Artificial Magnetic Field”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 190403 (2014)
  • H.M. Price and N.R. Cooper, “The Effects of Berry Curvature on the Collective Modes of Ultracold Gases”
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 220407 (2013)
  • H.M. Price and N.R. Cooper, “Mapping the Berry Curvature from Semiclassical Dynamics in Optical Lattices”, Phys. Rev. A 85, 033620 (2012)

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