Dr Anna Kowalczyk PhD

Dr Anna Kowalczyk

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor

Dr Anna Kowalczyk specialises in development of quantum sensors based on the interaction of the resonant light with atomic vapours of alkali atoms and in applications of Optically Pumped Magnetometers for biomedical diagnostics.

She has extensive experience in experimental atomic physics and optics, spectroscopy and metrology.


PhD in Physics at The Open University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Sciences, United Kingdom, 2012

Master Degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics (engineering background), Faculty of Applied Physics, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, 2008  


  • Associate Professor, Quantum Neuroscience group, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK, 2022
  • Researcher Co-Investigator, TMS with Optically Pumped Magnetometers, Technology Touching Life project, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK 2018
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, QT-Shield, Innovate UK project, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, UK 2017
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Dipolar Quantum Magnets project, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, UK 2013
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Rydberg atoms project, Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University, UK 2012

Postgraduate supervision

The Quantum Neuroscience group will supervise students interested in developing quantum sensors for neuroscience applications or in applications of quantum sensors in cognitive and clinical neuroscience.


Optically Pumped Magnetometers, Quantum sensors and their applications

Website: https://quantumgasesbham.wixsite.com/home

Other activities

Head of the local organizing committee of the Workshop on Optically Pumped Magnetometers (WOPM) 2022 and OPM satellite meeting to International Conference on Biomagnetism to be held at University Birmingham 2022 (BIOMAG2022)


Recent publications


Cook, H, Bezsudnova, Y, Koponen, LM, Jensen, O, Barontini, G & Kowalczyk, AU 2024, 'An optically pumped magnetic gradiometer for the detection of human biomagnetism', IOP Quantum Science and Technology, vol. 9, no. 3, 035016. https://doi.org/10.1088/2058-9565/ad3d81

Brickwedde, M, Bezsudnova, Y, Kowalczyk, A, Jensen, O & Zhigalov, A 2022, 'Application of rapid invisible frequency tagging for brain computer interfaces', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol. 382, 109726. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneumeth.2022.109726

Bezsudnova, Y, Koponen, L, Barontini, G, Jensen, O & Kowalczyk, A 2022, 'Optimising the sensing volume of OPM sensors for MEG source reconstruction', NeuroImage, vol. 264, 119747. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119747

Kowalczyk, A, Bezsudnova, Y, Jensen, O & Barontini, G 2021, 'Detection of human auditory evoked brain signals with a resilient nonlinear optically pumped magnetometer', NeuroImage, vol. 226, 117497. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.117497

Muñoz, JM, Wang, X, Hewitt, T, Kowalczyk, AU, Sawant, R & Barontini, G 2020, 'Dissipative distillation of supercritical quantum gases', Physical Review Letters, vol. 125, no. 2, 020403. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.020403

Benedicto Orenes, D, Kowalczyk, AU, Witkowska, E & Barontini, G 2019, 'Exploring the thermodynamics of spin-1 Bose gases with synthetic magnetization', New Journal of Physics, vol. 21, no. 4, 043024. https://doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/ab14b4

Liu, J, Wang, X, Mellado Muñoz, J, Kowalczyk, A & Barontini, G 2019, 'Vortex conveyor belt for matter-wave coherent splitting and interferometry', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, 1267. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-38641-4, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-38641-4

Hordell, J, Benedicto Orenes, D, Petrov, P, Kowalczyk, A, Barontini, G & Boyer, V 2018, 'Transport of spatial squeezing through an optical waveguide', Optics Express, vol. 26, no. 18, 335635, pp. 22783-22792. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.26.022783

Benedicto Orenes, D, Kowalczyk, A, Bongs, K & Barontini, G 2017, 'Endoscopic imaging of quantum gases through a fiber bundle', Optics Express, vol. 25, no. 17, pp. 19701-19710. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.25.019701

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