Professor Joseph Hope

Hope, Joseph profile
Position Professor
Department Physics Education Centre
Fundamental & Theoretical Physics
Quantum Science & Technology
Research group Quantum optics and quantum many-body systems group
Office phone (02) 612 52780
Office Physics North Link 1 03


Joe Hope is an ARC Future Fellow who leads a theory group focussing on many aspects of quantum theory.  He investigates atom lasers, BEC, quantum memories, atom-light entanglement and quantum field theoretical techniques.  He is also interested in feedback-based control of atom lasers and other high-dimensional quantum systems.

Prof. Hope teaches the undergraduate theoretical physics course Phys3001 and the honours course in quantum mechanics.  He uses blended learning approaches in these courses, where lectures are replaced by online materials and face-to-face time comes in the form of workshops. He is also using this approach as the basis for the MeriSTEM project, which aims to provide similar materials for secondary education.

Prof. Hope's group hosts the development for the popular XMDS software integration package (, which has been downloaded in 71 countries.  He is the secretary for the Australian Institute of Physics, and on the committees of the Education and Women in Physics topical subgroups of the AIP.  He works with local high school physics teachers to support secondary teaching, and often co-ordinates or performs outreach activities.

Research interests

  • Atom lasers
  • Feedback control of quantum systems
  • Bose-Einstein condensation
  • Quantum field simulations
  • Entanglement
  • Computational Physics