People - Assoc Prof Jon-Paul Wells - Physics and Astronomy - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Jon-Paul Wells


Professor of Physics and Astronomy


PhD, University of Canterbury


204, Physics and Astronomy

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364-3308
Internal Phone: 3308

Postal address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Canterbury,
Private Bag 4800,
Christchurch 8140,
New Zealand

Conference co-ordinator

3rd International Working Group on Rotational Seismology


  • PHYS101 Semester 2 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves and Thermal Physics
  • PHYS205 Semester 1 Waves, Optics and Mechanics
  • PHYS206 Semester 2 Electromagnetism and Materials
  • PHYS285 Semester 1 Technical and Professional Skills for Physicists
  • PHYS323/413 - Laser Physics and Modern Optics (not offered in 2016)

Department Administration Duties

  • Head of Research Committee
  • Department publications, promotion and outreach
  • Privacy officer
  • Erskine Search Coordinator
  • Member of Advisory Committee

Postdoctoral Fellows

Thesis Students

Completed Thesis Students


JPRW finished his PhD in laser spectroscopy of rare earth doped optoelectronic materials in 1997. He spent March 1997 - Feb 1999 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (UK) where femtosecond pump-probe techniques were performed with the broad objective of understanding non-radiative processes in near infrared emitters. In March 1999 he moved to the Dutch FELIX free electron laser facility in Nieuwegein. In close collaboration with Universiteit Utrecht and the University of Canterbury (NZ), an extensive vibrational dynamics programme was developed. From June 2002 until June 2006, he held a lectureship in ultrafast semiconductor physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, working on some rather diverse problems in the physics of optoelectronic materials. In August 2006, he returned to New Zealand to lead the ring laser group at Canterbury.

Research Interests

  • UC Research Profile
  • Ring lasers, interferometry and applications,
  • Optoelectronic materials,
  • Free electron laser spectroscopy.
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140,
    New Zealand.
    Phone: +64 3 364 2523
    Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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