2017 QEP Doctoral Research Prize recipients

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 QEP Doctoral Research Prize has been awarded jointly to Dr. Dianmin Lin for her work on ‘Flat Optics Based On Dielectric Gradient Metasurfaces’, under the supervision of Prof. Mark Brongersma at Stanford University, USA; and to Dr. Jamie Francis-Jones for his work on “Active multiplexing of spectrally engineered heralded single photons in an integrated fibre architecture”, under Dr. Peter Mosley at the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials, University of Bath, UK.

Dr. Lin is recognized for the design and demonstration of all-dielectric (silicon) phase-gradient metasurface optical elements, such as axicons, flat lenses and blazed gratings, operating in transmission mode at visible wavelengths, as well as multifunctional metasurfaces providing new or combined functions that are difficult if not impossible to achieve with conventional optical components.

The Brongersma Group at Stanford University is concerned with the development and understanding of nanophotonic devices. As part of a worldwide research and development effort on ‘metamaterials’ – manmade media that possess unique properties not found in nature, students in the group aim to nanostructure the layered materials in conventional optoelectronic devices so as to increase their performance or to achieve entirely new functions. They have successfully applied this approach to the fields of solar energy production, information technology, and optical imaging.

Dr. Francis-Jones is recognized for the development of an innovative single-photon source based upon four-wave mixing in photonic crystal fibre, which employs active switching to enhance the probability of delivering photons into a single mode. The capability to multiplex sources of single photons is critical in deploying photonic quantum-enhanced technologies for communication and computation.

The Centre for Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials (CPPM) at the University of Bath is formed of around thirty academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students and pursues research across a range of topics from photonic crystal fibre for lasers, high-energy pulse delivery, advanced endoscopy, and quantum optics to graphene, astrophotonics, the theory of nonlinear optical systems, plasmonics, and chiral materials.

The QEP Doctoral Research Prize recognizes students who have conducted work of an exceptional standard in the field of quantum electronics and photonics. The winning student receives an award of £250 and a certificate.

QEP group involved in new roadmapping pilot

The Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group are involved in a new roadmapping pilot to identify the challenges faced in photonics, and ways to address them, for the benefit of society and the economy.

In a meeting in London, 12 January 2017, a selection of experts from academia and industry gathered to brainstorm and provide their insight, focussed around two themes: Discovery, how to go about ensuring the future health of the discipline, and Economy, how to translate the emergence of results into new products and processes.

Watch a short video diary on the workshop.

Early career researcher nominations sought for 2017 Bates Prize

Nominations are invited from early career researchers for the 2017 Bates Prize. The Bates Prize is awarded in odd years to commemorate Sir David Bates FRS and his pioneering studies of atomic and molecular processes and their role in atmospheric science, plasma physics and astronomy.

Dr Janet Anders from the University of Exeter won the 2015 prize for her pioneering contributions to quantum information theory and its application to quantum thermodynamics. The Bates Prize shall be awarded to an early career researcher for outstanding research, published within the previous five years on a topic relevant to the below groups;

• Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Quantum Control
• Atomic and Molecular Interactions
• Molecular Physics
• Quantum Electronics and Photonics
• Plasma Physics

The prize is a cheque for £500, accompanied by a certificate. There is a plaque which the recipient holds for two years. The recipient is expected to also give the Bates Prize Talk at the QuAMP conference which will be held in Glasgow at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel, from 4-7 September 2017.

Find out more, including eligibility and how to apply.


[Image Credit: Main, Adam Bates; Inset, University of Exeter]

Optical Biomimetics event to be held in London this month

22 February 2017, Imperial College London, UK

Ever since humans contemplated replicating the flight of birds, biomimetics has sought solutions to complicated problems by examining how Nature, with the advantage of several millions of years of evolution, has tackled them before. Nowhere is this more apparent than in optics where some of the rich optical behaviour presented through evolutionary nano-structuring can now be replicated to our advantage in the laboratory.  Structural colouration of morpho butterfly wings, for example, was recently commercialized to produce interferometric modulation to define pixel colouration in displays.

Confirmed invited speakers:

  • Professor Pete Vukusic (Exeter)
  • Dr Bruno Frka-Petesic (Cambridge)
  • Professor Andrew Parker (Oxford)
  • Dr Guillaume Gomard (Karlsruhe)
  • Dr Stuart Boden (Southampton)
  • Professor Helge-Otto Fabritius (Düsseldorf, Germany)

This one day meeting sponsored by the Institute of Physics Optical Group and hosted at Imperial College, seeks to share recent insights on optical biomimecry from groups from the UK and continental Europe. Both commercial and research aspects of Biomimetics will be considered at the meeting.

Find out more at Optical Biomimetics.

[Image Credit: Institute of Physics]

EPS-Quantum Electronics and Optics Division issues call for 2017 prize nominations

European Physical Society – Quantum Electronics and Optics Division

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is soliciting nominations for the biennial Quantum Electronics and Optics Prizes, Fresnel Prizes and Thesis Prizes, which will be presented at the 2017 Edition of the CLEO/Europe-EQEC Conference in Munich, Germany, between Sunday 25 June and Thursday 29 June 2017.

Nominations are to be received on line by March 24th, 2017 at the latest. 

EPS Quantum Electronics & Optics Prizes: Two Quantum Electronics & Optics prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics. There is one prize for fundamental aspects and another one for applied aspects. Each Prize winner will receive a medal and 5000 Euro.

Fresnel Prizes 2017: Two EPS-QEOD prizes will be awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by young scientists before the age of 35 (as of December 31st, 2017). There is one prize for fundamental aspects and one prize for applied aspects. The prize winners will each receive a medal and 2000 Euro.

EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes 2017: Four EPS/QEOD prizes will reward excellence in PhD research and scientific communication in quantum electronics and optics related to a PhD thesis defended in the period June 2015 – June 2017. The prize winners are each to receive a diploma and 1000 Euro.

On line Submission

All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive. Please click the links below to access the submission site: http://qeod.epsdivisions.org/QEOD%20Prizes/open-nominations


On behalf of the European Physical SocietyQuantum Electronics and Optics Division


[Image Credit: EPS-QEOD]


Albert Polman is awarded the 2017 EPS QEOD Prize for Research into the Science of Light

Albert Polman The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of EPS has recently announced that Professor Albert Polman has been elected the winner of the 2017 prize for Research into the Science of Light “for mastering light at the nanoscale and for demonstrating novel applications in nanoscale optical circuits, photovoltaics, and super-resolution imaging”.

Albert is a scientific group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Professor of photonic materials for photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam.

The prize was awarded at the recent 6th International Topical Meeting on Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (Nanometa) held in Seefeld, Austria from January 4-7, 2017, where Albert delivered a plenary lecture.

Read more about the prize and Albert’s work.


[Image Credit: see Nanometa 2017]

New QEP committee members announced

Following a recent call for nominations, we welcome new members to the QEP committee to serve a four year term.

Dr Gaby Slavtcheva (University of Bath) has been appointed as Honorary Secretary while Dr Susannah Heck (Kaiam Europe Ltd), who was previously an Ordinary Member, takes charge of the Treasurer role.

We have also five new Ordinary Members: Dr Darren M. Graham (The University of Manchester), Dr David Benton (Aston University), Dr Donald Govan (Oclaro Inc), Dr Esmaeil Namvar (University of Portsmouth) and Dr Martin Lavery (University of Glasgow).

No doubt all new members will make a great contribution to the group and we thank them for their service.


[Image Credit: Nathan]