Winner of the QEP Group Doctoral Research Prize 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 QEP Doctoral Research Prize has been awarded to Dr Joshua Silverstone for his work on ‘Entangled Light in Silicon Waveguides’, under the supervision of Professors Mark Thompson and Jeremy O’Brien at the Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol, UK.

He is recognized for research merging traditional expertise in quantum optics with industrial silicon photonics, establishing an approach to scaling up quantum devices, such as those for quantum measurement, communications, and quantum computation. A notable landmark was the first demonstration of coherent interference between on-chip photon sources and, in the words of Professor Thompson, “The devices we have created based on aspects of Josh’s work have created the most functionally complex photonic quantum circuit to date. Josh has lead the way in harnessing coherently-pumped silicon-chip-based photon-pair sources to produce larger and more versatile entangled states on-chip”. A number of large grants have been secured at Bristol to pursue and further develop silicon quantum photonic technology and Dr Silverstone will be staying in Bristol to continue his work, developing quantum applications on novel integrated optics platforms. He receives an award of £250 and a certificate.

Bristol’s Centre for Quantum Photonics spans the University’s School of Physics, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, with aims to explore fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics and to work towards future photonic quantum technologies by generating, manipulating and measuring single photons as well as the quantum systems that emit them. Major research areas include quantum communications, quantum sensing and metrology, and quantum computing.

Special Commendations

In an exceptional year for the strength of nominations, the prize committee is also pleased to announce Special Commendations for Dr Peter Humphreys for his work on ‘Ultrafast quantum optics and optical metrology’ with Professor Ian Walmsley at the University of Oxford, and for Dr Jacques Carolan for work on ‘Universal Linear Optics: Characterisation, Verification, and Computation’ with, once again, Professor O’Brien at the University of Bristol. Both receive an award of £125 and certificate.

 

NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW for the 2017 prize: The QEP Doctoral Research Prize recognizes students who have conducted work of an exceptional standard in the field of quantum electronics and photonics. The prize is open to students who successfully complete their PhD examination during the 2016 calendar year, with the winner receiving an award of £250. Details of the nomination procedure can be found on the prize web page.

Closing Date: 6th January 2017

Deadline for Optics and Photonics prize nomination approaching: 29 February 2016

The Optical Group and the Quantum Electronics and Photonics (QEP) Group invite nominations for the Optics and Photonics prize, awarded biennially for an outstanding contribution to the optics and photonics community mainly undertaken in the UK or Ireland.

The winner will be presented with a certificate, and invited to give a plenary lecture, at Photon16 conference at the University of Leeds, 5-8 September 2016.

Nominations for this prize are invited from any member of the Optical or QEP groups. Nomination forms are available here and when completed should be sent to the secretary of either group (Optical or QEP) by Monday 29 February 2016. The winner will be selected from these nominations by the group committees.

One Day Meeting on Solid State Quantum Photonics

University of Sheffield – Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The goals of the meeting are to bring together researchers working in related aspects of solid state quantum photonics to present their most recent results and to exchange views across current boundaries. Coverage will include:

  • Quantum dots, both epitaxial and colloidal,
  • Optical phenomena in 2D materials
  • Colour centres in wide gap materials such as diamond and SiC.

This meeting will partially follow in the series of UK Quantum Dot Days but will have the wider scope indicated above. The day will be composed of invited and contributed talks and poster presentations. Abstract submission is invited for what promises to be a highly interesting and stimulating day. Further details including invited speakers, important dates, abstract submission template, etc., may be found on the event website.

Note: the abstract submission deadline is 22 February 2016

Open nominations for the EPS-QEOD prize

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society is presently soliciting nominations for their biennial prize in ‘Research in Laser Science and Applications’ to be presented at the 2016 Europhoton Conference on Solid-State, Fibre and Waveguide Coherent Light Sources.  Details of the application procedure and information required are given online.

Nominations are to be received online through the submission site by April 15th, 2016 at the latest. All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive.

 

[Image Credit: EPS]

Call to host QuAMP 2017

A call has been made to institutions for hosting the Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics Conference (QuAMP) 2017, usually held in autumn every 2 years. The conference last year was at the University of Sussex.

QuAMP is the biennial AMOP meeting of the Institute of Physics: the International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics. It is usually held in September in odd years, and attracts researchers from across the globe.

The meeting covers Quantum technology, Quantum information, Metrology, Ultra-cold matter, Atomic and molecular interactions, Ultra-fast phenomena, Quantum optics and Plasma physics. The format is plenary talks by invited speakers plus contributed talks and posters.

Based on previous conferences, the expected attendance is approximately 150 delegates.

Information about the most recent and other previous QuAMP conferences can be found here.

If you are interested in hosting QuAMP 2017 please contact Dr Alex Clark.

 

[Image Credit: Tim Donovan]

Newton lecture 2015: Professor Eli Yablonovitch

The winner of the 2015 IOP Isaac Newton medal was Professor Eli Yablonovitch from University of California, Berkeley, for his “visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures.”.

Watch his 2015 Newton lecture, chaired by IOP President, Professor Roy Sambles, and an interview with Professor Yablonovitch where he discusses his lifetime of research and greatest achievements.

 

[Image Credit: Institute of Physics]

Call for nominations: Optics and Photonics Prize 2016

The Optical Group and the Quantum Electronics and Photonics (QEP) Group invite nominations for the Optics and Photonics prize, awarded biennially for an outstanding contribution to the optics and photonics community mainly undertaken in the UK or Ireland.

The winner will be presented with a certificate, and invited to give a plenary lecture, at Photon16 conference at the University of Leeds, 5-8 September 2016.

Nominations for this prize are invited from any member of the Optical or QEP groups. Nomination forms are available here and when completed should be sent to the secretary of either group (Optical or QEP) by Monday 29 February 2016. The winner will be selected from these nominations by the group committees.

Carl Paterson, Chair, IOP Optical Group
David Binks, Chair IOP QEP Group

 

[Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson]