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]