• New Cryostat Successfully Installed! (21/06/2018)

    Our new cryostat has been successfully installed! Everything went smoothly and we are excited to use the Attodry800 from attocube for experiments in 2D integrated photonics and quantum defects in SiC devices.

  • Our Atomic Architects website is now live! (21/06/2018)

    Our Atomic Architects website is now live – have a look around:

  • Edinburgh Marathon Congratulations! (29/05/2018)

    Huge congratulations to Dr Cristian Bonato, Dr Mauro Brotons-Gisbert and Raphael Picard (PhD student) for completing the Edinburgh half-marathon at the weekend – you’ve put in an amazing effort and all the hard work and training has paid off, well done you 3!!

  • We welcome a visiting scholar! (14/05/2018)

    Daniel Andres has joined us for 4 months from the University of Valencia to work on experiments involving luminescent properties of 2D materials based in h-BN, WSe2 and InSe as part of his PhD work – Welcome to Heriot-Watt University Dani!

  • Edinburgh International Science Festival – Atomic Architects (25/04/2018)

    The QPL team recently took part in Heriot-Watt’s Family Fun Day as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival with their ‘Atomic Architects’ exhibit.  Visitors (and there were many!) got to have a go at trying to peel off single layers of atoms before viewing their efforts under the microscope.  There was also a large spinning perspex model demonstrating the Moire patterns that can be seen when one layer of atoms is rotated relative to another layer which proved to be quite hypnotic and the most popular activity at the exhibit for the younger visitors was the thin film interference activity where they could have a go at viewing the different colours in the soapy water bubble!

    A great day was had by all!


  • Prof. Gerardot is awarded a Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technology! (27/03/2018)

    Prof. Gerardot is honoured to have been awarded a Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technology. The 10 – year fellowship aims to develop integrated two-dimensional photonics.

  • New paper! (25/03/2018)

    With collaborators in Germany, Korea, Sweden and the US, we studied the V1 line associated with the silicon vacancy in SiC. Our work, published in Physical Review Applied, shows more than 40% optical emission in the zero-phonon line and spin coherence up to 0.6 msec (for an ensemble). These features are very promising for spin-photon interfacing in a technological material! We’re currently extending this work to single centres: stay tuned!

  • Congratulations to Zak, who has won the HWU Chess Club Championship in 2018! (19/03/2018)
  • Royal Society Research Grant (15/03/2018)

    Our project on spin control on SiC photonic structures, sponsored by the Royal Society, is starting today!

  • Post-Doc Position Available (08/03/2018)

    A new Post-Doc Position in Two-Dimensional Heterostructures for Photonics is available.

    Please contact Prof. Brian Gerardot for more information.

  • Welcome Daniel! (01/03/2018)

    Daniel White joined us today, to start a PhD on the study of spin-active defects in SiC embedded in photonic and electronic devices. For this, he will build a new setup in our newly-refurbished lab, DB2.14. Good luck, Daniel!

  • Royal Society “Theo Murphy” meeting on SiC quantum devices (16/02/2018)

    Our proposal to organize a Theo Murphy workshop about quantum devices in SiC has been accepted by the Royal Society! The meeting, organized by Cristian Bonato with Prof Joerg Wrachtrup (University of Stuttgart – Germany) and Dr Sang-Yun Lee (KIST, Seoul – Korea), will bring together quantum technology researchers with materials scientists, device engineers and industry to develop spin-based semiconductor quantum devices. Stay tuned for more info!

  • Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant. (16/02/2018)

    We have been awarded a Research Incentive Grant by the Carnegie Trust, to study spins in single near-infrared colour centres in SiC embdedded in photonic structures, to enhance photo-luminescence collection. Looking forward to start!

  • Congratulations, Artur! (18/01/2018)

    After four years of hard work and a successful viva, Artur Branny is now a Doctor! Both Artur and the external examiner looked very satisfied with his performance, as shown below. Congratulations Artur, and good luck for your future career!

  • ERC Consolidator starting! (01/01/2018)

    The ERC Consolidator grant “2DQP: Two-dimensional quantum photonics”, awarded to Prof Gerardot, is starting today. The goal will be to engineer the ideal solid-state single quantum emitters of on-demand indistinguishable single photons, based on 2D materials. Congratulations Brian!

  • Welcome Hossein! (05/12/2017)

    Hossein Dinani is visiting us from the group of Jeronimo Maze, Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Santiago (Chile). Hossein will be staying for a couple of weeks to collaborate on the application of Bayesian estimation to quantum sensing, in cases where single-shot readout is not available. This is relevant, for example, for magnetic field sensing using NV centres in diamond at room temperature.

  • We welcome a visiting scholar! (29/11/2017)

    Dr Juan Francisco Sanchez Royo has joined us from Valencia for four months as a visiting scholar, to work on experiments involving luminescent properties of 2D materials based in h-BN, WSe2 and InSe.

  • Installation of New Imaging Ellipsometer (23/11/2017)

    Today our EPSRC 2D Photonics Fabrication Facility received its first instrument: an Accurion EP4 Imaging Ellipsometer.

    We are excited to start using this to characterise and construct new 2D photonic devices!

    Imaging Ellipsometer
    Training in Progress by Accurion
    Training in Progress by Accurion
    Trialing the New Equipment
  • Post-doc position available (14/11/2017)

    Please contact Prof Gerardot for more information.

  • Science Exhibit (30/10/2017)

    We are excited for the opportunity to present our science at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit next summer.