• Great Scottish Run (30/09/2018)

    Team members of the Quantum Photonics Lab went out to Glasgow to run the half marathon. Good job Raphael, Mauro, Brian, Artur and Cristian!

  • Explorathon Day at the Lyell Centre (29/09/2018)

    On 29th September, the QPL team took part in Explorathon 2018 with their ‘Atomic Architects’ exhibit at the Lyell Centre, Heriot Watt University. Visitors were able to peel off layers of atoms using sellotape before viewing their efforts under the microscope. They also saw Moiré fringes in action on our spinning model of two layers of atoms, which was especially appreciated by the younger visitors to the stand. Our younger visitors also loved seeing colourful thin-film interference effects in soap bubbles held up to a white light lamp. Thanks to all our volunteers for the day, everyone had a lot of fun!

  • Welcome to our three new PhD students who have joined our group! (10/09/2018)

    Micaela aims to develop scalable on-chip quantum photonics microsystems integrating a class of newly discovered 2D semiconductor materials (transition metal dichalcogenides) in state-of-the-art CMOS compatible nanophotonic circuits, Karen will be controlling spins in silicon carbide to study their potential application as a form of quantum information storage and Aidan will be investigating new structures for more efficient collection of light from 2D materials – welcome to Heriot-Watt everyone!

  • Congratulations Raphael! (07/09/2018)

    Congratulations to Raphaël Picard, who was awarded the 2nd year PhD research prize in IPaQS! Enjoy the prize!

  • Kaleidoscope Selection for Dale’s Image! (06/09/2018)

    Dale’s image from his paper on entangled cluster state generation was selected for the “Kaleidoscope” at Phys. Rev. A :  Well done Dale!

  • Welcome Hyeonjun! (05/09/2018)

    Our new Research Associate, Dr Hyeonjun Baek, has joined us to work on integrated quantum photonic circuits using 2D materials. For this project, he will investigate the interaction between photonic cavities and 2D materials.  Welcome to Heriot-Watt Hyeonjun!!

  • Welcome Markus! (25/06/2018)

    Dr. Markus Rambach has joined us today from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His project will explore light-matter interfaces using semiconductor quantum dots and quantum frequency conversion in order to work towards feasible quantum networks and the hybridization of quantum systems.  Welcome to Heriot-Watt Markus!

  • 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!