• New PhD student – Welcome Sean! (02/11/2021)
    Sean has recently graduated from the MPhys Physics course at Heriot-Watt and has now begun working with Margherita on developing quantum memories in rare earth doped crystals. Welcome to the group Sean!
  • Congratulations Stewart! (26/10/2021)

    Stewart Wallace is one of the winners of the IPAQS Postgraduate Research Prize for 2021 for his poster on “Learning Quantum Systems from Experimental Data”. Congratulations Stewart, looking forward to see a couple of nice papers on this topic!

  • Looking for an Experimental Officer for a unique quantum sensing facility! (22/09/2021)

    We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to act as Experimental Officer for a new unique facility that will implement NV-magnetometry down to mK temperatures, to study quantum materials. This position combines the roles of supporting multiple research projects by different academic users and pursuing own research. If interested, please contact Cristian ( as soon as possible!

  • We’re Hiring!! (21/09/2021)

    If you are interested in quantum information communication technologies using III-V quantum dots as solid-state spin-photon interfaces please get in touch with Brian ( asap!!

  • OECS Conference Young Researcher Award – Well Done Zak! (02/09/2021)

    Congratulations to one of our PhD students Zhe Xian Koong who has won a Young Researcher Award for his talk at the recent International Conference on Optics of Excitons in Confined Systems (OECS) – great work Zak, well done!

  • New PhD Student – Welcome Fred! (01/09/2021)

    Fred has just completed his Master of Physics at the University of Manchester and he’ll be investigating quantum key distribution using quantum dot single photon sources here at Heriot-Watt. Welcome to the group Fred!

  • New PhD Student – Welcome Charalampos! (31/08/2021)

    Charalampos is joining Heriot-Watt University after completing his Masters of Physics at the University of Strathclyde and during his PhD he’ll be investigating spin control in SiC quantum devices. Welcome to the QPL group Charalampos!

  • New Post-Doc – Welcome Yashar! (17/08/2021)

    Yashar Alizadeh is joining us after submitting his PhD thesis in the spectroscopy and crystal field analysis of rare-earth doped low-site symmetry crystals at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He’ll be working on developing quantum memory with crystals stoichiometric in rare-earth ions.

  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship 2021 Award – Congratulations Mauro! (10/08/2021)

    Huge congratulations to Mauro who has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and is due to take up his new post in October 2021 – ‘Semiconductors with a Twist: Engineering Programmable Quantum Materials’. Through this fellowship Mauro aims to engineer new quantum materials based on 2D semiconductor heterostructures. To address fundamental questions about how electrons interact with each other and their resulting phases, Mauro will pioneer a world-leading measurement platform which combines optical spectroscopy and quantum transport.

  • We are hiring! (01/07/2021)

    If you are interested in developing quantum repeaters in SiC, integrating spintronics, photonics and electronics on a single chip please get in touch with Cristian ( asap!

  • New PhD Student – Welcome Sheena! (22/06/2021)

    Sheena has joined Heriot-Watt University after completing her Masters in Physics from India. During her PhD she will be working on engineering scalable coherent coupling in quantum dots. Welcome to the QPL group Sheena!

  • Welcome Wei! (11/05/2021)

    Wei is joining us as a post-doc right after submitting his PhD thesis in Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers at the University of Manchester. He will be working on the development of a telecom quantum memory with rare earth doped crystals – welcome to the group Wei!

  • We’re on the Front Cover! (04/05/2021)

    One of our recent articles “A bright source of telecom single photons based on quantum frequency conversion,” has been featured on the cover of Applied Physics Letters!! We think being selected for the “cover” is a big deal so many congratulations to everyone who contributed – a sterling effort all round!

  • Marie Curie Fellowship Award (23/03/2021)

    “Congratulations to Shun who has been awarded an Marie Curie Fellowship to pursue exciton transport at the quantum level using two-dimensional heterostructures. We are looking forward to this exciting project!”

  • Quantum Technologies 2020 New Project! (16/03/2021)

    On March 15th, 2021, the new project “Connectorising Integrated Quantum Photonics Devices” has kicked off.  This project was awarded in the framework of the Canada-UK call for quantum technologies 2020 and is a collaboration of the Quantum Photonics Lab with the UK company Duality Quantum Photonics and the Canadian Partners at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and OptoElectronic Components (OEC).

    Its ambitious goal is to develop efficient and robust fiber connections for integrated quantum photonic devices operating at low temperature.

  • MLQ2021 on YouTube (09/03/2021)

    After five days of exciting science, with 35 speakers, 20 video-posters and >850 registered participants, MLQ2021 is now over. If you have missed it, don’t panic: most of the talks have been recorded and are available on our YouTube channel.

  • The final programme for MLQ2021 is out! (18/02/2021)

    Only a few days left to register, before the conference starts. We have a list of outstanding tutorials, invited and contributed talks! Check in out on

  • Congratulations, Raphael! (22/12/2020)

    After a lot of hard work and a successful viva, Raphael Picard is now a Doctor! Congratulations Raphael! Team celebrations were slightly different this year with two teams competing to complete an online escape room challenge in the fastest time – well done everyone, much fun was had by all!

  • New European FET-Open project QUROPE has kicked off! (03/11/2020)

    On September 1st, 2020, the new European FET-Open project QUROPE has kicked off. Its ambitious goal is to build a quantum repeater architecture using on-demand photonic entanglement (find out more at or The quantum photonic lab is a partner of the QUROPE consortium and will be working to develop a broadband solid-state quantum memory for telecom photons with rare earth doped crystals. Please contact Dr Margherita Mazzera ( to learn more about the available post-doctoral and PhD positions.

  • MLQ2021 (11/10/2020)

    We are organising an online conference about machine learning and advanced signal processing applied to quantum technology: We are accepting submissions – looking forward to exciting contributions!