• New PhD student (15/10/2019)

    We have welcomed a new PhD students to our group! Max Kögl has joined us from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and aims to develop semiconductor devices for quantum networking – welcome to Heriot-Watt University!

  • Korean BBQ (23/09/2019)

    The QPL group and their families got together for a Korean BBQ. The food was delicious, compliments to the chef Hyeonjun!

  • New Principal Investigator! (19/07/2019)

    Dr Margherita Mazzera, previously at ICFO in Barcelona, has recently joined us. Margherita will expand the group activity by setting up a new lab to develop new platforms for integrated quantum storage devices based on rare earth ion doped solids. PhD positions are available! For more information please contact Margherita Mazzera (

  • EPSRC Early-Career Fellowship on SiC quantum spintronics (06/03/2019)

    Cristian Bonato has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by EPSRC. The award, worth >£1M, will allow us to study spins in SiC, to demonstrate a quantum memory device for quantum networking. There are post-doc positions available on this topic: if interested, please get in touch!

  • We are recruiting! (28/11/2018)

    We are looking for two post-docs to join our group, one on SiC quantum spintronics, the other on quantum optics in 2D materials. Check our “Openings” for more info.

  • Royal Society workshop on SiC quantum spintronics (06/11/2018)

    We are just back from Chicheley Hall, where we have organized a workshop on SiC quantum spintronics, together with Sang-Yun Lee (KAUST, Korea) and Joerg Wrachtrup (Stuttgart). The event was a great opportunity to bring together quantum physicists with materials growers, device engineers and industry, to develop quantum technologies in this material.
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  • 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!