The spectacular progress in the ability to coherently control quantum systems at the level of single quanta (atoms, ions, electron spins, photons) heralds a new technological revolution based on the exploitation of quantum correlations. While some quantum technologies, such as quantum cryptography, have already reached the market, others are still at the level of prototypes or chalkboard proposals. This is the case of quantum computers and quantum simulators, which promise to solve computational tasks impossible to solve with current classical computers. We live in an age where information is a vital resource, our society and economy are completely shaped by computers and the internet, and we rely on faster and faster information processing. The advent of the new era of quantum information will undoubtably make an impact on all current technologies and, hence, on all aspects of our society and culture.
Here at Heriot-Watt University, Quantum Photonics and Quantum Information is a key research area grouping leading experts in both applicative and fundamental core topics of Quantum Technologies under a common umbrella.
Our expertise ranges from theoretical quantum optics and quantum information to the fabrication of state-of-the-art single photon detectors for quantum cryptography and imaging, from quantum nanomaterials to quantum-enhanced energy conversion devices, from fundamental studies of entanglement to quantum dots and defect centres in diamonds, from mesoscopic condensed matter systems to cold atoms physics.
The interplay of such diverse but interrelated research fields is of vital importance in a highly interdisciplinary field like Quantum Technologies. The collaboration amongst the theoretical and experimental teams within the Quantum Photonics and Quantum Information research areas, as well as the numerous national and international collaborations with other key players in the field, is a distinctive feature of our Institute and places our groups at the forefront of research in the UK and Europe.
For more information please visit the research-group sites below or contact Prof. Dr Patrik Öhberg.