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Our research interests are wide ranging from quantum optics, semiconductor physics, material science, nonlinear photonics to application of photonics for industrial applications. Our work is well-supported by the UK Research Councils and by industry.

Our research is organised into the following themes:

The interdisciplinarity of our research is exemplified by the fact that IPaQS staff were submitted to three different units in REF2014 namely Physics, Chemistry and General Engineering.

Further details about our research can also be found in our research overview.

Research study with us?


We are continually seeking good candidates for PhD research - details of available projects and start dates can be found on our PhD studies pages.

PhD study in IPaQS is supported by the SUPA Graduate School which supports a range of taught technical courses, as well as in transferable skills provision. IPaQS is also a partner in the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics. IPaQS is also the lead partner in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics which provides commercially-focussed engineering doctorates in conjunction with leading industrial companies in the field.