The overall research motive of the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University is to create the ideal quantum photonic device: ultra-coherent quantum states that can be initialized, manipulated and read-out using quantum optical techniques while retaining the electronic and optical functionality of semiconductors.
We work at the interface of quantum optics, condensed-matter physics, materials science, and nano-optics to pursue this goal. Materials systems we explore include different types of semiconductor quantum dots and defect centres in diamond. We also work in the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel nano-photonic structures using our new NanoFabrication facility. Our research enables the discovery of new science which is likely to be essential for future technologies.
Prof Brian Gerardot is a Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow (RS URF) at Heriot-Watt University (HWU). Prof Gerardot leads the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at HWU, which works at the interface of quantum optics, condensed-matter physics, and materials science to create novel quantum photonic devices capable of coherently manipulating and interfacing quantum states. He obtained a BSc in Materials Science from Purdue University and a PhD from UC Santa Barbara. In addition to the RS URF, Prof Gerardot has been awarded an EPSRC Challenging Engineering Award and an ERC Starting Grant. In 2018 Prof Gerardot will commence an ERC Consolidating Grant and a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award.