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EPSRC Reference: EP/I023186/1
Title: Extreme light-matter interaction in the solid-state for quantum technologies
Principal Investigator: Gerardot, Professor BD
Other Investigators:
Chen, Dr X
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Hitachi National Physical Laboratory Renishaw
UCL
Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2011 Ends: 30 April 2016 Value (£): 1,057,014
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 Oct 2010 Challenging Engineering ICT 2010 Deferred
07 Dec 2010 Challenging Engineering ICT Interviews Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Optoelectronic devices are vital in our modern society for processing and transmitting information. Electronic signals are manipulated at GHz frequencies with semiconductor devices and signals are transmitted over large distances via optical fibres using semiconductor lasers and detectors. However, new approaches to process and transmit information are required to keep pace with the daunting increase in the volume of information and the continued miniaturization of devices. To address this, radical ideas which exploit coherent quantum states are being developed for a diverse range of applications including communication, information processing, and metrology. As with the existing digital economy, semiconductor heterostructures will be central to future commercialization of quantum technologies. The most feasible approach to implement quantum technologies is to interface flying bits of quantum information, photons, with the semiconductor quantum states. Hence, quantum photonic devices with extremely efficient light-matter interaction (at the single photon level) are paramount for the future digital economy. This Challenging Engineering programme aims to engineer ideal quantum photonic devices and exploit them for an array of quantum technologies. Success will be a major boost to UK competitiveness in a key frontier research area and strategies are in place to impact multiple academic disciplines, UK industry, and multiple segments of the general public.
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