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EPSRC Reference: EP/N015126/1
Title: Quantum Technology Capital: Quantum Photonic Integrated Circuits (QuPIC)
Principal Investigator: Thompson, Professor MG
Other Investigators:
Cryan, Professor MJ O'Brien, Professor JL May, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL Eindhoven University of Technology Ghent University
Gooch & Housego Hewlett Packard Inc IBM UK Ltd
Luceda Photonics Optocap Ltd Sandia National Laboratory
Teledyne UK Ltd
Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2016 Ends: 31 March 2019 Value (£): 4,574,889
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Electronics
Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Oct 2015 QT Capital Call Sift panel Announced
17 Dec 2015 QT Capital Interviews Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
We will establish a UK quantum device prototyping service, focusing on design, manufacture, test, packaging and rapid device prototyping of quantum photonic devices. QuPIC will provide academia and industry with an affordable route to quantum photonic device fabrication through commercial-grade fabrication foundries and access to supporting infrastructure. QuPIC will provide qualified design tools tailored to each foundry's fabrication processes, multiproject wafer access, test and measurement, and systems integration facilities, along with device prototyping capabilities. The aim is to enable greater capability amongst quantum technology orientated users by allowing adopters of quantum photonic technologies to realise advanced integrated quantum photonic devices, and to do so without requiring in-depth knowledge.

We will bring together an experienced team of engineers and scientists to provide the required breadth of expertise to support and deliver this service.

Four work packages deliver the QuPIC service. They are:

WP1 - Design tools for photonic simulation and design software, thermal and mechanical design packages and modelling

WP2 - Wafer fabrication - Establishing the qualified component library for the different fabrication processes and materials and offering users a multi-project wafer service

WP3 - Integrated device test and measurement - Automated wafer scale electrical and optical characterisation, alignment systems, cryogenic systems to support single-photon detector integration)

WP4 - Packaging and prototyping - Tools for subsystem integration into hybrid and functionalised quantum photonic systems and the rapid prototyping of novel, candidate component designs before wafer-scale manufacturing and testing

The design tools (WP1) will provide all the core functionality and component libraries to allow users to design quantum circuits, for a range of applications. We will work closely with fabrication foundries (WP2) to qualify the design libraries and to provide affordable access to high-quality devices via a multi-project wafer approach, where many users share the fabrications costs. Specialist test and measurement facilities (WP3) will provide rapid device characterization (at the wafer level), whilst packaging and prototyping tools (WP4) will allow the assembly of subsystems into highly functionalised quantum photonic systems.
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