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EPSRC Reference: EP/W003252/1
Title: Ultrafast Single-photon detection for Quantum Applications (USQA)
Principal Investigator: Buller, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Fedrizzi, Professor A Donaldson, Dr R J Malik, Dr M
Leach, Dr J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
California Institute of Technology NASA
Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2022 Ends: 31 March 2027 Value (£): 1,353,048
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Lasers & Optics Light-Matter Interactions
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
15 Jun 2021 International Centre to Centre Call 2020 Full Proposals Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Single-photon detection is the ability to capture the single quantum of light and is rapidly emerging as the critical capability for numerous emerging quantum technologies, as well as a range of new low-light sensing applications. This International Centre-to-Centre Collaboration proposal links three centres of excellence in quantum photonics to produce a collaboration designed to yield sustained world-class research in the field by combining their complementary expertise. The teams at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) working with academic partners at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have made significant advances in the field of superconducting nanowire optical detectors in recent years, providing world-class temporal performance (> 5 times better than previously) and the largest format detector arrays yet demonstrated. The link to Heriot-Watt University offers a unique opportunity to use these state-of-the-art detectors in emerging quantum technology application areas such as single-photon and quantum-enhanced LIDAR, free-space and satellite-based quantum communications and in the use of quantum entanglement in ultra-high dimensional quantum imaging and communications. This EPSRC International Centre-to-Centre Collaboration affords a rare opportunity to enhance several world-leading research strands at Heriot-Watt, and make a significant, complementary and sustained contribution to major UK collaborative research initiatives, particularly the EPSRC SPEXS Programme Grant and the EPSRC Quantum Technology Hub network, strongly in line with UK research priorities.

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