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Quantum, Light and Matter

Welcome to the Quantum, Light & Matter group

The Quantum Light and Matter (QLM) group encompasses several research topics sharing a common interest in the study of the nanoscale properties of matter (atoms to solids) and their interactions with light. Our work aims to advance our fundamental understanding of quantum physics, whilst exploring a broad range of applications in nanoscience and quantum technology.

QLM open day

Every year around February we organise a QLM open day where we will present available PhD positions for the next academic year.  Students are however encouraged to apply individual groups at any time during the year to discuss possible PhD projects.

QLM research

Research in the Quantum Light and Matter group covers the interfaces between physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering and we engage actively with other parts of our University in multidisciplinary teams. Our academics are involved a mix of curiosity-driven and applied research at the cutting edge of physics and technology. Much of our work emphasizes the themes of nanostructuring, optical control and quantum coherence, with a common interest in physics at the nano-scale where quantum mechanical behaviour comes to the fore. 


Keep up to date with events

If you are interested in contributing to any of the scientific research themes in our group, you should join us to do a PhD.  Our group has 40-50 postgraduate students and we lead many interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with colleagues in Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Electronics and Life Sciences. Our researchers contribute around 100 publications per year in high impact journals and are regular invited presenters at conferences all over the world.

QLM research

We collaborate both with industrial partners and with many Universities abroad. The QLM group occupies modern, highly-serviced laboratories with a big investment in lasers and characterisation tools.  The group also controls the Nanomaterials Rapid Prototyping Facility, and has access to the University's state-of-the-art £120M Nanofabrication Facility.

The QLM Group is closely connected to the Zepler Institute, a multidisciplinary research centre which brings together the University's world-leading expertise in photonics and nanotechnologies and which manages the £120M state-of-the-art Zepler Institute Cleanroom Complex.

  • 10 June 2022

    Southampton physicists develop new tools to...

    Southampton physicists develop new tools to improve environmental sustainability when producing photonics circuits at a high volume scale

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  • 18 January 2022

    Novel take on Young's famous double-slit...

    A group of researchers have demonstrated Young's famous double-slit experiment in the reciprocal space (the space of directions) rather than the conventional position space.

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  • 3 September 2021

    Quantum experiments in space could unlock 'vast...

    Scientists at the University of Southampton and Queen's University Belfast are calling for a $1 billion investment to test quantum mechanics in space.

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