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Research in the QLM group covers the following thematic areas:

Experimental foundations of quantum physics

Prof. Hendrik Ulbricht, Quantum Nanophysics and Matter Wave Interferometry
Prof. Ivette Fuentes-Guridi, Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics

Photonic quantum technology & Quantum metrology

Dr Alberto Politi, Quantum Nanophotonics Group
Dr Patrick Ledingham, Hybrid Quantum Networks Lab
Dr Tim Freegarde, Quantum Control Group
Dr Elinor Irish, Quantum Optics Theory

Hybrid Polaritonics & Ultrastrong light-matter interaction

Prof. Pavlos Lagoudakis, Hybrid Photonics Group
Prof. Simone de Liberato, Quantum Theory and Technology Group
Prof. Alexey Kavokin, Theory of Light Matter Coupling in Nanostructures

Advanced materials, Nanoscience & Light sources

Prof. David Smith, Nanomaterials Group
Prof. Otto Muskens, Integrated Nanophotonics Group
Prof. Malgosia Kaczmarek, Soft Photonics System Group
Prof. Antonios Kanaras, Functional Nanomaterials and Applications Group
Dr Vasilis Apostolopoulos, Surface Emitting Lasers and Terahertz Group
Dr Marcus Newton, Coherent X-ray Science Group

Quantum Nanophysics and Matter Wave Interferometry

Our work focuses on quantum optomechanics and magnetomechanics experiments to generate non-classical states of large-mass systems and tot test fundamental theories of nature, such as quantum mechanics and gravity.

Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics

Our research addresses fundamental questions in the overlap of quantum theory and general relativity using quantum information and metrology techniques. We study how to use quantum systems to measure gravitational waves and set constraints on dark energy

Quantum Control

The Quantum Control group investigates new methods for the optical cooling, trapping and manipulation of atoms and molecules, using temporally and spatially programmed laser fields and nanostructured surfaces.

Quantum nanoPhotonics Group

The Quantum nanoPhotonics (QnP) Laboratory interest is focused on the development of new platforms for quantum technologies and quantum information sciences based on the integration of photons and emitters in the solid state. Contact: Dr Alberto Politi

Hybrid Quantum Networks Lab

Our research interests lie in quantum light-matter interactions between atomic ensembles and single photons, to form large-scale quantum photonic networks for the processing of quantum information over global distances.

Hybrid Photonics Group

We combine the purity of inorganic semiconductors and the versatility of organic materials and colloidal nanoparticles in novel hybrid configurations and we explore the properties and possible applications of this amalgamation.

Quantum Theory & Technology Group

The Quantum Theory and Technology group aims to explore the most mysterious corners of the quantum world for fun and profit. Our main expertise is in cavity quantum electrodynamics and semiconductor optics, but we have a broad interest in all areas.

Nanomaterials Group

Our research focuses on developing and understanding the properties of materials whose nanometer scale size means that their properties are modified from that of their parent material.

Integrated Nanophotonics Group

Our research is aimed at developing fundamental understanding and new applications using nanophotonics, integrated in areas such as silicon photonic chips, photonic AI, metasurfaces and biomedicine.

Soft Photonics Systems Group

Our research focuses on optical properties and nonlinear effects in photosensitive materials, primarily in liquid crystals and polymers, and their applications in sensing, fibre and integrated optics devices.

Functional Nanomaterials and Applications Group

Our group develops new nanomaterials and customizes their surface chemistry for targetibility and dispersity in complex media. Functional nanomaterials are used for diagnostics, drug delivery, new LEDs, photovoltaic devices and photonics.

Terahertz and Semiconductor Lasers Laboratories

Our main focus is integration of THz spectroscopy to open routes for biological applications and microfluidics. We develop passively mode-locked optically-pumped Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) as compact versatile sources.

Coherent X-ray Science Group

Our research is focussed on the use of coherent X-ray diffraction and imaging techniques to study phenomena in strongly correlated materials on the nanoscale.

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