This page will eventually become a live list of research papers and other impacts emerging from the Oxford quantum research community. Until that is implemented, here is a flavour of our work: from the start of 2012 to mid-2014 we've produced 29 publications in the Nature and Science families of journals, about one per month (and note that this overlooks top-tier outputs from our computer scientists since they publish elsewhere). 

Violation of a Leggett–Garg inequality with ideal non-invasive measurements
George C. Knee, Stephanie Simmons [...] and Simon C. Benjamin
Nature Communications 3, Article 606 on 03 January 2012

Quantum mechanics can reduce the complexity of classical models
Mile Gu, Karoline Wiesner, Elisabeth Rieper and Vlatko Vedral 
Nature Communications 3, Article 762 on 27 March 2012

Dislocation-Driven Deformations in Graphene
Jamie H. Warner, Elena Roxana Margine [...] Angus I. Kirkland
Science 337, 209 on 10th May 2012

Mapping coherence in measurement via full quantum tomography of a hybrid optical detector
Lijian Zhang, Hendrik B. Coldenstrodt-Ronge [...] and Ian A. Walmsley
Nature Photonics 6, 364 on 20 May 2012

Quantum discord as resource for remote state preparation
Borivoje Dakić, Yannick Ole Lipp [...] and Philip Walther 
Nature Physics 8, 666 on 05 August 2012

Valley–spin blockade and spin resonance in carbon nanotubes
Fei Pei, Edward A. Laird, Gary A. Steele and Leo P. Kouwenhoven
Nature Nanotechnology 7, 630 on 23 September 2012
*experiments performed in Delft; Laird group now in Oxford

Enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature of FeSe by intercalation of a molecular spacer layer
Matthew Burrard-Lucas, David G. Free [...] and Simon J. Clarke
Nature Materials 2, 15 on 28 October 2012.

Magneto-orbital helices as a route to coupling magnetism and ferroelectricity in multiferroic CaMn7O12
N.J. Perks, R.D. Johnson [...] and P.G. Radaelli
Nature Communications 3, 1277 on 11 December 2012

Multiphoton quantum interference in a multiport integrated photonic device
Benjamin J. Metcalf, Nicholas Thomas-Peter [...] and Ian A. Walmsley
Nature Communications 4, Article 1356 on 15 January 2013

Topological quantum computing with a very noisy network and local error rates approaching one percent
Naomi H. Nickerson, Ying Li and Simon C. Benjamin
Nature Communications 4, Article 1756 on 23 April 2013

A valley–spin qubit in a carbon nanotube
E. A. Laird, F. Pei & L. P. Kouwenhoven
Nature Nanotechnology 8, 568 on 28 July 2013
*experiments performed in Delft; Laird group now in Oxford

Room-Temperature Quantum Bit Storage Exceeding 39 Minutes Using Ionized Donors in Silicon-28
Kamyar Saeedi, Stephanie Simmons [...] and Mike L. W. Thewalt
Science 342, 830-833 on 15 November 2013

Broadband single-photon-level memory in a hollow-core photonic crystal fibre
M. R. Sprague, P. S. Michelberger [...] and I. A. Walmsley
Nature Photonics 8, 287 on 16 March 2014

Realization of a three-dimensional spin–anisotropic harmonic honeycomb iridate
K. A. Modic, Tess E. Smidt [...] and James G. Analytis
Nature Communications 5, Article 4203l on 27 June 2014

Superabsorption of light via quantum engineering
K. D. B. Higgins, S. C. Benjamin [...] and E. M. Gauger
in press Nature Comms; arXiv:1306.1483


Topological insulator nanostructures for near-infrared transparent flexible electrodes
Hailin Peng, Wenhui Dang [...] Zhongfan Liu
Nature Chemistry 4, 281 on 26 February 2012

Quantum phases with differing computational power
Jian Cui, Mile Gu, Leong Chuan Kwek [...] and Vlatko Vedral
Nature Communications 3, Article 812 on 01 May 2012

Phase fluctuations and the absence of topological defects in a photo-excited charge-ordered nickelate
W.S. Lee, Y.D. Chuang [...] and Z. Hussain
Nature Communications 3, 838 on 15 May 2012

Ultrafast entangling gates between nuclear spins using photoexcited triplet states
Vasileia Filidou, Stephanie Simmons [...] and John J. L. Morton
Nature Physics 8, 596 on 01 July 2012

Observing the operational significance of discord consumption
Mile Gu, Helen M. Chrzanowski [...] and Ping Koy Lam
Nature Physics 8, 671 on 05 August 2012

Spatial control of defect creation in graphene at the nanoscale
Alex W. Robertson, Christopher S. Allen [...] and Jamie H. Warner
Nature Communications 3, Article 1144 on 23 October 2012

Extreme sensitivity of graphene photoconductivity to environmental gases
Callum J. Docherty, Cheng-Te Lin [...] and Michael B. Johnston
Nature Communications 3, Article 1228 on 27 November 2012

Boson Sampling on a Photonic Chip
J. B. Spring, B. J. Metcalf [...] and I. A. Walmsley
Science 339, 6121 on 20 December 2012.

Large spin-orbit coupling in carbon nanotubes
G.A. Steele, F. Pei, E.A. Laird [...] and L.P. Kouwenhoven
Nature Communications 4, Article 1573 on 12 March 2013
*experiments performed in Delft; Laird group now in Oxford

Quantum nuclear dynamics in the photophysics of diamondoids
Christopher E. Patrick  and Feliciano Giustino
Nature Communications 4, Article 2006 on 12 June 2013

Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons
Hong En Lim, Yasumitsu Miyata [...] and Hisanori Shinohara
Nature Communications 4, Article 2548 on 04 October 2013

Hydrogen-free graphene edges
Kuang He, Gun-Do Lee, Alex W. Robertson, Euijoon Yoon and Jamie H. Warner
Nature Communications 5, Article 3040 on 13 January 2014

Joint estimation of phase and phase diffusion for quantum metrology
Mihai D. Vidrighin, Gaia Donati [...] and Ian A. Walmsley
Nature Communications 5, Article 3532 on 14 April 2014

Local mapping of detector response for reliable quantum state estimation
Merlin Cooper, Michał Karpiński & Brian J Smith
Nature Communications 5, Article 4332 on 14 July 2014


The Oxford quantum research community participates in many kinds of outreach, ranging from writing articles for the popular press, through appearances on national radio, to participating in major science shows.

For example in the summer of 2012 we (in collaboration with UCL) put together a huge exhibit for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. It was called Quantum of Spin and was the largest exhibit at the event, with 5 different zones allowing visitors to explore the mysterious sounding phenomenon of quantum spin. The overall exhibit had a James Bond theme, with over ten thousand visitors gambling with quantum-entangled dice, shooting at bad guys with an electromagnet powered “gun”, and writing secret messages to be read by the real, working MRI machine. 

The exhibit was staffed by teams of our staff and students working in shifts.  Over 10,000 visitors passed through the exhibit in the course of the week long event. 

Crowds at our exhibit: the machine in the foreground is a real working MRI scanner.

Crowds at our exhibit: the machine in the foreground is a real working MRI scanner.