This page lists quantum groups interested in photonic or atomic systems. They are mainly based in Atomic and Laser sub-department in Physics. Note that many other groups from the Physics Department are to be found on the quantum materials page.

Ian Walmsley's Group:
Ultrafast Quantum Optics and Optical Metrology
(Physics Department)

Image: Components laid out on an optical bench. 

Image: Components laid out on an optical bench. 

Applying ultrafast optics to study quantum phenomena in light and in matter, and at the interface between them. 

Leader: Ian Walmsley  

Postdocs: 
Joshua Nunn (fixed term Dept Lecturer), Animesh Datta, Xianmin Jin, Steven Kolthammer, Marco Barbieri, Dylan Saunders

Students:
Patrick Michelberger, Tessa Champion, Michael Sprague, Tim Bartley, Gaia Donati, Mihai Vidrighin, Justin Spring, Benjamin Metcalf, Peter Humphreys, Merritt Moore.
(Plus three students working on classical ultrafast pulses: 
Ilaria Gianani, Matthias Mang,  Andrea Schiavi).

Link to group's website

 

David Lucas & Andrew Steane Group:
Ion Trap Quantum Computing
(Physics Department)

Image: Chip for isolating and trapping ions (charged atoms).

Image: Chip for isolating and trapping ions (charged atoms).

Primarily an experimental group, testing and developing ideas in quantum computing using laser-manipulated trapped ions. The devices used to trap ions include custom designed chips held at very low temperatures.  

The group is also involved in some theoretical activity, concerned mainly with quantum fault-tolerant methods and quantum error correction. 

Leaders: David Lucas and Andrew Steane
(Emeritus Prof: Derek Stacey)

Postdoc: Norbert Linke

Students:
Tom Harty, Hugo Janacek, Chris Ballance, Diana Prado Lopes Aude Craik and Martin Sepiol. 

Link to group's website

 

Axel Kuhn's Group:
The Atom-Photon Connection
(Physics Department)

Image: Closeup of quantum optics component.

Image: Closeup of quantum optics component.

Control of atom-photon interactions at the single-atom and single-photon level: optical trapping and manipulation of single atoms, the interfacing of atoms and photons in microcavities, and single-photon quantum memories. 

Leader: Axel Kuhn

Students:
Oliver Barter, Jian Dong, Annemarie Holleczek, Dustin Stuart. 

Link to group's website

 

Igor Mekhov's Group:
Quantum Optics of Quantum Many-Body Systems
(Physics Department)

Image: Scheme for coupling quantum light and quantum matter.

Image: Scheme for coupling quantum light and quantum matter.

Studying the ultimate quantum level of the light-matter interaction primarily through ultracold quantum gases.

 Leader: Igor Mekhov 

Postdoc: Santiago Caballero Benitez

Students:
Wojciech Kozlowski, Gabriel Mazzucchi, Felix Tennie, Thomas Elliott.

Link to group's website 

 

Brian Smith's Group:
Optical Quantum Technologies
(Physics Department)

Image: Optics experiment to measure the act of measurement.

Developing experimental tools to create, manipulate and measure quantum states of light, and use such tools for new technologies that surpass the performance of their classical counterparts.

Leader: Brian Smith

Postdoc: Michal Karpinski

Students:
Merlin Cooper and Laura Wright.

Link to group's website

Chris Foot's Group:
Ultracold Quantum Matter
(Physics Department)

Image: Formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate.

Image: Formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate.

Using a Bose-Einstein condensate as a source of ultra-cold rubidium atoms, and loading these atoms into trapping devices (dipole force traps or optical lattices). 

Leader: Christopher Foot

Students:
Dimitrios Trypogeorgos, Edward Owen and Tiffany Harte

Link to group's website 

Jonathan Jones' Group:
NMR Quantum Computing Group
(Physics Department)

Multi-frequency  control. Image (c) Tomz at itztomz.com.

Multi-frequency  control. Image (c) Tomz at itztomz.com.

Measuring and manipulating the nuclei of atoms in order to represent and process information at the quantum level.

Leader: Jonathan Jones

Link to group's website