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Research interests

The overall research motive of the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University is to create the ideal quantum photonic device: ultra-coherent quantum states that can be initialized, manipulated and read-out using quantum optical techniques while retaining the electronic and optical functionality of semiconductors. We work at the interface of quantum optics, condensed-matter physics, materials science, and nano-optics to pursue this goal. Materials systems we explore include different types of semiconductor quantum dots and defect centres in diamond. We also work in the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel nano-photonic structures using our new NanoFabrication facility. Our research enables the discovery of new science which is likely to be essential for future technologies.

Biography

Prof. Brian Gerardot holds a Chair in Emerging Technologies from the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Wolfson Merit Award from the Royal Society. Previously, he obtained a BSc in Materials Science from Purdue University (1998), a PhD from UC Santa Barbara (2004), was a post-doctoral researcher at HWU (2004-2006), held a Fellowship at HWU from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2006-2009) and a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society (2009 - 2017).

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Research Output 2001 2019

Atomically-thin quantum dots integrated with lithium niobate photonic chips

White, D., Branny, A., Chapman, R. J., Picard, R., Brotons-Gisbert, M., Boes, A., Peruzzo, A., Bonato, C. & Gerardot, B. D., 1 Feb 2019, In : Optical Materials Express. 9, 2, p. 441-448 8 p.

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Photonics
Semiconductor quantum dots
Lithium
Networks (circuits)
Photons

Coulomb blockade in an atomically thin quantum dot coupled to a tunable Fermi reservoir

Brotons-Gisbert, M., Branny, A., Kumar, S., Picard, R., Proux, R., Gray, M., Burch, K. S., Watanabe, K., Taniguchi, T. & Gerardot, B. D., 11 Mar 2019, In : Nature Nanotechnology. 14, 5, p. 442-446 5 p.

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Coulomb blockade
Semiconductor quantum dots
tunnels
Tunnels
quantum dots

Fundamental Limits to Coherent Photon Generation with Solid-State Atomlike Transitions

Koong, Z. X., Scerri, D., Rambach, M., Santana, T. S., Park, S. I., Song, J. D., Gauger, E. M. & Gerardot, B. D., 16 Oct 2019, In : Physical Review Letters. 123, 16, 167402.

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solid state
photons
excitation
quantum communication
crystal lattices

Fundamental Limits to Coherent Photon Generation with Solid-State Atom-Like Transitions

Koong, Z. X., Scerri, D., Rambach, M., Santana, T. S., Park, S. I., Song, J. D., Gauger, E. M. & Gerardot, B. D., 3 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Physical Review Letters.

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solid state
photons
atoms
excitation
quantum communication

Optimal simultaneous measurements of incompatible observables of a single photon

Dada, A. C., Mccutcheon, W., Andersson, E., Crickmore, J., Puthoor, I., Gerardot, B. D., Mcmillan, A., Rarity, J. & Oulton, R., 20 Mar 2019, In : Optica. 6, 3, p. 257-263 7 p.

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Photons
photons
Photonics
photonics
Information science

Prizes

Chair in Emerging Technologies

Brian D. Gerardot (Recipient), 1 Mar 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Challenging Engineering award

Brian D Gerardot (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

engineering
quantum communication
students
metrology
engineers

ERC Consolidator Grant

Brian D. Gerardot (Recipient), 1 Jan 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ERC Starting Grant

Brian D. Gerardot (Recipient), 1 Jan 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Personal Research Fellowship

Brian D Gerardot (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively