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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

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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    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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    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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    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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    Out-of-plane orientation of luminescent excitons in two-dimensional indium selenide

    Brotons-Gisbert, M., Proux, R., Picard, R., Andres-Penares, D., Branny, A., Molina-Sánchez, A., Sánchez-Royo, J. F. & Gerardot, B. D., 2 Sep 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 3913.

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    Prizes

    Chair in Emerging Technologies

    Brian D. Gerardot (Recipient), 1 Mar 2018

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    Challenging Engineering award

    Brian D Gerardot (Recipient), 2011

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  • ERC Consolidator Grant

    Brian D. Gerardot (Recipient), 1 Jan 2018

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    ERC Starting Grant

    Brian D. Gerardot (Recipient), 1 Jan 2013

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    Personal Research Fellowship

    Brian D Gerardot (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively