This Challenging Engineering programme will fund a new team of researchers, including post-docs and PhD students, to engineer the ideal quantum photonic device. In particular, we will design, fabricate, and characterize new nanophotonic structures called broadband optical antennas. These devices will be made of semiconductor material and produce a huge increase in the efficiency of the interface between light (at the single photon level) and individual quantum states in the semiconductor. This will enable new investigations into the internal workings of the quantum states and meet the requirements for radical proposals which exploit coherent quantum states for applications including quantum communication, quantum information processing, and quantum metrology.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council