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Several Quantum Sensors group members attended the International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2017) in Sorrento,  Italy. Robert Hadfield gave a Keynote talk on infrared single photon detection with superconducting nanowires, Alessandro Casaburi presented new results on superconducting stripline detectors for mass spectrometry and Kleanthis Erotokritou presented progress on MoSi nanowires for integrated quantum photonics.

ISEC 2017


Rob Kirkwood has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congratulations!

He pioneered fabrication of superconducting detectors integrated with GaAs waveguide circuits here in Glasgow, as part of a major collaboration with the University of Sheffield.  He also completed a highly successful internship at NICT Japan.  He is starting a new position as a postdoctoral researcher at the UK National Physical laboratory, developing and benchmarking emerging technologies for quantum communications.  We wish him every success!

Quantum Sensors group member Kleanthis Erotokritou is spending three months as a research intern at NICT Kobe Japan.  He is working with Dr Shigehito Miki on advanced superconducting single photon detector fabrication.


NICT – National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

Kleanthis Erotokritou photos on Instagram

On 3rd November Dr Nathan Gemmell and I unveiled our new miniaturized detector system for superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors at the UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase in Westminster, London.  This work was supported through QuantIC, the UK quantum technology hub in quantum enhanced imaging. We thank our partners Dr Matt Hills and Dr Tom Bradshaw at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for their tremendous work in delivering this revolutionary instrument.

QuantIC website

Quantum Sensors Group members attended the British Council Researcher Links workshop on Superconductor-Based Sensors and Quantum Technologies in Moscow, Russia, hosted by Professor Gregory Gol’tsman at Moscow State Pedagogical University.



Pictured: Robert Kirkwood, Gavin Orchin, Robert Hadfield, Umberto Nasti and Kleanthis Erotokritou in Moscow.

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Quantum Sensors Group PhD student Rob Kirkwood is spending 3 months in Japan via the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) internship programme.  Rob is hosted by Dr Shigehito Miki at NICT Kobe, and is working on fabrication and testing of next generation superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors.IMG_4186

The Quantum Sensors group is proud to be part of the QUANTIC quantum imaging hub, a £27M centre led by the University of Glasgow. QUANTIC is one of four national hubs funded under the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

Hadfield QUANTIC launch

Professor Robert Hadfield (right) demonstrating superconducting single-photon detector technology to Dr Bruno Sanguinetti, ID Quantique, Switzerland (left) at the QUANTIC hub launch on 24th February at Glasgow Science Centre. QuantIC logo


The Scotsman

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Physics World