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We are pleased to welcome three new members to the Quantum Sensors Group.

Koran Jackson is starting his PhD under the supervision of Dr Alessandro Casaburi, investigating innovative RF readout schemes for superconducting detector arrays.

Dr Jharna Paul has recently completed a Daphne Jackson Fellowship in nanophotonic devices.   She is joins our effort in fabrication of quantum photonic circuits in support of a major EPSRC programme grant in collaboration with the University of Bristol.

Gregor Taylor has returned to the University after several successful years with Leonardo in Edinburgh.  He will undertake PhD research under the supervision of Professor Robert Hadfield.  He will develop next generation superconducting detectors for mid-infrared single photon detection.


Left to Right: Koran Jackson, Dr Jharna Paul, Gregor Taylor


Some exciting work with STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Single Quantum BV and KTH Stockholm, enabled through the QuantIC quantum technology hub.

Nathan R. Gemmell et al. A miniaturized 4 K platform for superconducting infrared photon counting detectors Superconductor Science and Technology 30 11LT01 (2017)

Pictured: Nathan Gemmell installing a superconducting detector in the miniaturized 4 K cooler.

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Quantum Sensors group researcher Archan Banerjee successfully passed his PhD viva this week – congratulations Archan!

Over the past 3 years Archan has optimised growth of several key superconducting thin film materials using our dedicated sputter system in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre.


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