We are pleased to host two distinguished visitors from Japan this week!

Left: Professor Akira Fujimaki  from the University of Nagoya gave a fascinating overview of superconducting digital electronics in his seminar on Monday.

Right: Dr Mastaka Ohkubo of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) at Tsukuba visited us today and shared his expert knowledge of superconducting detectors for mass spectrometry.   He was impressed to see our miniature 4 K cooler demonstrator!


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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Pleased to announce we will be hosting the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity in Glasgow in September 2019.   We look forward to welcoming colleagues in the field from all over the world to Scotland!



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.


Just published in Superconductor Science and Technology: a new study of amorphous superconducting materials for single photon detection in collaboration with colleagues in Glasgow and Cambridge.

Archan Banerjee et al. Characterization of amorphous molybdenum silicide (MoSi) thin films and nanowires Superconductor Science and Technology 30 084010 (2017)

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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