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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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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!

The following PhD projects are available in the Quantum Sensors group for October 2017

Interested candidates should send a CV to Professor Robert Hadfield ( or Dr Alessandro Casaburi (

The deadline for full applications for PhD scholarships within the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow is 15th February 2016.

More information on PhD application procedure

There is an opportunity for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our effort on superconducting single-photon detectors:

The closing date is 11th September 2016

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


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