Beyond Qubits with Photons

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

Quantum information science promises to revolutionise information and communications technologies (ICT) in the 21st century via secure communication, precision measurement, and ultra-powerful simulation and computation. The realisation of these technologies will massively enhance our ability to secure and process the ever-increasing volumes of information that drives our global economy. The ability to simulate complex systems could one day deliver new materials, pharmaceuticals and solar cells.

Photonics is destined for a central role in these future quantum technologies: single particles of light --- photons --- are an ideal system for encoding, processing, and transmitting quantum information. However, the standard approach of encoding one quantum bit (or qubit) of information per photon limits current techniques to small system sizes. At these small sizes these systems are unable to fulfil their tremendous promise. This Fellowship will take a new approach --- encoding much more information per photon --- and thereby realise systems whose performance exceeds that of a conventional computer.

This new approach is made possible by the earlier development at Bristol of the field of integrated quantum photonics --- the use of waveguides on silicon chips to generate and guide photons. Because these waveguide chips can be fabricated in a highly parallel way --- much like computer chips --- highly complex waveguide circuits can be relatively easily realised. By propagating many photons in quantum circuits of many waveguides this type of higher-dimensional system promises a 'fast-track' to new applications in communication, precision measurement, imaging processing and simulation.

Planned Impact

This ambitious EPSRC Fellowship is aimed at transforming quantum optics and quantum information by moving beyond the conventional qubit encoding and thereby realise devices who's operation exceeds that of a conventional computer. Radical new technologies are anticipated in sensing, image processing and simulation. The use of the integrated quantum photonics approach will ensure that the architectures realised will be suitable for commercial development. This Fellowship is designed to have far-reaching impacts beyond the academic research community, both during the Fellowship and in the longer term.

Impact 1: Benefits to High Tech Industry in the UK

This Project is of strong relevance and interest to high tech industry, with significant potential future benefits for the UK economy. The main applications are foreseen in the areas of high performance sensing, image processing, simulators and (quantum) information processing, with likely downstrem uses in a wide range of fields, from medical research to defence. I have enlisted the participation of three major industrial Partners who will provide support for the Fellowship and guidance towards end-applications. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's national metrology laboratory, providing advanced technology to support the current and future needs of UK industry. This Fellowship will support and accelerate NPL efforts in next-generation optical metrology and communication standards. Nokia is a major global player in the advanced communications technology arena. Nokia has shown a significant commitment to UK economic growth by setting up substantial research and development centre in Cambridge, UK. Finally Quantum Technology Research Ltd is a forward-looking UK start-up, focussed on securing investment to underpin the exploitation of emerging quantum technologies. I aim to further strengthen links with these Partners via exchange of personnel and and their close involvement in this Fellowship. Forging these robust connections at the outset will ensure the rapid uptake of output technology in real-world applications. I anticipate that the first Project outputs will reach commercial applications within 10 years of the beginning of the Fellowship.


Impact 2: Training of Researchers for the UK Knowledge Economy

The second major impact of this Fellowship will be in the training of young researchers. This Fellowship will train a team of talented postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in a fast moving area at the frontier of science and technology. The Fellowship will provide opportunities for undergraduate and masters level students to carry out cutting edge research in the laboratory for the first time --- often a decisive factor in whether these individuals choose to continue a career in scientific research or high tech industry. These researchers are likely to be highly valued in their future careers in science or industry, with corresponding benefit to the UK knowledge economy over the coming decades.

Impact 3: Inspiration for a New Generation of UK Scientists and Engineers

Finally the results and outputs of this Fellowship will be publicised in both the scientific and general news media. I believe the work will represents an outstanding example of world-leading research carried out in the UK, and will make every effort to highlight the successes to as wide an audience as possible. This will provide inspiration for a new generation of young people to take up careers in science and engineering. I consider this a valuable long term impact of the Fellowship.

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Aungskunsiri K (2013) photonic quantum technologies in Optics InfoBase Conference Papers

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Aungskunsiri K (2013) photonic quantum technologies in Optics InfoBase Conference Papers

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Bonneau D (2015) Effect of loss on multiplexed single-photon sources in New Journal of Physics

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Cai X (2012) Integrated compact optical vortex beam emitters. in Science (New York, N.Y.)

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Carolan J (2015) QUANTUM OPTICS. Universal linear optics. in Science (New York, N.Y.)

 
Description Since the beginning of this award, the PI and his team have used photonic quantum logic and entangling gates to set the world record for factoring [Nature Photon. 2012], developed a phase estimation algorithm [Nature Photon. 2013], and demonstrated quantum walks on a quantum processor [Nature Comm. 2016].

The research in integrated quantum photonics (IQP) has culminated in the realisation of complex and highly reconfigurable quantum circuits capable of performing arbitrary quantum operations [Nature Photon. 2012, Nature Photon. 2015, Science 2015], highlighted as a major breakthrough in QC in E&T (Engineering and Technology Magazine). These systems have been used in the operation of new quantum chemistry algorithms [e.g. Nature Comm. 2014]-which at scale could ultimately be used to design new materials, pharmaceuticals and clean energy devices. This platform has now reached a level of maturity that it has been possible to make it available to the general public online as the Quantum in the Cloud project. This chip is now permanently exhibited in the recently opened Winton Gallery in the London Science Museum.
Exploitation Route These fundamental discoveries and engineering developments will be used to develop the necessary components for all photonic quantum technologies.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy,Other

URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/
 
Description This platform developed in this programme has now reached a level of maturity that it has been possible to make it available to the general public online as the Quantum in the Cloud project. This chip is now permanently exhibited in the recently opened Winton Gallery in the London Science Museum.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Education,Other
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Attendance at the Quantum Technology Round Table meeting, Buckingham Palace
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description EPSRC Challenging Engineering
Amount £1,304,946 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K021931/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 04/2018
 
Description EPSRC Established Career Fellowship
Amount £1,185,033 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J017175/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 09/2017
 
Description EPSRC Standard Grant
Amount £522,323 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/I035935/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2012 
End 06/2016
 
Description ERC Consolidator Grants
Amount € 2,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 648667 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2015 
End 07/2020
 
Description Research Chair in Emerging Technologies
Amount £1,230,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2013 
End 01/2023
 
Description US Armed Research Office Grant
Amount $4,500,000 (USD)
Funding ID W911NF-14-1-0133 
Organisation Government of the United States of America 
Department United States Armed Forces
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 03/2014 
End 02/2019
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation BAE Systems
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Bristol City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation British Science Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation D Wave Systems
Country Canada 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Google
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Hewlett Packard Ltd
Department Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation IBM
Department IBM UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Imperial College London Diabetes Centre
Country United Arab Emirates 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Microsoft Research
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation NICT National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Q Lab Europe Ltd.
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation Single Quantum
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Engineering Photonic Quantum Technologies. 
Organisation XMOS
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration has only just begun, however we hope to QT demonstrators that outperform conventional technologies
Collaborator Contribution The support to make our goals possible.
Impact This has only just begun.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Future Digital Systems - Quantum Information Technologies Roadmap 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The set up and hosting of a Workshop for 90 delegates to discuss the roadmap of future quantum information technolgies.
Collaborator Contribution The support, advise and financial support for hosting the workshop.
Impact A clear overview of how to develop Quantum Technologies over the next few years.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation Eindhoven University of Technology
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation National Research Council
Country Italy 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation Sapienza University of Rome
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation Toshiba Research Europe Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation University College Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation University of Paderborn
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation University of Technology of Compiègne
Department French National Centre for Scientific Research Lab (CNRS Lab)
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding 
Organisation University of Vienna
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We plan to address all of the basic components of a photonic quantum processor: generation, manipulation and detection of photon states. Particular attention will be devoted to potential applications and on how to interface all the different components PICQUE will establish a world-class training platform spreading around the highly interdisciplinary/inter-sectorial European-led area of quantum integrated photonics.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration hasn't long began but the partners will work together sharing their intellect, experience and research towards the creation of a photonic quantum processor.
Impact Several publications and attendance at the PICQUE summer school in order to develop research and relationships with our partners.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Photonic Quantum Characterisation, Verification and Validation 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Project Lead on developing Photonic Quantum Characterisation
Collaborator Contribution Working with me as partners and contributing their own research in this area.
Impact Partnership is fairly recent but we have publications due for release.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Photonic Quantum Characterisation, Verification and Validation 
Organisation US Army
Department US Army International Research Office
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Project Lead on developing Photonic Quantum Characterisation
Collaborator Contribution Working with me as partners and contributing their own research in this area.
Impact Partnership is fairly recent but we have publications due for release.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Photonic Quantum Characterisation, Verification and Validation 
Organisation University of Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Project Lead on developing Photonic Quantum Characterisation
Collaborator Contribution Working with me as partners and contributing their own research in this area.
Impact Partnership is fairly recent but we have publications due for release.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Photonic Quantum Characterisation, Verification and Validation 
Organisation University of Ulm
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Project Lead on developing Photonic Quantum Characterisation
Collaborator Contribution Working with me as partners and contributing their own research in this area.
Impact Partnership is fairly recent but we have publications due for release.
Start Year 2014
 
Title OPTICAL SOURCE 
Description An integrated optical device and method for generating photons by manipulating path entanglement is provided. An integrated optical splitter splits pump light between two interferometer arms wherein each arm comprises a substantially identical photon pair source configured to be able to convert at least one pump light photon into a signal and idler photon pair. An integrated optical combiner device in optical communication with a first and a second optical output path interferes light from the first and second arms and outputs the signal and idler photons by bunching the signal and idler photons together in one of the optical output paths, or anti-bunching the signal photon in one output path and the corresponding idler photon in the other optical output path. Authors: Josh Silverstone, Damien Bonneau, Mark Thompson, Jeremy O'Brien 
IP Reference US9235101 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact None to date.
 
Title QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION 
Description An apparatus including: an input optical interface configured to receive a series of optical input signals each including photons; an encoder configured to encode a quantum key for distribution by encoding each of the series of received optical input signals with a measurable state; an attenuator configured to attenuate each of the encoded optical input signals to create a series of quantum optical signals; and an output optical interface configured to send the series of quantum optical signals to the remote apparatus via a quantum communication channel. 
IP Reference EP2670642 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact Developing relationship with industrial partners.
 
Title Quantum key distribution 
Description An apparatus comprising an input optical interface configured to received a series of optical input signals each comprising photons, an encoder configured to encode a quantum key for distribution by encoding each of the series of received optical input signals with a measurable state, an attenuator configured to attenuate each of the encoded optical input signals to create a series of quantum optical signals, and an output optical interface configured to send the series of quantum optical signals to the remote apparatus via a quantum communication channel. 
IP Reference CN103404074 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2013
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact Developing relationship with industrial partners.
 
Description 05 June to 12 June Invited talk Quantum Simulations & Many Body Physics with Light (Crete, Greece) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The goal of the residential joint school and workshop was to help bring different scientific communities together, discuss the state of the art developments and the open challenges in this field, and provide training for young researchers in diverse topics, ranging from quantum many-body systems all the way to quantum-nanophotonics.

The meeting was co-organized by the COST Action MP1403 Nanoscale Quantum Optics and co-hosted with its annual WorkGroup 4 meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://qlightcrete2016.org/
 
Description 1 April 2015: Review of paper in Nature Comms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 1 April 2015: Review of paper in Nature Comms on 'Basics of quantum teleportation now fit on a single chip' appeared in multiple news outlets including Electronics weekly and Endgadget
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/01/quantum-teleportation-on-chip/
 
Description 1 February to 4 February Invited talk CUDOS Workshop (Sydney, Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop provided staff, students & our local and international guest's opportunities to share ideas and experiences about their research, identify new potential or cement existing areas for collaboration, and network with each other.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cudos.org.au/calendar/2016workshop.shtml
 
Description 12 October to 14 October Invited talk MOC'16 (Berkeley, California) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 21st MICROOPTICS CONFERENCE (MOC '16) will be held in United States of America, for the first time in MOC history, on October 12 - October 14, 2016. The MOC conference started in 1987 and has been held every two years in Japan. Since 2004, it has been held alternately overseas and in Japan every year except 2012. MOC'04 was held in Jena, Germany as its 10th anniversary, followed by MOC'06 in Seoul, South Korea, MOC'08 in Brussels, Belgium, MOC'10 in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and ECIO-MOC 2014 in Nice, France.

The MOC '16 is intended to provide a central forum for an update and review of scientific and technical information covering a wide range of the microoptics field from fundamental researches to systems and applications. The conference covers the following subjects; theory, modeling and design, materials and fabrication, measurement and sensing, passive devices, active devices, dynamic and functional devices, integration and packaging, Si photonics, and system and design conception. A special session for VCSEL vs. Silicon Photonics is planned.

The MOC '16 is organized by Microoptics Group, the Japan Society of Applied Physics, and will be located at David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA, USA. We are looking forward to broad participation of the international microoptics research community, and particularly welcome participation of students and young scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.comemoc.com/moc16/
 
Description 13 July to 15 July Invited talk Microsoft Research Faculty Summit (Redmond Washington) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The 17th annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit once again proved its unique place at the nexus of industry and academic research as more than 500 participants from around the world gathered in Redmond. This year's theme focused on where and how computing can contribute to increasing productivity in our professional and personal activities. Attendees from academia and Microsoft participated in sessions ranging from virtual reality, optical networks, streaming analytics and big data infrastructure to the future of work and crowdsourced problem solving.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella headlined the opening keynote in a fireside chat. Highlighting the empowering nature of technological innovation, Nadella credited Microsoft Research for its "ability to push the envelope of fundamental research in an environment where the company is much broader than any one product, or any one technology, or one segment."

In the final fireside chat before the packed audience, Bill Gates shared his take on key areas like machine learning, and image and speech recognition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/event/faculty-summit-2016/
 
Description 14 November 2015: Public lecture on 'Photonic Quantum Technologies' at New Scientist University Live (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 14 November 2015: Public lecture on 'Photonic Quantum Technologies' at New Scientist University Live, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.newscientist.com/round-up/quantumworldlive/
 
Description 16 June to 17 June McKinsey T-30 summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Convenes top leaders of the semiconductor industry and its related ecosystem to discuss topical issues impacting the industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://apps.mckinsey.com/t30/
 
Description 17 May to 18 May Quantum Europe 2016: a new era of technology (Amsterdam) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The goal of this conference is to enhance overall activity and investment in Quantum Technologies across Europe and to offer a platform for the European scientific and industrial community to present a comprehensive strategy for Europe to stay at the forefront of this emerging technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://english.eu2016.nl/events/2016/05/17/quantum-europe-2016
 
Description 17 November to 20 November Invited talk 6th Workshop on Quantum Walks and Quantum Simulation (Prague) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Quantum walks, which are quantum-mechanical analogues of random walks, are promising models to understand quantum dynamics. These models have sparked various theoretical and experimental investigations covering areas in mathematics, physics, quantum information, and statistical mechanics. This workshop aimed to bring interdisciplinary researchers from all areas of quantum walks, both theoretical and experimental, together to discuss recent work and find future directions of research.

This was the 6th in series of workshops focusing on aspects of quantum walks, and took place in Prague, Czech Republic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://wqsqw2016.phys.cz/
 
Description 17 October to 21 October Invited talk Frontiers in Optics (Rochester, New York) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact For 100 years, the optical science community has been gathering to discuss the latest advances in all areas of the field of optics and photonics at The Optical Society's Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), co-located with Laser Science, the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS).

The annual program was held 17-20 October 2016 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center with an attendance of 2,300.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.frontiersinoptics.com/home/about-fio-ls/
 
Description 20 June 2015: Mentioned in an article in The Economist on 'Quantum Computers' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "A little bit, better: After decades languishing in the laboratory, quantum computers are attracting commercial interest" - The Economist
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21654566-after-decades-languishing-laboratory-q...
 
Description 20 October 2015: Appeared in a Sky News video celebrating "Back to the Future Day" and discussing the future of computing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As film fans celebrate the most iconic date in cinema time travel, Sky News look at the technology changing the world of tomorrow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://news.sky.com/story/great-scott-back-to-the-future-day-arrives-10342417
 
Description 23 May to 26 May Invited talk International Conference on the Frontiers in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (Shanghai) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Atoms, molecules, and light have been at the forefront of understanding quantum mechanics, since its discovery over 100 years ago. Since then the field has progressed from understanding the most fundamental aspects of how particles behave under quantum mechanics to controlling individual atoms for creating new technologies. While matter and light are from ordinary experience rather different, with today's control of coherent quantum phenomena many of the ideas freely cross their respective boundaries. Some of the topics that will be covered at the conference include, but are not limited to, cold atoms & cold molecules, ultrafast & precision spectroscopy, quantum manipulation & precision measurement, quantum computing & quantum communication, and quantum metrology. In this conference we aim to bring together the leading experts working in the frontiers of atomic, molecular, and optical systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.frontiers-amo.org/
 
Description 28 August to 01 September Invited talks SPIE (San Diego) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The largest multidisciplinary optical sciences meeting in North America, SPIE Optics + Photonics is the meeting where the latest research in optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, sustainable energy, organic photonics, and astronomical instrumentation is presented. Four conferences and multiple application areas in one event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/optics-and-photonics
 
Description 28 March to 1 April Invited talk MRS 2016 Spring Meeting (Pheonix, Arizona) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The 2016 MRS (Materials Research Society) Spring Meeting was held in Phoenix, Arizona, with sessions at the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) and nearby Sheraton Grand Phoenix.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.mrs.org/spring2016
 
Description 6 December Opening of the Winton Gallery at the Science Museum (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Science Museum in London unveiled its new mathematics gallery, as part of the display a QETLabs chip will be on display next to the Enigma Machine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about-us/press/june-2016/new-mathematics-gallery
 
Description Bristol Quantum Information Technologies Workshop 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Set up in 2014 as a DSTL funded workshop on road mapping the future of quantum technologies, this even has evolved into an annual conference on quantum technologies with over 100 attendees per year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/bqit2016/
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The team hosted a demonstration in the Discovery Zone at the Cheltenham Science Festival, in collaboration with the NQIT Hub in Oxford.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/news/2016/qet-chetsci.html
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion on photonic quantum technologies and whether they will be viable in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Keynote speaker at the 2nd Kyoto-Bristol Symposium (January 9-10, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk and Q&A session identified more pathways for collaborative work between Kyoto and Bristol Universities

The sessions gave the opportunity to explore further cooperation potential between the two institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/static/en/news_data/h/h1/news7/2013_1/140110_2.htm
 
Description New Scientist University - The quantum world 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented talk on the quantum world to the general public as part of the New Scientist Instant expert university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.newscientist.com/round-up/quantumworldlive/
 
Description QET Labs Quantum Techology: Today and Tomorrow November 2016 (Bristol) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Quantum Engineering Technology Labs(QETLabs) at the University of Bristol invited delegates to a unique one free day event on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 to explore the potential impact and opportunities brought by the development of Quantum Technologies.
The day focused around the potential impact and opportunities created by Quantum Technologies in business and incorporated:

Talks from Gooch & Housego, Airbus and Keysight Technologies
Hands on Quantum Technologies demonstrations
Facilitated discussions about how Quantum Technologies fit in to a future industrial technology landscape
Opportunities to talk to experts about the applications of Quantum Technologies in your business

This event was aimed at those with an interest in bringing quantum technologies into their business, working with existing companies and academic research groups to develop underpinning and associated technologies and applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/conferences/qid/
 
Description Quantum in the Summer 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact In the summer of 2016 QET Labs held their second annual summer school, Quantum in the Summer, for students aged 16 and over. The intensive week-long summer school runs for one week and celebrates light in all its forms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/engagement/qsummer/
 
Description RISE campaign leader 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The RISE Leaders will be paired with individuals from government, business or media to communicate the importance and impact of their research. They will also nominate young researchers for the status of 'Rising Stars', tipped to lead internationally excellent research in the future. These nominees will go through to the final RISE award ceremony taking place in June at the House of Commons.

Opportunity to promote science and young researchers to government, business and media
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Royal Society Quantum Technologies Meeting 2016 (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS, Professor Ian Walmsley FRS, Professor Gerard Milburn, Dr Jonathan Pritchard, Dr Stephen Till.

The meeting included academic and industry leaders in quantum physics and engineering to identify the next generation of quantum technologies for translational development. These include: simulators for chemistry and materials, imaging systems, enhanced sensors, ultra-precise atomic clocks, secure communications networks and quantum co-processors, such as certified random number generators and small-scale computing engines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2016/05/quantum-technology/
 
Description TedMed Live Bristol 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TEDMEDLive Bristol will bring together some of Bristol and the UK's leading thinkers, researchers and innovators and will be the official launch of Bristol Health Partners. The event aims to inspire and provoke, to share ideas and find ways to transform the understanding of, and approach to, key health problems in Bristol and beyond.

Talk has lead to further engagement with patients, practitioners and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2013/9305.html
 
Description World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world's top leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
URL http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2018
 
Description World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world's top leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2016