Quantum-Enhanced Interferometry for New Physics

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Engineering


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Description US National Quantum Initiative QED-C Single Photon Report
Geographic Reach North America 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
Impact Recommended improvements to R&D investment, standards, metrology, skills and education
URL https://quantumconsortium.org/single-photon-report/
Description DESY German Electron Synchrotron, Hamburg, Germany 
Organisation Deutsches Electronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution For Workpackage 2 of the STFC QI project, DESY Hamburg are key partners. My team a U Glasgow are upgrading detectors for the ALPS II dark matter search experiment.
Collaborator Contribution DESY are leading the ALPS II 'Any light particle' search experiment. The ALPS II experiment is hosted at DESY Hamburg. Dr Axel Lindner is the PI. We are building on my longstanding collaboration with Dr Sae Woo Nam at NIST USA.
Impact The team at DESY presented an overview of our current work and plans at the 2021 German Physical Society Meeting https://bib-pubdb1.desy.de/record/463080 A formal collaboration agreement covering the procurement of a new dilution refrigerator has been approved by STFC and is due to be signed off between DESY-U Glasgow-U Cardiff in March 2022. This collaboration strengthens scientific links between the UK Germany which have been severely damaged through Brexit.
Start Year 2020
Description National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA 
Organisation National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaborative discussions on superconducting detectors & SQUID electronics
Collaborator Contribution NIST have supplied superconducting transition edge sensors for the project
Impact >20 joint publications 2005-2015
Description Physikalish-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Berlin Germany 
Organisation Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Testing of SQUID electronics for superconducting detector readout in ALPS II dark matter search experiement
Collaborator Contribution Hosted team members for visit June 2022 and provided training on SQUID measurements Supplied SQUID readout chips currently under test
Impact Conference submission D K Namburi EUCAS 2023 Bologna Italy
Start Year 2020
Description Outreach Activity (Glagsow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We delivered a superconductivity exhibit for the ARCadia festival (opening of the new University of Glasgow Advanced Research Centre).
Exhibit included levitating superconducting train and superconducting single-photon detector.
One team member delivered an interactive lesson with Kahoot! quiz
More than 1000 visitors attended the ARC the weekend of our demonstration
Feedback from visitors was very positive and specifically mentioned our demonstration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/publicengagement/arclaunchfestival/
Description QI project Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I manage the STFC QI project twitter account @QIproject1
I set up the account in January 2021 to coincide with the launch of the STFC QTFP projects
We now have 556 followers in >40 countries worldwide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://mobile.twitter.com/QIproject1
Description SPIE Photonex 2021 conference talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a talk about QI project in the SPIE Photonex conference at SEC Glasgow on 29/8/21
This was part of the special STFC Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics Session chaired by Prof Ian Shipsey (U Oxford).
The session attracted considerable interest and I was able to make useful contacts with the STFC QTFP community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.quantumcommshub.net/event/photonex-2021/?site=industry-government-media