Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics

The Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group is led by Professor Peter Smith.

The research group concentrates on the development of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in telecommunications, sensors and laser optics. Working closely with two University spin-outs (www.stratophase.com and www.covesion.com), we aim to develop advanced functionality devices by modifying and patterning standard optoelectronic materials.

The core of our technology lies in innovative control of materials using direct UV laser writing for waveguides and Bragg grating inscription, electrical poling technology for the creation of domain inverted ferroelectric materials and the deposition and processing of glass and silicon based materials. Working closely with the silica fibre fabrication group we have pioneered new flat-fibre subtrates for integrated optics.

Specific project areas include the development of integrated chemical and biological sensors, creation of novel optoelectronic components for future advanced coding scheme networks, and microfluidic channel devices for opto-fluidic science.

Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics PhD Projects

Supervisors: Prof Peter Smith, Dr James Gates, Dr Christopher Holmes

  • Integrated optical elements for miniaturised atom traps
  • Integrated optical waveguides for quantum computing
  • Ultra precision physical micro-machining of planar optical materials
  • Nonlinear conversion for single photon detection
  • 3D printed integrated optics
  • Scalable heralded single photon sources
  • Optical quantum circuitry

Find out about our PhD projects


For a list of selected recent publications, including invited papers, refereed conference papers and refereed journal papers, please click here.

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