Dr James C Gates is a Principal Research Fellow in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton. After completing a Master of Physics degree from the University of Southampton in 1999, he continued his studies at the ORC and in 2003 received a PhD in optoelectronics. After his PhD, he moved to the Department of Physics in Southampton and worked in the field of nanophotonics, before returning to the ORC in 2006. Since 2006 he has developed fabrication techniques for manufacturing photonic devices, principally glass-based integrated optics. These techniques have led to applications in a diverse range of areas including optical sensing and telecommunications. In the past 15 years, James has specialised in the fabrication of photonic devices for the field of Quantum Technology, with the key goal of reducing loss and enabling the scaling of quantum computing and quantum metrology.
James has filed over 4 patents, published over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and authored over 200 conference papers.
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James' primary research interest is the precision fabrication of photonic systems. Over the past twenty years, he has researched and developed several techniques which often employ the exquisite precision of the air bearing stage systems. These include UV laser inscription of integrated waveguides and Bragg gratings and ultra-precision dicing and milling of various photonic components.
A dominant research interest over the past decade has been the development of photonic devices as enabling components for quantum science and quantum technology (QT). James was a Co-I on two of previous EPSRC funded QT hubs developing photonics for atom control and photonic networks for quantum networks. He continues to work in these fields, typically collaborating with industry to develop the photonic components that enable QT. He is currently a Co-I on the EPSRC funding Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub (QCS) using ultra-precision machining techniques to develop quantum computing platforms.
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James teaches many of the postgraduate skills courses, including technical writing and presentation skills. And is also an active member of Southampton University's outreach community.
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- Research group award: Highly Commended (2017)
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