Quantum, Light and Matter Group

Research themes and groups

The QLM group consists of the following individual research groups:

Coherent X-ray Science Group

Our research is focussed on the use of coherent X-ray diffraction and imaging techniques to study phenomena in strongly correlated materials on the nanoscale. Read more about Dr Marcus Newton and the Coherent X-ray Science Group.

Functional Nanomaterials and Applications Group

Our group develops new nanomaterials and customizes their surface chemistry for targetibility and dispersity in complex media. Functional nanomaterials are used for diagnostics, drug delivery, new LEDs, photovoltaic devices and photonics. Read more about Professor Antonios Kanaras and the Functional Nanomaterials and Applications Group.

Hybrid Quantum Networks Lab

Our research interests lie in quantum light-matter interactions between atomic ensembles and single photons, to form large-scale quantum photonic networks for the processing of quantum information over global distances. Read more about Dr Patrick Ledingham and the Hybrid Quantum Networks Lab.

Hybrid Photonics Group

We combine the purity of inorganic semiconductors and the versatility of organic materials and colloidal nanoparticles in novel hybrid configurations, and we explore the properties and possible applications of this amalgamation. 

Integrated Nanophotonics Group

Our research is aimed at developing fundamental understanding and new applications using nanophotonics, integrated in areas such as silicon photonic chips, photonic AI, and metasurfaces. Read more about Professor Otto Muskens and the Integrated Nanophotonics Group.

Macroscopic Quantum Physics and Gravity Group 

Our work focuses on quantum optomechanics and magnetomechanics experiments to generate non-classical states of large-mass systems and to test fundamental theories of nature, such as quantum mechanics and gravity. Read more about Professor Hendrik Ulbricht and the Macroscopic Quantum Physics and Gravity Group

Nanomaterials Group

Our research focuses on developing and understanding the properties of materials whose nanometer scale size means that their properties are modified from that of their parent material. Read more about Professor David Smith.

Nano-optomechanics and Nanophotonics Research Group

Our research uses nanomechanics and nanophotonics for ultracompact imaging optics, energy-efficient AI hardware and manipulation of quantum sensors. Read more about Dr Bruce (Jun-Yu) Ou.

Quantum Control Group 

We investigate new methods for the optical cooling, trapping and manipulation of atoms and molecules, using temporally and spatially programmed laser fields and nanostructured surfaces. Read more about Dr Tim Freegarde and the Quantum Control Group.

Quantum Nanophotonics Group

The Quantum nanoPhotonics (QnP) Laboratory interest is focused on the development of new platforms for quantum technologies and quantum information sciences based on the integration of photons and emitters in the solid state. Read more about Dr Alberto Politi and the Quantum Nanophotonics Group.

Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics

Our research addresses fundamental questions in the overlap of quantum theory and general relativity using quantum information and metrology techniques. We study how to use quantum systems to measure gravitational waves and set constraints on dark energy.  Read more about Professor Ivette Fuentes Guridi

Quantum Theory and Technology 

Our group aims to explore the most mysterious corners of the quantum world for fun and profit. Our main expertise is in cavity quantum electrodynamics and semiconductor optics, but we have a broad interest in all areas. Read more about Professor Simone De Liberato and the Quantum Theory and Technology group.

Semiconductor Photophysics (SePPhys)

Our research aims to understand light-matter interaction in novel semiconductors, nanomaterials, and heterostructures, and to develop their applications into solar cells and light emitters. Read more about Dr Silvia Motti.

Soft Photonics System Group

Our research focuses on optical properties and nonlinear effects in photosensitive materials, primarily in liquid crystals and polymers, and their applications in sensing, fibre and integrated optics devices. Read more about Professor Malgosia Kaczmarek and the Soft Photonics System Group.

Surface Emitting Lasers and Terahertz Group

Our main focus is integration of THz spectroscopy to open routes for biological applications and microfluidics. We develop passively mode-locked optically pumped Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) as compact versatile sources. Read more about Professor Vasileios Apostolopoulos and the Surface Emitting Lasers and Terahertz Group.

Theory of Light Matter Coupling in Nanostructures

The group is the world leader in theoretical description of light-matter coupling phenomena in low-dimensional semiconductor structures. Read more about Professor Alexey Kavokin.