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Quantum Computing is coming - are you prepared for it?
Prof. Jeremy O'Brien was invited to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the impacts quantum computing will have on our lives, society and the economy. 

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Congratulations to the newest EPSRC Quantum Fellows 
Dr Ruth Oulton and Dr Anthony Laing have been announced as the latest recipient's of the Quantum Technology (QT) Fellowships. These prestigious fellowships were only available to the brightest minds in Quantum and of those awarded 4 went to researchers in CQP.

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IBM visit for CQP Physicists
In December 2015, Daryl Beggs and Oliver Snowdon visited IBM Research in Zurich, to measure the electro-optic properties of some barium titanate thin films prepared via an inexpensive sol-gel process, in Bristol University's new cleanroom.

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UK Quantum Hubs Show Future Technology
Researchers from CQP joined research teams from other universities and companies around the country for the first Quantum Technology Showcase at the Royal Society in London, to exhibit new technologies being developed at the UK’s four Quantum Technologies Hubs.

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Dr Pete Shadbolt has thesis published by Springer
Congratulations to Dr Peter Shadbolt, previous PhD student with CQP whose thesis on "Complexity and Control in Quantum Photonics" has been published by Springer and is now available to purchase online. 

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QECDT student is co-winner of the Erwin Schrödinger Prize
Stefan Frick, second year Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training (QECDT) student has been announced as co-winner of the esteemed Erwin Schrödinger Prize for his contribution to a project entitled "Quantum Communication in flight."

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CQP PhD student receives IOP teaching scholarship
Beccie Whittaker, final year PhD student at CQP has been awarded an IOP scholarship to fund her PGCE so she can become a secondary school Physics teacher. 

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Science busking @Bristol

Quantum Engineering CDT students brought some close-up science to the masses at the after hours event hosted by @Bristol science museum. Using carefully crafted demonstrations - ranging from a laser-pen microscope to a TV electrostatic generator - students captivated groups throughout the night with puzzles and discussions.

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Researcher heads to space (sort of!)
QECDT Student Sam Pallister attended the 2015 Alpbach Summer School, held in the beautiful Austrian Tyrol. This year’s meeting, focused on quantum and fundamental physics in space.

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CQP Seminars:

Dr Alex Clark - Imperial College London

Coupling organic molecules to waveguides and cavities
17 March 2016 @ 16:00 

Dr  Maziar Nezhad - University of Bangor

Title TBC
5 May 2016 @ 16:00 


NSQI Seminar Room, Bristol


Frank's Lecture Theatre, Bristol

CQP Events:

Bristol Young Scientist Conference on quantum information with photons
4 - 6 April 2016


Bristol Quantum Information Technologies Workshop 2016 (BQIT:16)
6 - 8 April 2016

Merchant Venturer's Building, Bristol

Wills Memorial Building, Bristol

External Events:

Heilbronn and QALGO Quantum Algorithms Meeting 2016
14 - 16 April 2016

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge



Although we don't have any postdoctoral positions formally advertised at the moment we always welcome expressions of interest and enquiries from individuals who are exceptionally talented, motivated, and whose skills and ambitions overlap those of the CQP.

If you are interested in joining our dynamic teams of researchers (who are drawn from many different technical fields) then please apply through our designated rolling advert. Please also continue to check for new posts on our opportunities page. 


We have funding available for to recruit the brightest minds to start their PhD at the Centre for Quantum Photonics in Autumn 2016.

If you have an interest in Quantum Technologies and would like to apply, create a profile with our online application system ‘Hobsons’ selecting a PhD in "Physics" within the department of "Quantum Photonics."

For all other queries please email

About me

Dr Ruth Oulton
Senior Lecturer in Physics

Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in Physics and has recently been awarded an EPSRC Quantum Technology Fellowship. This means she will spend the next five years developing quantum devices that produce single particles of light, very precisely, one by one. 
During her fellowship Ruth will use almost the same semiconductor technology to develop single photon sources as used in today’s commercial telecoms systems. These devices will be fed into quantum integrated chips that simulate how complex molecules involved in drug development behave.
Ruth spoke to us about her project and said that “Single photons will send information around the world in optical fibres that is encrypted securely, guaranteed by the laws of physics.  Scientists may use single photons as the most delicate proof of interactions in nano-sized material which means the semiconductor single photon source will be as important for the 21st Century as the laser was in the 20th Century."

Did you know...?

Bristol Old Vic is the oldest, continually working theatre in the country and has been staging outstanding productions since 1766. This year it is celebrating it's 250th anniversary in style with shows including 'The Rivals', 'Jane Eyre', and you can even watch Jeremy Irons in 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' in March. 


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