Department of Physics

PhD student wins prize for work in quantum electronics and photonics

Tue Feb 21 16:16:00 GMT 2017

Research Associate, Dr Jamie Francis-Jones has won the Institute of Physics Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group Doctoral Research Prize 2017. He received £250 for his work on ‘Active multiplexing of spectrally engineered heralded single photons in an integrated fibre architecture’.

The prize recognises students who have conducted work of an exceptional standard in the field of quantum electronics and photonics. Students who completed their PhD exam during 2016 were eligible to be nominated.

Jamie said: “It is a great honour to receive this prize for my PhD thesis. My research is focused on how sources of single photons, individual particles of light, may be improved by using optical switches in a technique known as multiplexing.

"Usually, these sources are made from a large number of separate components which must be kept aligned to ensure the best performance. However, the source I developed, and those I continue to work on in the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials, are built entirely from optical fibre which I fabricated in our facility in Bath.”

Jamie’s supervisor, Dr Pete Mosley said: ”I am incredibly fortunate to have recruited Jamie as my first PhD student. He began his doctoral research in an empty laboratory, and the commitment and dedication that he demonstrated are in my opinion truly outstanding. Furthermore, the single-photon generation techniques that he developed have significant potential for impact in future quantum-enhanced technologies for communication and computation.”