Past events

Photonics Day

The Quantum Opportunity

Photonics Day is an annual multidisciplinary event which brings together colleagues across the Zepler Institute and wider University to review the latest research, network and to discuss possible future collaborations. This year, in light of the government's major investment in the national network of Quantum Technology Hubs and Southampton's significant range of activities in the quantum area, Photonics Day will have a sub-theme: The Quantum Opportunity.

Keynote and invited speakers

The day will feature invited talks on a range of research in photonics, quantum technologies and related fields. We are delighted to announce speakers from two of the UK's prominent Quantum Technology Hubs:

  • Keynote: Prof Miles Padgett, FRS FRSE (University of Glasgow), PI for the Quantum Imaging Centre (QuantIC) Hub
  • Invited speaker: Prof Dominic O'Brien (University of Oxford), Co-Director (Systems Engineering) for the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub
PhD student flash talks

Students are also invited to participate by giving a one-minute flash talk to showcase their work - a cash prize will be awarded for the best presentation. To express an interest in giving a flash talk, please contact Ruth Churchill


10:00 - 10:30 Registration and arrival refreshments

10:30 - 12:20 Session 1: The Quantum Opportunity (Mayflower Suite). Chair: Prof James Wilkinson (ORC)

  • 10:30 - 11:10 Keynote: Ghost Imaging: new approaches to imaging inspired by Quantum Physics. Prof Miles Padgett (University of Glasgow)
  • 11:10 - 11:35 The Quantum Field Trip. Prof Hendrik Ulbricht (Physics)
  • 11:35 - 12:00 Prof Peter Smith (ORC)
  • 12:00 -12:20 PhD student flash talks

12:20 – 13:30 Lunch (restaurant)

13:30 - 15:10 Session 2 (Mayflower Suite). Chair: Prof Peter Smith (ORC)

  • 13:30 - 13:50 The Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) hub: goals, challenges and project overview. Prof Dominic O’Brien (University of Oxford)
  • 13:50 - 14:10 Dr Luca Sapienza (Physics)
  • 14:10 - 14:30 Manufacturing Nano-LEGO® Blocks for Quantum Technologies. Prof Shinichi Saito (ECS)
  • 14:30 -14:50 Integrated ultra-cold quantum technology. Dr Matt Himsworth (Physics)
  • 14:50 - 15:10 Photonic metamaterials: optical properties on demand. Dr Kevin MacDonald (ORC)

15:10 - 15:40 Break (Mayflower Lounge)

15:40 - 17:10 Session 3: New wavelength dimensions (Mayflower Suite). Chair: Prof David Richardson (ORC)

  • 15:40 - 16:00 Mid-infrared silicon photonics. Dr Goran Mashanovich (ORC)
  • 16:00 - 16:20 Low loss, tightly coilable, hollow core fibres for mid-IR applications. Dr Natalie Wheeler (ORC)
  • 16:20 - 16:40 Compact High-Pulse-Energy Mid-IR Picosecond Optical Parametric Sources. Prof David Shepherd (ORC)
  • 16:40 - 17:00 Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterisation for Silicon Quantum Devices. Dr Yoshishige Tsuchiya (ECS)
  • 17:00 - 17:10 Closing summary. Prof Sir David Payne (ORC)

17:10 - 18:30 Drinks reception (Mayflower bar)

Venue and joining instructions

The event will be held at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road Southampton. The De Vere is a short walk from Southampton Central train station and there are also stops on West Quay road for Unilink buses U1 and U6 which run from the Highfield Campus.

All University staff and students with relevant research interests are welcome to attend. Please kindly reserve your place by 4 September 2015. All pre-registered delegates will receive full joining instructions, including directions and travel options to the venue, in advance of the day. Click to register your place.