The University of Southampton

The QnP Lab Team

The QnP Lab was founded in 2014. Since then 3 Ph.D. students succesfully completed their viva and moved to international research groups. More than ten between MPhys and BSc students completed their project with us. Over the last three years, we hosted visitors from Italy and Japan. If you are intested in visiting the QnP Laboratory, please contact Dr Alberto Politi.     

Dr Alberto Politi

Dr Politi received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Pavia (Italy) in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol (UK), in 2010 working on integrated quantum photonics with Professor Jeremy O'Brien and Professor John Rarity. During his postgrad studies, he joined the group of Professor Akira Furosawa at the University of Tokyo (Japan) as a visiting research fellow. After a postdoctoral position at the Center for Quantum Photonics, he was research assistant at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (USA) from 2012 to 2013, working on solid state quantum computing with Professor David Awshalom. 

Recipient of the 2008 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Global Innovation Award for Emerging Technologies and in 2011 of the PhD Thesis Prize of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society, he is author of several high impact, peer-reviewed scientific papers. 

He is now Associate Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the Univeristy of Southampton, where he leads the Quantum nanoPhotonics group (QnP), works as Admission Lead for the School of Physics and Astronomy and teaches for the courses of 'Introduction to Photonics' and Physics Second Year Labs.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Oliver Trojak

Ph.D. in Physics, 2018, University of Southampton, UK

Topic: Quantum Optics with colour centres and photonics structures



Postgraduate Students

Thomas Radford

In collaboration with Professor Otto Muskens, Integrated Nanophotonics group

Topic: Design of nanoscale light-matter interactions and nonlinear optical effects for applications in quantum technology




Dr Robert Cernansky

Ph.D. student in Quantum Simulations in Photonic Chips, 2015 - 2019

Currently: Griffith University

Dr Ioannis Chatzopoulos

Ph.D. student in Quantum Optics in Integrated Structures, October 2014 - 2018

Currently: National Physical Laboratory

Dr Francesco Martini

Ph.D. student in Quantum Photonics in Silicon based materials, October 2013 - 2017

Currently: Marie Curie Research Fellow at IFN-CNR, Rome (Italy)

Andrew Cox

M.Phys. Physics with a Year of Experimental Research in Quantum states of light in linear optical networks, October 2017 - May 2018



Fumiya Okamoto

Visiting student as Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo, April - June 2019

Francesco Garrisi

Visiting student as Ph.D. student and M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering at University of Pavia, April - December 2018 and March - July 2016