LDSD fellowship success through the newly announced EPSRC quantum technologies career development programme

13 April 2022

We are delighted to report recipients include Alistair Brash who is a current experimental RA and Yingkai Ouyang who is a former theory RA and is currently at the National University of Singapore.

Their fellowship programmes are titled “Controlling environmental interactions for novel solid-state quantum technologies” (Brash) and “Integrating quantum sensors with bespoke quantum error correction” (Ouyang) and complement our existing experimental and theoretical research in LDSD. More details about the scheme on the UKRI website

Congratulations to Alistair and Yinkgai on their success, which funds their research for five years and includes RA (EPSRC) and PGR (Sheffield) support.

National Epitaxy Facility receives further funding

30 June 2022

Professor Jon Heffernan, Director of the National Epitaxy Facility, is delighted to announce that following a community statement-of-need in 2019 and a competitive bid to EPSRC, the National Epitaxy Facility has been funded for a further five years from 1 July 2022.

The Facility, led by the University of Sheffield and with the Universities of Cambridge and UCL as partners, is fulfilling a critical role in semiconductor innovation in the UK, building on a 40-year history of providing epitaxial wafers to both the academic and industrial research community.

The current facility has supported research projects valued at £150 million across 25 universities and with over 40 companies, in projects ranging from integrated photonics for cancer biopsy, to single photon emitters for quantum communications and computing, high speed lasers driving the next generation of the internet, and a new project looking at creating an analogue of a black hole in the laboratory!

With semiconductors now high on the UK government’s agenda, including a new consultation by BEIS, there has never been as many opportunities for researchers, students and industrial colleagues working in the semiconductor sector. The director added, “we look forward to working closely with the community over the next years to position the UK as a global leader in this field”.

Visit the National Epitaxy Facility website for more information on capabilities and new features of the Facility including heterogeneous integration, an increased range of materials on offer, and opportunities for PhD training.

Quantum Sensing for the Hidden Sector (QSHS) website

1 April 2022

Keep up to date with all the recent news, project updates, and people working on the QSHS project by visiting the QSHS website. Follow the project on Twitter @info_qshs.

University of Sheffield to lead multi-million pound project which could open up a new frontier in physics

12 July 2021

Quantum Sensing for the Hidden Sector (QSHS), is the best supported and largest UK effort in hidden sector physics to date, and involves scientists from a range of disciplines within physics.

A collaboration of scientists from across the UK are working on a new project to detect hidden particles, the discovery of which could open up a new frontier in fundamental physics.

Find out more in this University of Sheffield news article

University of Sheffield researchers awarded £6.1 million to study light emitting semiconductors for quantum science and technology

29 June 2021

Full news article on the University of Sheffield website

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have been awarded £6.1m to study light emitting semiconductor nanostructures.

Led by Professor Maurice Skolnick, the programme aims to capitalise on advanced technology to discover fundamentally new regimes of nanophotonic phenomena, with potential to underpin the next generation of quantum technologies.

The team, which involves eight co-investigators at the University of Sheffield, University College London and the University of Manchester, has been awarded a £6.1 million grant for this research by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Our research focuses on light emitting semiconductor materials. Such materials emit light very efficiently and dominate many aspects of everyday life, enabling things like the internet, large area displays, room and street lighting. Their existence relies on the high quality semiconductor structures which may be prepared by advanced crystal growth and sophisticated nanofabrication.

Professor Maurice Skolnick – Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Sheffield

“By capitalising on this, we aim to achieve fundamental advances in quantum photonics ranging from the regimes of few photons to highly dense states containing many tens of millions of electrons, holes and photons. The findings have considerable potential to underpin next generations of quantum technologies.”

The team will research on-chip geometries, enabling scale-up as likely required for applications. Due to the strong interaction of semiconductor materials with photons the researchers will achieve interactions between photons which normally do not interact, a key requirement for logic gates operating at the level of single photons.

This will give the researchers insight into the regime of highly non-linear phenomena at the few photon level. By coupling photons in cavities together, they are aiming for highly correlated states of photons, likely to be important components of photonic quantum processors and quantum communication systems.

The versatility of these semiconductor nanostructures will also allow access to regimes of high density where electrons and holes condense into highly populated states. This will allow the team to answer long-standing fundamental questions about the types of phase transitions that can occur in systems both in and out of equilibrium with their surroundings. The condensed state systems, besides their fundamental interest, also have potential as new forms of miniature coherent light sources.

University of Sheffield Inorganic Semiconductors

Opening of the Sheffield Quantum Centre

16 March 2020

The Sheffield Quantum Centre is now officially open! We celebrated the formal opening and launch of the Quantum Technology MBE Capital Equipment on Wednesday, 22 January 2020 in The Diamond, the University of Sheffield, 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD.

The opening of the Centre was carried out by Lord Jim O’Neill chair of Chatham House, promoter of the Northern Powerhouse and Sheffield alumnus, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Koen Lamberts.

The day was composed of the formal opening, talks on the UK National QT Programme, the Sheffield Centre and the new equipment. It was also held in conjunction with the MSCA ITN 4PHOTON Winter school, where relevant scientific talks were presented by leaders in the quantum dot and nanophotonics fields.

Below are some photos from the opening day.

Framed sign the wall to celebrate the opening
Group photo with machinery
Group photo in a lab
Scientific talk with an audience
Presenting to an audience
Presentation slides
Presenting to an audience
Speaker at the opening day

University of Sheffield launches new research centre to revolutionise computing, communication, sensing and imaging technologies

22 January 2020

A new research centre with the potential to revolutionise computing, communication, sensing and imaging technologies is set to be launched by the University of Sheffield this week (22 January 2020)

  • Sheffield Quantum Centre will develop materials, devices and information technology protocols with unprecedented capabilities and performance

  • New research centre will include £2.1 million Quantum Technology Capital equipment capable of growing state-of-the-art semiconductor materials

  • Research into quantum technologies is a high priority area for the UK, with northern universities playing a significant role in their development

LDSD Group celebrate success of spin-out company - AegiQ

12 September 2019

The UK is amongst the global leaders in bringing quantum technologies to market which is strongly driven by the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme run by the government.

The University of Sheffield already plays a major role in quantum technology with its National Epitaxy Facility and The Sheffield Quantum Centre, which have received a number of large EPSRC grants over the years. But, with strong support for commercial development available from Innovate UK, a team of researchers led by Professors Maurice Skolnick and Jon Heffernan, saw an opportunity to expand quantum technology at Sheffield beyond the boundaries of the University.

Hello world!

29 November 2018

The University of Sheffield is in the process of setting up a Quantum Centre to bring together researchers across the University active in quantum science and technology.