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Efficient Spin-Photon Coupling in the Solid-State

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2018-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

The efficient coupling of a single electron spin to a single photon would represent a major milestone in our technological progress, and would lead to revolutionary advancements in communication and computation technologies exploiting quantum mechanical phenomena. Recently nano-scale `domes' of semiconductor known as quantum dots have emerged as the leading platform upon which this goal can be achieved; they can host localised electrons, and around them micro `pillars' can be grown which serve to channel photon emission. The catch, however, is that these are solid-state systems, and a quantum dot inevitably interacts with a large perturbing environment. The central question motivating this research is:

How does the solid-state environment surrounding a quantum dot affect its interaction with light, and how can this environment be actively exploited to improve spin--photon coupling in these systems?

Traditional approaches used to describe quantum dot--cavity systems are based on theories originally designed to treat atom--light interactions in free-space, and therefore inadequate to treat spins in solid-state systems beyond basic phenomenological descriptions. This research will go beyond these approaches by uniting the experienced researcher's expertise in modelling the optical properties of solid-state nanostructures, with the experimental expertise of Prof John Rarity, a world-leader in few-photon physics with a long history of demonstrating novel quantum phenomena. This research will provide a much-needed theoretical toolbox to model the optical properties of spins in a host emerging solid-state systems, and will pave the way towards scalable quantum optical communication and computation technologies


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Jake Iles-Smith, Dara P. S. McCutcheon, Jesper Mørk, Ahsan Nazir
Limits to coherent scattering and photon coalescence from solid-state quantum emitters
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/physrevb.95.201305
Physical Review B 95/20 2019-06-13
2017 Anders Nysteen, Dara P. S. McCutcheon, Mikkel Heuck, Jesper Mørk, Dirk R. Englund
Limitations of two-level emitters as nonlinearities in two-photon controlled-phase gates
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/physreva.95.062304
Physical Review A 95/6 2019-06-13
2017 Antoine Reigue, Jake Iles-Smith, Fabian Lux, Léonard Monniello, Mathieu Bernard, Florent Margaillan, Aristide Lemaitre, Anthony Martinez, Dara P. S. McCutcheon, Jesper Mørk, Richard Hostein, Valia Voliotis
Probing Electron-Phonon Interaction through Two-Photon Interference in Resonantly Driven Semiconductor Quantum Dots
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.118.233602
Physical Review Letters 118/23 2019-06-13
2017 Emil V. Denning, Jake Iles-Smith, Dara P. S. McCutcheon, Jesper Mork
Protocol for generating multiphoton entangled states from quantum dots in the presence of nuclear spin fluctuations
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.96.062329
Physical Review A 96/6 2019-06-13
2017 Masoomeh Taherkhani, Morten Willatzen, Jesper Mørk, Niels Gregersen, Dara P. S. McCutcheon
Type-II quantum-dot-in-nanowire structures with large oscillator strength for optical quantum gate applications
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/physrevb.96.125408
Physical Review B 96/12 2019-06-13
2018 Stefan Gerhardt, Jake Iles-Smith, Dara P. S. McCutcheon, Yu-Ming He, Sebastian Unsleber, Simon Betzold, Niels Gregersen, Jesper Mørk, Sven Höfling, Christian Schneider
Intrinsic and environmental effects on the interference properties of a high-performance quantum dot single-photon source
published pages: 195432, ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/physrevb.97.195432
Physical Review B 97/19 2019-06-13
2017 Jake Iles-Smith, Dara P. S. McCutcheon, Ahsan Nazir, Jesper Mørk
Phonon scattering inhibits simultaneous near-unity efficiency and indistinguishability in semiconductor single-photon sources
published pages: 521-526, ISSN: 1749-4885, DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2017.101
Nature Photonics 11/8 2019-06-13

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