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Brian Gerardot

Dr Brian Gerardot

Research Fellow


Heriot-Watt University

Research summary

Scientists world-wide are in pursuit of radical proposals to exploit coherent quantum states for a diverse range of applications including communication, information processing, and metrology. Similar to conventional technologies, the quantum machinery will most likely consist of photons and semiconductor devices to transmit, make, receive, and process the quantum information. We are developing coherent solid-state quantum states which interact with photons, including: mature III-V quantum dots, telecom wavelength quantum dots, or emerging two-dimensional semiconductors with direct band-gaps. We aim to understand and minimize dephasing processes for single spins and emitted photons and to develop broad-band optical antennas to significantly increase the light-matter interaction efficiency. Success in both endeavors will enable the pursuit of a scalable quantum photonic architecture in which quantum information encoded in photons or spins can be reliably sent over long distances for future technologies.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Scalable Two-Dimensional Quantum Photonics

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Oct 2017 - Sep 2022

Value: £50,000

Semiconductor Quantum Photonics

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2014 - Sep 2017

Value: £315,244.31

Quantum optics of tunable zero-dimensional solid-state emitters

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2009 - Sep 2014

Value: £525,503.43