3rd 4-Photon Workshop

posted Jun 29, 2020, 12:51 AM by Sergio Bietti

The third Workshop of the ITN 4PHOTON project was held online due to Covid-19 restriction from 22 to 25 June 2020. During the Workshop three lectures of entrepreneurs were proposed. Each ESR held a oral presentation on her/his research. Two day training  for the ESRs was provided by Sandrine Soubes (Think Ahead - University of Sheffield) and one workshop on “Business and start-up skills – success beyond academia” was provided by Andrew Collins (QTEC).

Video contest

posted Apr 16, 2020, 6:35 AM by Sergio Bietti

It is possible to watch the video created by the ESRs of the 4-Photon project in the Video contest page.

Sheffield Nanophotonic winter school

posted Apr 16, 2020, 6:32 AM by Sergio Bietti

The Nanophotonics Winter School in Sheffield was designed to introduce PhD students and junior researchers to advances in nanophotonics based on several materials platforms and pursuing a range of applications, as well as to maximally expose them to research fields dealing with quantum light emitters, single spins etc, which rely on nanophotonic structures and devices. The speakers covered nanophotonics applications in a range of material systems including III-V semiconductor quantum dots coupled to nanobeam waveguides, photonic crystal cavities and tunable microcavities; silicon and gallium phosphate nano-antennas; transition metal dichalcogenides nano-devices; plasmonics based on noble metals; poled lithium niobate quantum photonics; single photon detectors based on various superconducting nano-films and nanowires etc. A range of phenomena have been introduced including strong-light matter interaction, quantum entanglement, generation of indistinguishable and entangled photons, single photon detection using superconducting detectors, hyperfine interaction between the electron and nuclear spins in quantum dots etc. 

In order to attract the best speakers (mostly from the UK, but also from Germany, Sweden and Switzerland), event was open to any junior researcher in addition to ESRs from 4PHOTON. 

In total on Day 1 and 2 the school was attended by more than 50 researchers. On Day 1 and 2, the format of presentation was in a form of 1 to 1.5 hour tutorials, including significant amount of introductory material. 

On Day 3 of the meeting, School was merged with a significant University event of the official ceremony of the opening of the Sheffield Quantum Centre. On this day, the format was changed to 40 minute invited talks, and included in the programme the opening ceremony itself, which included the overview of the University of Sheffield activities in quantum technologies, as well as the overview of the whole UK national programme in Quantum Technologies by Sir Peter Knight, the original champion for national scale investment in quantum research. His talk was also preceded by a speech from Sheffield’s Vice Chancellor Koen Lamberts and Lord O’Neill, one of the most notable Sheffield’s alumni. All of these speeches included many references to how research policy is conducted and how the national research vision is formed in the global context. 

The attendance of the whole Day 3 was very high exceeding 100, and the 4PHOTON ESRs had an amazing opportunity to network with a broad range of Sheffield and external researchers. 


3rd 4-Photon School in Sheffield

posted Nov 25, 2019, 1:16 AM by Sergio Bietti

The Nanophotonic Winter School will be held at the University of Sheffield from 20 to 22 of January 2020.

Picture of 2nd 4-Photon Workshop

posted Nov 8, 2019, 7:35 AM by Sergio Bietti   [ updated Nov 8, 2019, 7:41 AM ]

The second Workshop of the ITN 4PHOTON project took place in Haar (Munich) from 15 to 18 October 2019. During the Workshop two lectures of entrepreneurs and a visit to Attocube were proposed. Each ESR held a oral presentation on her/his research. Two and half day training  for the ESRs was provided by Sandrine Soubes and Kevin Byron (Think Ahead - University of Sheffield).

Athens Science Festival

posted Jun 20, 2019, 3:04 AM by Sergio Bietti

ESR2, Dimosthenis Toliopoulos, participated in Athens Science Festival from 3rd to 7th April 2019 presenting 4-Photon project and explaining the applications in the field of Quantum Information and Quantum Cryptography.

2nd 4-Photon School in Würzburg

posted Jun 20, 2019, 2:51 AM by Sergio Bietti

2nd edition of the 4-PHOTON School on the subject of “Quantum dots: from growth to fundamental properties”, was organized by University of Würzburg from 11th Feb to 14th Feb 2019. The main aim of the school was to address each aspect from concepts to the realization of novel quantum technology devices.

The scientific program was designed in such a way that a comprehensive 90-minute tutorial was delivered by the pioneers of the field followed by invited talks around same topic, 45 minutes each. This plan enables the early career researchers (ESRs) who are carrying out their PhDs, as well as the next generation researcher (Master students, research associates), to have an overview of the work carried out so-far and also state of the art in each field. ESRs from the 4-PHOTON project were not only attending the workshop, but also actively involved with poster presentations, mutual exchange with the experts attending the workshop, and outreach activities organized during the school. ESRs also participated in social events which help them to interact and exchange knowledge among them during the whole length of the school. This was organised by Würzburg ESR Piotr Andrej Wroński.

There were around 80 participants for this school including 4-PHOTON ESRs, students from other German universities and from abroad. On 14th Feb 2019 a social dinner was arranged for all the school participants and was attended by over 80 which included the entire 4 - PHOTON ITN network.

As an outreach activity, ESRs organized some interesting setups to show some simple experiments to address fabrication, measurements, simulation and applications. Around 15 high school students from Würzburg came to participate in this activity and it was very engaging.

2nd 4-Photon School in Würzburg

posted Jan 16, 2019, 8:12 AM by Sergio Bietti

The Winter School on “Quantum Dots: from growth to fundamental properties” will be held at the University of Würzburg, Free State of Bavaria, Germany from 11th to 14th February 2019.

Picture of 1st 4-Photon Workshop

posted Oct 17, 2018, 5:28 AM by Sergio Bietti   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 5:29 AM ]

The first Workshop of the ITN 4PHOTON project took place in Eindhoven from 11 to 14 September 2018. During the Workshop three lectures of entrepreneurs in optics and a visit to Experience Center ASML were proposed. Each ESR held a oral presentation on her/his research. Training on "Becoming excellent and impactful communicators"  for the ESRs was provided by Sandrine Soubes (Think Ahead - University of Sheffield).

Picture of 1st 4-Photon school

posted Jul 26, 2018, 4:07 AM by Sergio Bietti   [ updated Jul 26, 2018, 4:14 AM ]

The first meeting of the ITN 4PHOTON took place in Basel 12th to 14th Februay 2018. The first part of the meeting consisted of lectures covering core topics in quantum technology. Five lectures were given by theorists covering essential concepts in this field.  The experimental work was covered in two lectures, one on industrial research on quantum cryptography and one on the growth of semiconductor nanostructures. Each ESR presented a poster on her/his research. Additional training on project and career planning for the ESRs was provided by Sandrine Soubes (University of Sheffield).

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