Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  


About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we represent a forum for a community engaged with and interested in the research, applications and educational aspects of the quantum electronics and photonics. 

The Quantum Electronics Group was founded in 1972 to reflect on the burgeoning interest in lasers and their applications. In 1999 its name was changed to provide coverage of many other areas that have emerged due to rapid advancements in the broader area of photonics.

What the group does

Some examples of the research areas that we engage with are:

  • lasers and other sources of electromagnetic radiation,
  • fibre optics and optical communication
  • optical materials
  • quantum optics
  • integrated photonics
  • nonlinear optics and light-matter interaction
  • optical sensing and spectroscopy
  • bio- and medical optics
  • nanophotonics

Our membership covers:

  • industry
  • academia
  • education sector
  • policy makers
  • general public
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Group prizes

Quantum Electronics and Photonics Doctoral Research Prize

This prize recognises students who have carried out doctoral research of an exceptional standard in the field of quantum electronics and photonics in the areas of our current activities.

Learn more about the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Doctoral Research Prize.

Optics and Photonics Prize

This prize is biennially awarded jointly with the Optical Group for:

  • an outstanding contribution to the optics and photonics community
  • work mainly carried out in the UK or Ireland

Learn more about the Optics and Photonics Prize

Bates Prize

This is awarded jointly with other groups, to an early-career researcher for outstanding research, published within the previous five years, on a topic relevant to these Institute groups:

  • Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Quantum Control
  • Atomic and Molecular Interactions
  • Molecular Physics
  • Quantum Electronics and Photonics
  • Plasma Physics

Learn more about the Bates Prize

Alan Gibson Prize

This prize is awarded biannually for the best poster presented at the Photon series of conferences.

Group events 

Photon 2020

1-4 September 2020 - to be held as a virtual event

Over four days, Photon participants have the opportunity to:

  • attend lectures from experts in the field
  • get up to date with cutting-edge research
  • visit exhibitions on the latest in optics and photonics technology

Learn more about the Photon 2020 conference

Meetings

We also run half and one-day meetings on specific topics, sometimes replacing the specialist approach with a tutorial format.

As well as running our own programme of meetings and conferences, we keep in touch with the events at:

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry 
  • The Quantum Electronics Division of the European Physical Society
  • the Institution of Electrical Engineers' Optical Technology and Applications Group

Find group events on the IOP events site.

Blogs 

Committee and contacts 

  • Chair: Professor Dmitry Skryabin, University of Bath, d.v.skryabin@bath.ac.uk
  • Secretary: Dr James Lloyd-Hughes, University of Warwick, j.lloyd-hughes@warwick.ac.uk
  • Treasurer: Dr Susannah Heck, CST Global
  • Ordinary members:
    • David Benton
    • Mark Brannan
    • Angela Demetriadou
    • Darren Graham
    • Donald Govan
    • Mark Hughes
    • Martin Lavery
    • Esmaeil Namvar
    • Gordon Robb