Nobel winner von Klitzing tours NanoFab


Nobel Laureate Professor Klaus von Klitzing toured our new nanofabrication facility on his visit to Heriot-Watt. ‘This equipment is an essential tool in my present work’ said Professor von Klitzing who is currently director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics in Stuttgart, Germany.

(Photo by R. Hadfield)


New electron beam lithography system commissioned


Heriot-Watt University has just taken delivery of a state-of-the-art electron beam lithography system (funded under a new Scottish Universities Physics Alliance initiative).  This instrument (a Raith Pioneer system) allows features down to 10 nm width to be patterned on semiconductor chips.  A laser interferometer-controlled stage allows nanoscale features to be patterned faithfully over mm areas. Dr. Robert Hadfield and Dr. Brian Gerardot plan to use this instrument to create advanced nanophotonic structures, in collaboration with partners in academia and industry.



Perspective article on our new results published in Science

Michael Kolodrubetz and Jason Petta comment on our recent results: discovery of an ultra-coherent quantum state in a semicondutor as characterized by coherent population trpping. Read the full story.


Dr. Chris Kuklewicz joins the group


Chris joins us as a Research Associate after working most recently at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in the Quantum Information Processing group. Previously, he searched for the fibre-optical analogue of the event horizon in the quantum optics group at St. Andrews University. Chris’ PhD thesis at MIT involved building an ultra-bright source of entangled photons.


Positively spin coherent by Guido Burkard


Dr. Burkard discusses our work in Nature Materials.

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