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Ireland funds integrated quantum photonics project

Researchers at the Tyndall National Institute aim to progress towards photonic devices for quantum information processing based on semiconductor artificial atom technology and integrated photonics

A researcher at the Tyndall National Institute based at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland has won €1.29 million in funding for an integrated photonics project. The funding has been awarded under the Frontiers for the Future Programme, announced by Patrick O’Donovan, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Emanuele Pelucchi will use the award for his project: “Expanding Site-Controlled Quantum Dot Technology: Photonic Cavity Toolkit Development For Quantum Integration (Exquis).”

Exquis aims to leverage the incoming “second quantum revolution” to address essential steps for the demonstration of fundamental photonic devices for quantum information processing based on semiconductor artificial atom technology and integrated photonics. The project involves European and Irish partners who will work in synergy towards an ambitious and potentially high-gain goal.

“These distinguished awards recognise Dr Pelucchi’s work in integrated quantum photonics, thus strengthening Ireland's internationally significant position in the creation of new quantum technologies,” said William Scanlon, CEO of Tyndall.

The project is one of 28 funding awards announced with a total value of €34 million to support research across seven Higher Education Institutions. “These awards support the development of world-class research in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said O’Donovan. “The projects and higher education institutions are focusing on will help deliver solutions to some of the major challenges facing society, including in healthcare, the environment and technology.”

The 28 awards are of 4-5 years’ duration and will support 124 research positions including 58 postdoctoral positions, 53 PhD students and 13 research assistants and other positions. The research will be undertaken in the following seven research bodies: Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Teagasc, and University of Galway. This programme has been funded in collaboration with the Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

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