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Research interests

I am a Professor of Quantum Photonics and EPSRC Quantum Technologies Fellow in the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs, in Physics and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. My research interests centre around the use of solid-state quantum emitters that interact with light, for quantum technology applications.

I am Principle Investigator and Co Investigator of several research grants which cover a range of research interests:

Present Grants

  • EPSRC Quantum Technologies Fellow: "Project 1D QED" EP/N003381/1: a 5 year fellowship to create useable single photon sources and quantum photonic switching technology.
  • PI of EPSRC Standard Grant "SPIN SPACE" EP/M024156/1, a collaboration with the University of Essex where we will combine single photon sources and semiconductor spin lasers in a multicore fibre platform.

Previous grants:

  • PI of EU FP7 Future and Emerging Technologies collaboration grant " Spin Photon Anglar Momentum Transfer for Quantum Enabled Technologies" ( SPANGL4Q).
  • EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship: "Nuclear Nanomagnets for Quantum Optical Spin Devices"

  • Co-I of CHIST-ERA collaboration grant " Solid- State Quantum Networks" (SSQN)

  • I have also very recently received a New Directions for EPSRC Research Leaders Award, on "Biomimetics for Quantum Optics".

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Bristol Quantum Information Institute
  • QETLabs

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Research Output

Quantum dot induced phase shift in a pillar microcavity

Young, AB., Oulton, R., Hu, C., Thijssen, ACT., Schneider, C., Reitzenstein, S., Kamp, M., Hofling, S., Worschech, L., Forchel, A. & Rarity, JG., Jul 2011, In : Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. 84, p. 011803 - 011806 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 76 Citations (Scopus)

    Transfer of arbitrary quantum emitter states to near-field photon superpositions in nanocavities

    Thijssen, A. C. T., Cryan, M. J., Rarity, J. G. & Oulton, R., 24 Sep 2012, In : Optics Express. 20, 20, p. 22412-22428 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    10 Citations (Scopus)

    Subsecond spin relaxation times in quantum dots at zero applied magnetic field due to a strong electron-nuclear interaction

    Oulton, R., Greilich, A., Verbin, S. Y., Cherbunin, R. V., Auer, T., Yakovlev, D. R., Bayer, M., Merkulov, I. A., Stavarache, V., Reuter, D. & Wieck, A. D., 9 Mar 2007, In : Physical Review Letters. 98, 10, p. - 4 p., 107401.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    64 Citations (Scopus)


    • 3 Fellowship awarded competitively
    • 1 Advisory work for/on national or international committee or working group

    Alexander von Humboldt fellowship

    Ruth Oulton (Recipient)

    Jul 2004Jan 2006

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Institute of Physics (External organisation)

    Ruth Oulton (Contributor)


    Activity: Membership typesAdvisory work for/on national or international committee or working group

    Supervised Work

    Modelling and fabrication of nanophotonics devices

    Author: Taverne, M. P. C., 24 Jan 2017

    Supervisor: Rarity, J. G. (Supervisor) & Oulton, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Nuclear spin control and manipulation in self-assembled quantum dots

    Author: Hinchliff, J., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: McCutcheon, D. (Supervisor) & Oulton, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Optical Tamm States for novel optical and quantum optical devices

    Author: Parker, M., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Oulton, R. (Supervisor) & Harbord, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)