From November 1st, an Oxford team will lead a consortium of six European research institutions in a three year project entitled Wavelength-tunable Advanced Single Photon Sources (WASPS), funded by the European Commission under FP7. The €2m project coordinated by Dr Jason Smith in the Department of Materials will develop devices for quantum information technologies in which colour centres in diamond are coupled to optical microcavities to produce single photons in a highly controllable fashion. A central aim of the project is to produce devices that can be operated in a ‘real world’ environment beyond the confines of a laboratory, thus providing an important step towards practical quantum information systems.
The consortium includes researchers at Bristol and Cardiff Universities in the UK, Universität des Saarlandes and Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Germany, and CNRS Grenoble in France. A ‘kick-off’ meeting for the project will be held in Oxford on December 12/13.