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Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Quantum Control 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

In the last few years, a vigorous new research community has emerged in the field of quantum optics, information and control.

As a special interest, member-driven group, we cover a broad spectrum of topics that include:

  • metrology
  • standards
  • information theory
  • quantum technologies
  • foundations of quantum physics
  • investigation and control of fundamental physical and chemical phenomena

What the group does

The purpose of our group is to:

  • support links with industry
  • organise conferences, seminars and workshops
  • foster links with national and international research networks
  • promote interaction between physicists working in the diverse range of research fields we encompass
  • organise outreach activities, for example talks to school or the production of videos
  • award grants and prizes relating to conferences of interest, for example the Conference on Condensed Matter and Materials, Photon and QuAMP Divisional conferences
  • award and administer conference travel bursaries and grants for student meetings and conferences

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Quantum on the Clock

And your three minutes start... now! Physicist Richard Feynman once said “I can safely say that nobody really understands quantum mechanics” – can you help us prove him wrong?

The Institute of Physics QQQ group Quantum on the Clock competition challenges UK and Ireland high school students to create a three-minute video about any aspect of quantum science or technology.

Entries can be individual or in teams of up to four students, and there are loads of prizes up for grabs, including cash, Physics World subscriptions, and expenses-paid invitations to the Photon 2022 conference dinner.

We are pleased to announce the top winners, runners-up and highly commended entries for Quantum on the Clock 2022.

Find out more about Quantum on the Clock or watch our video summary. You can also follow @qqq_iop for Twitter updates about the competition.

Group physics 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 IOP 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.

Group events

Find events for the QQQ Group

Committee and contacts

ChairDr Alexander Clark, MInstP
SecretaryDr Mark Bason, MInstP
TreasurerMr Paul Bromelow, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr David Cunnah, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr John Devaney, MInstP
Ordinary MemberProfessor Barry Garraway, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Alex Guttridge, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Benjamin Lienhard, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Jongseok Lim, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Yasir Noori, CEng CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Sai Kiran Rajendran, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Alastair Sinclair, FInstP
Ordinary MemberMiss Maria Violaris