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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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 group events on the IOP events site.

Committee and contacts

Chair Professor Barry Garraway, CPhys MInstP
Secretary Dr Alexander Clark, MInstP
Treasurer Dr Riccardo Sapienza, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Mark Bason, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Vincent Boyer
Ordinary Member Dr David Cunnah, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Irene D'Amico, FInstP
Ordinary Member Mr David Dunn
Ordinary Member Dr Vivien Kendon, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Walter Perrie, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Alastair Sinclair, FInstP
Ordinary Member Miss Maria Violaris