Physics Research News

Collaboration in Science and Engineering wins research journal award

A collaboration between Science and Engineering research groups has won an award from an international journal. A paper based on the research, produced by Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics and LiFi R&D Centre, has received the 2022 Best Paper Award from IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.

December 2022

New device can control light at unprecedented speeds

A programmable optical device for high-speed beam steering has been developed in research involving the University of Strathclyde.

November 2022

Advanced quantum computers exhibited at UK-wide showcase

Some of the UK’s most advanced quantum computing systems, developed by M Squared and the University of Strathclyde, are to be displayed at the UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase in London.

November 2022

QuForce Demo Day, Most Novel award

Strathclyde MSc students, Siddharth Rangnekar and Nizar Lethif, have won the Most Novel award for their work on “Asymmetric Bases Cloning: A Novel Approach to Cloning-based Attacks on BB84” at the QuForce Demo Day.

September 2022

Dr Brian McNeil awarded Particle Accelerator and Beams Group Prize and FEL Prize

Dr Brian McNeil has recently been awarded two professional prizes in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the advancement of the field of Free-Electron Lasers (FEL).

August 2022

A simple way of sculpting matter into complex shapes

A new method for shaping matter into complex shapes, with the use of ‘twisted’ light, has been demonstrated in research at the University of Strathclyde.

August 2022

Physicists 'switch on' the future for ultra-precise optical clocks

A major stumbling block in the development of portable ultra-precise optical clocks has been solved by an international collaboration of scientists, including the Universities of Strathclyde, Loughborough and Sussex.

August 2022

Strathclyde among Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics winners

Professor Stuart Reid from Strathclyde is part of the 'Increasing the science reach for Quantum Enhanced Interferometry' project, one of seventeen projects funded by the STFC and EPSRC.

August 2022

A Roadmap for the Future of Quantum Simulation

A roadmap for the future direction of quantum simulation has been set out in a paper co-authored at the University of Strathclyde. The paper, published in Nature, explores near- and medium-term possibilities for quantum simulation on analogue and digital platforms to help evaluate the potential of this area.

July 2022


The Department congratulates Dr Oliver Henrich and Dr Fabien Massabuau on their promotions to Senior Lecturer and Philip MacInnes on his promotion to Research Fellow.

June 2022

Strathclyde and National Uni of Singapore to co-ordinate quantum communications

The University of Strathclyde and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on satellite quantum communications, to pave the way for increased joint experiments between the institutions.

May 2022

Physics Professor elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Martin Dawson, Director of Research at Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics and head of the Strathclyde-hosted Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

May 2022

New Director appointed at Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics

Dr Jennifer Hastie has been appointed Director of the Institute of Photonics (IoP), succeeding Professor Keith Mathieson. She will be supported in her new post by Deputy Director Dr Nicolas Laurand and Director of Research Professor Martin Dawson.

May 2022

Alter Technology opens Photonics Design Centre in Technology & Innovation Centre

Alter Technology TUV Nord has opened a Photonics Design Centre in Glasgow, at the University of Strathclyde, to accelerate the commercialisation of photonic products into quantum technology and space markets.

April 2022

Pursuing Sustainable Development Goals with quantum sensor technology

A team of five researchers from Strathclyde’s Department of Physics and Institute of Photonics will be participating in the International Network for Sensor and Timing Applications in Quantum Technologies (INSTA-QT), a network which has been established to use quantum technology in tackling global challenges, as set out in the UN Development Sustainable Goals (SDGs). Their role will focus on the development of core laser technology for quantum sensors, with a major activity in building quantum magnetometers for magnetoencephalography and geophysical surveying.

March 2022

Visionary researcher awarded Ernest Rutherford fellowship

Dr Mariana Fazio is one of ten new Ernest Rutherford fellows, an STFC award, to carry out work into next generation optical coatings for gravitational wave detectors at the University of Strathclyde. Dr Fazio, a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, will work alongside Head of Biomedical Engineering, Professor Stuart Reid’s astrophysics research group.

March 2022

Taking quantum computing into real-world applications

The University of Strathclyde is a partner in the £3 million Empowering Practical Interfacing of Quantum Computing (EPIQC) project, which aims to take quantum computing from the lab to real-world applications.

March 2022

A Kerr polarization controller

In a European collaboration, Gian-Luca Oppo and Lewis Hill of the Department of Physics at Strathclyde helped to demonstrate the manipulation of light polarisation of a continuous laser wave in a special glass fibre with mirrors attached at both ends.

March 2022

Finite key effects in satellite quantum key distribution

The first realisations of satellite quantum key distribution (QKD) technologies are being rapidly developed. However, the limited contact time window between satellite and ground station severely constrains the amount of secret key that can be obtained. A team at the University of Strathclyde, led by Dr Daniel Oi, explored this effect of limited transmission times and analysed its implications on satellite quantum communication mission design and operations.

February 2022

Two international quantum networks to be led at Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is to lead two international quantum technology networks: the International Network in Space Quantum Technologies, which will tackle the challenges of taking terrestrial quantum technologies into space, and the International Network for Microfabrication of Atomic Quantum Sensors, which will create a framework for collaboration on the next generation of fully-integrated atomic sensors.

February 2022

Strathclyde shares in EPSRC grant developing micro-laser diode technology for micro-display and VLC devices

The Department of Physics is a partner in a project developing a revolutionary new way of making micro-displays, which are set to create a new generation of smartphones, smartwatches and VR headsets with higher resolution, speed and efficiency.

January 2022


The Department congratulates Dr Lucia Caspani and Dr Sebastian van de Linde on their promotions to Senior Lecturer and Jonathan McKendry on his promotion to Research Fellow.

January 2022