If you are interested in collaborating or other engagement with us, then we would be happy to hear from you.

Here are some of our recent and ongoing collaborations:

Programme grant and Innovate UK projects

This grant exploits the advantageous properties of III-V semiconductors to achieve agenda setting advances in the quantum science and technology of solid state materials. We work in the regime of next generation quantum effects such as superposition and entanglement, where III-V systems have many favourable attributes, including strong interaction with light, picosecond control times, and microsecond coherence times. The grant is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge (D A Ritchie) and Lancaster (H Schomerus), capitalising on the advanced, complementary expertise in each institution. The project lead is Maurice Skolnick and regarding innovate UK projects you should contact Jon Heffernan. You can learn more here.

National epitaxy facility

Homepage for National epitaxy facility

The Facility is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and University College London and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of a network of National Research Centres.

Our mission is to provide a semiconductor epitaxy service to UK academics and industrial customers. The Facility provides a range of bespoke epitaxial wafers and devices that underpin world-class semiconductor research in the UK. Furthermore, it helps to support the impact of this research in the scientific and industrial strategy of the Nation. The University of Sheffield has been providing such a service to the semiconductor research community since 1979.

We provide a full range of group III-V semiconductors and Si/Ge-based group IV materials by both the MBE and MOVPE techniques. Based on these materials, and working with our extensive network of users, we also produce a broad range of novel devices including LEDs, lasers, quantum circuits, transistors, advanced detectors and solar cells.

The director of the National epitaxy facility is Jon Heffernan.

UK National quantum tech partner

As part of the UK’s national quantum technology programme, Sheffield is one of the consortia members of the Quantum communication hub and the Quantum computation & simulation hub.

Quantum communication hub

This hub is led by the University of York and other University partners include: Bristol, Cambridge,Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, Leeds, Strathclyde and York. Other partners include: Airbus, BT, Toshiba and the UK space agency.

Single-photon emitters at infrared frequencies would be an essential component of any quantum communication technology that uses low-attenuation optical fibres. At Sheffield, we are developing such emitters using quantum dots. This effort is led by Maurice Skolnick

Efficient protocols for entanglement and key distribution are pivotal to high-rate quantum communication systems. At Sheffield, this effort is led by Pieter Kok.

Quantum computation & simulation hub

This hub is led by the University of Oxford and other University partners include: Bath, Cambridge, University College London, Bristol, Durham, Southampton and Sussex. Other partners include Google, IBM, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Toshiba.

Sheffield will develop software that improves the compilation of quantum algorithms and classical simulation of small quantum computers. One of our recent Hub projects was a collaboration with IBM that developed simulation software that is now part of their QISkit platform. This effort is led by Earl Campbell.

QCDA: European consortia on quantum error correction

QCDA stands for Quantum Code Design & Architecture. QCDA goal is to develop new, more efficient techniques of quantum error correction. We explore the capabilities of qubit codes in exotic topologies and algebraic ways of constructing quantum low-density parity check codes. We are also investigating continuous variable quantum error correction where the elementary building blocks are oscillators (e.g. photons) rather than qubits. It is a European consortium led by the University of Sheffield and including: University College London (D Browne), INRIA Paris (A Leverrier), QuTech Delft (B Terhal) and Munich (R Koenig). The Sheffield lead is Earl Campbell

Visit the QCDA homepage

QuantERA InterPol

This grant aims to implement polariton lattices in semiconductor microcavities as a photonic-based solid-state platform for quantum simulations. It involves an international collaboration between University College London (UK), The University of Oxford (UK), The University of Sheffield (UK), The Paul-Drude-Institut (Germany), Le Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (France), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) and The Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland). The Sheffield contribution is led by Dmitry Krizhanovskii. You can learn more here.