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Dr Ruth Oulton

Dr Ruth Oulton

Dr Ruth Oulton
MSc(UMIST), PhD(Sheff)

Reader in Quantum Photonics

Area of research

Solid State Spin Physics and Polarization-Engineered Nanophotonics for Quantum Technologies

Office NSQI 1.13 / MVB 4.15
HH Wills Physics Laboratory,
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL
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Office NSQI 1.13 / MVB 4.15
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 928 7603


I am a senior lecturer and former EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow in the Centre for Quantum Photonics, in Physics and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. My research interests centre around the use of solid-state quantum emitters that interact with light, for quantum technology applications.

I am Principle Investigator and Co Investigator of several research grants which cover a range of research interests:

Present Grants

  • EPSRC Quantum Technologies Fellow: "Project 1D QED" EP/N003381/1: a 5 year fellowship to create useable single photon sources and quantum photonic switching technology.
  • PI of EPSRC Standard Grant "SPIN SPACE" EP/M024156/1, a collaboration with the University of Essex where we will combine single photon sources and semiconductor spin lasers in a multicore fibre platform.

Previous grants:

  • PI of EU FP7 Future and Emerging Technologies collaboration grant " Spin Photon Anglar Momentum Transfer for Quantum Enabled Technologies" ( SPANGL4Q).
  • EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship: "Nuclear Nanomagnets for Quantum Optical Spin Devices"

  • Co-I of CHIST-ERA collaboration grant " Solid- State Quantum Networks" (SSQN)

  • I have also very recently received a New Directions for EPSRC Research Leaders Award, on "Biomimetics for Quantum Optics".



 "Waves" part of "Waves and Optics" course for the foundation Physics 1E/1P course.


Final Year Projects:

Final year project and dissertation students in Physics

Final year and MSc project students in Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Quantum Dots
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Quantum Optics Semiconductor Physics
  • Optical Spectroscopy Nanophotonics
  • light-matter interactions
  • quantum electro-dynamics in solid-state systems.

Recent publications

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