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Dr Ruth Oulton

Dr Ruth Oulton

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

Senior Lecturer

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



5th June: Our poster won first prize in the competition at the International Conference on Orbital Angular Momentum.

27th March: Our recent Phys. Rev. Letter was featured in Nature Photonics News and Views


I am an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow in the Centre for Quantum Photonics, and hold a proleptic lectureship 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:

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