Research highlights

Academics discuss their research

Professor Jeremy O'Brien

My research is focussed on harnessing the fundamental laws of physics, called quantum mechanics, to realise new technologies the promise to revolutionise information communication and processing. Bristol's Centre for Quantum Photonics is developing all of the photonics components for these future technologies and exploring the fundamental science that underpins them. Video credit: Yoho Media

Professor Mervyn Miles

My research is concerned with both imaging and manipulating structures at the nanoscale. This is achieved through two techniques: (i) high-speed atomic force microscopy, where we have invented new methods that allow us to follow processes occurring at the nanoscale, and (ii) the dynamic holographic assembler in which multiple holographically generated optical traps are used to assemble and manipulate structures from photonic band-gap crystals to nanotools and living cells. Yoho Media

Professor Sandu Popescu

My main research interest is in fundamental aspects of quantum physics; basically I am interested in getting a better understanding of the nature of quantum behavior. The fact that so often one discovers seemingly paradoxical new quantum effects is a signature that a deep and intuitive understanding is still missing. A major focus of my research has been quantum non-locality.

For most of its history, the subject of quantum non-locality was primarily of interest to philosophers of physics. My research aim was to go beyond philosophy and to develop an understanding of the physics of non-locality. This led me to establish some of the central concepts of the new area of quantum information and computation.

I have also worked on many other aspects of quantum theory, ranging from the very fundamental, to designing practical experiments (such as the first teleportation experiment) to patentable commercial applications. Video credit: Yoho Media

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Professor Yakir Aharonov and Sir Michael Berry

In 2009 the Science Faculty held a two-day meeting to celebrate the anniversaries of two major fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics: 50 years since the discovery of the Aharonov-Bohm effect, by Professor Yakir Aharonov, and 25 years since the discovery of the related geometric, or Berry phase, by Sir Michael Berry.

The meeting took place in the Physics Department of the University of Bristol, where both effects were discovered, and the Aharonov-Bohm effect was first verified experimentally by Bob Chambers.