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Professor Ruth Oulton

Professor Ruth Oulton

Professor Ruth Oulton
MSc(UMIST), PhD(Sheff.)


Professor of 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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+44 (0) 117 42 82917
+44 (0) 117 928 7603


I am a Professor of Quantum Photonics and EPSRC Quantum Technologies Fellow in the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs, 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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