Quantum Animations

2D Materials Beyond Graphene

In this animation, the next gen. of optoelectronic devices based upon the physics and tech. of layered 2D materials is presented. Following the discovery of graphene a host of other 2D materials have been discovered with a wide range of different properties. We explain the concept and unique properties of 2-dimensional materials and show that by stacking different 2D materials into carefully constructed stacks, these properties can be combined to produce artificial materials known as van der Waals heterostructures with tailor-made properties. Such systems are at the forefront of semiconductor research of which our research group in Sheffield is actively contributing.

What is a polariton

The basic underlying physics of exciton-polariton formation in a semiconductor microcavity is explained in this short animation. Fascinating fundamental effects can be observed in microcavity polariton systems, such as stimulated parametric scattering, non-equilibrium Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity. We have a large research activity aimed at understanding and exploiting the light-matter interactions in exciton-polariton systems.

Hong-Ou-Mandel Effect

An animation describing the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect in photonic structures, a key component of photonic quantum information processing. We are developing miniaturised semiconductor structures like the one shown in the animation to demonstrate the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect. Our overall goal is to interface static qubits (exciton or spin states in quantum dots) with flying qubits (photons), in order to demonstrate the key components of quantum networks.

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