Robert Hadfield honoured in US

Issued: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:51:00 BST

The OSA, established a century ago, is the oldest international society for optics, promoting education, research and industry applications in optics. Robert joins a distinguished group of members who have served the optics and photonics community with distinction.

The OSA Board of Directors have recognised Robert for 'pioneering contributions in the development of superconducting single-photon detectors and advanced photon counting applications'.

Robert has developed some of the world’s most sensitive detectors for single light quanta - photons - and deployed these detectors in a range of important emerging applications, including quantum cryptography, atmospheric remote sensing and dose monitoring for laser cancer treatment. Within the School of Engineering, he leads the Quantum Sensors Group and the Division of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering. His current work is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, the European Research Council and the QuantIC quantum technology hub in quantum enhanced imaging.