Quantum Polaritonics

An international research partnership of state-of-the-art experimental laboratories and theoretical groups between the University of Cambridge, MIT-Skoltech, and the University of Southampton.

Our team consists of a tripartite international research partnership of state-of-the-art experimental laboratories and theoretical groups between the University of Cambridge, MIT-Skoltech, and the University of Southampton.

Natalia Berloff is Professor at the Centre for Photonics and Quantum Materials at MIT-Skoltech, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Jesus College. Her research interests are in quantum hydrodynamics, understanding and exploiting coherence in non-equilibrium quantum systems: Bose Condensation of excitons and polaritons, magnons, atomic gases, and superfluid helium.

Prof Pavlos Lagoudakis is Deputy Head for Research at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton and director of the Hybrid Photonics Laboratories at the University of Southampton and MIT-Skoltech. His research spans the fields of photonics, strong light-matter coupling, semiconductor and condensed matter physics. Link to CV.

Dr Alexis Askitopoulos completed his PhD on the dynamics of spinor polariton condensates and now is developing control methods for programming extended polariton lattices at the MIT-Skoltech.

Dr Namig Hasanov is investigating quantum correlations in polariton lattices and the dynamics of the quantum speed-up of polariton simulators at the University of Southampton.

Dr Fauzia Jabeen is working on the fabrication of a new generation of semiconductor microcavities for polariton simulators in collaboration with the University of Wuertzburg.

Dr Denis Sanikov is working on polariton lattices in organic microcavities towards room temperature polariton simulators in collaboration with IBM and the University of Sheffield at MIT-Skoltech.

Dr Anton Zasedatelev is investigating the potential of polariton amplifiers at ambient conditions as ultrafast optical modulators in collaboration with IBM at MIT-Skoltech.

Sergey Alyatkin joined the polaritonics team to investigate the Kibble-Zurek mechanism in extended polariton lattices at MIT-Skoltech.

Anton Baranikov is pursuing his PhD at MIT-Skoltech on organic polariton condensates in collaboration with IBM.

Tamsin Cookson is pursuing her PhD on polariton condensation in novel organic materials and polariton graphs for polariton simulators at the University of Southampton.

Kirill Kalinin is pursuing his PhD at the University of Cambridge specialising in modelling of various aspects of polariton condensates including spin degree of freedom, dynamics, interactions between condensates, fundamentals of polariton graph optimisers.

Aleksandr Korenkov is pursuing his PhD on extended polariton lattices for analogue simulation of QNCO at the MIT-Skoltech.

Lucy Pickup is pursuing her PhD on spinor bistability, Bloch bands and topological defect sites in polariton lattices at the University of Southampton.

Aleksei Semelin is pursuing his PhD on dynamics of organic polariton condensates and organic polariton dyads in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and IBM at the MIT-Skoltech.

Timur Ermatov is a research intern assisting in the development and maintenance of the simulator's components at MIT-SK.

Stella Harrison is pursuing her MPHYS with Research at the University of Southampton developing machine learning algorithms for optimising and automising the generation of polariton graphs.

Julian Toepfer did his Diploma on developing new methods for controlling the interactions between polariton condensates and investigating the formation of giant vortices at the University of Southampton and at MIT-SK.

Nicky Brooks is administrative assistant to Prof Lagoudakis.

Dr Mael Brossard is Facilities Manager of the MIT-SK laboratory.

Alumni

Dr Matteo Silva completed his PhD on the experimental realisation of polariton simulators and currently investigates frustration in extended polariton lattices; here enjoying a glass of prosecco for defending his thesis in record time (360days).