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Taking large optical quantum states out of the lab: engaging pupils and the public on quantum photonics sciences
Author(s): Matthew T. Posner; Paolo L. Mennea; Paul C. Gow; Rex H. S. Bannerman; Sam Berry; Devin H. Smith; James C. Gates; Peter G. R. Smith

Paper Abstract

Novel research-inspired outreach activities allow scientists and members of the public to engage in a conversation, increasing the public’s understanding and interest in scientific research. This paper reviews outreach and public engagement initiatives undertaken by researchers from the University of Southampton’s Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group during a 5-year research program grant entitled Building Large Optical Quantum States. The activities have been supported by a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council program grant and institutional, national and international professional organizations. The paper discusses activities and hand-outs that have been developed to increase the visibility and public understanding of integrated-photonics fabrication and testing facilities, including a cleanroom-based process for the design and fabrication of quantum outreach chips. More than 1,000 of these chips have been distributed to children, parents and government officials in public events and the activities have contributed towards the authors’ research group receiving the 2017 South East England Physics Network Highly Commended Award for Best Research Group. This paper also discusses the impact of these activities and lessons learned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10741, Optics Education and Outreach V, 107410D (14 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2319391
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew T. Posner, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Paolo L. Mennea, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Paul C. Gow, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Rex H. S. Bannerman, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Sam Berry, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Devin H. Smith, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
James C. Gates, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Peter G. R. Smith, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10741:
Optics Education and Outreach V
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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