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SPIE, University of Glasgow Announce $1M Quantum Photonics Program

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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the University of Glasgow have announced the establishment of the SPIE Early Career Researcher Accelerator Fund in Quantum Photonics. The fund will create two new programs at the university supporting graduate students working in the field of quantum photonics: an annual SPIE Early Career Researcher in Quantum Photonics Scholarship, and the SPIE Global Early Career Research Program. The university will be fully matching a $500,000 gift from the SPIE Endowment Matching Program to start the quantum photonics program.

“We are delighted to be participating in these exciting endeavors with the University of Glasgow,” SPIE President John Greivenkamp said. “The interactive placements will offer transformative opportunities [for] the university’s academic and industry-based researchers, and, together with the annual scholarship, will develop well-prepared, knowledgeable, early-career researchers who will drive the future of quantum photonics.”

The SPIE Early Career Researcher in Quantum Photonics Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding University of Glasgow research student completing their studies. The SPIE Global Early Career Research Program will support both outgoing and incoming placements at and from the university as part of its ongoing collaborations with leading research groups around the world. Additionally, the program will pair several early-career researchers from the university with counterparts from outside laboratories each year to work on six-month shared projects.

“We are pleased and proud to be establishing the Early Career Researcher Accelerator Fund in Quantum Photonics thanks to SPIE’s generous gift, which we’re very happy to match with our own funding,” said professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice chancellor of the University of Glasgow. “The university’s quantum photonics expertise is world leading, and our researchers have found ways to see through walls, capture images at [1] trillion frames per second, and take the very first pictures of quantum entanglement in action. This additional funding will help the university train a new generation of graduate students to make valuable contributions to academia and industry and inspire them to make their own amazing research breakthroughs.”

Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies Professor Daniele Faccio and Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy Professor Miles Padgett will manage the program.

SPIE established its SPIE Endowment Matching Program in 2019 as a $2.5 million, five-year, educational-funding initiative to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics. SPIE supports optics and photonics education and the future of the industry by contributing a match of up to $500,000 per award to college and university programs with optics and photonics degrees, or with other disciplines allied to the SPIE mission.

The initial SPIE contribution to the University of Arizona named a new endowed faculty chair, the SPIE Chair in Optical Sciences. Four more agreements announced earlier this year established the SPIE-Glebov Family Optics and Photonics Graduate Scholarship Fund and the Soileau Family-SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, both at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL); the Baur-SPIE Endowed Chair in Optics and Photonics at JILA; and the SPIE@ICFO Chair for Diversity in Photonic Sciences.


Photonics Spectra
Oct 2020
Smallest amount into which the energy of a wave can be divided. The quantum is proportional to the frequency of the wave. See photon.
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