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Robert Hadfield, Professor of Photonics at the University of Glasgow, and QuantIC Co-investigator, has been named as the recipient of the Institute of Physics’ James Joule Medal for distinguished contributions to Applied Physics. The award, named in honour of the English physicist and mathematician, has been presented since 2008 to researchers who have made significant advances in applied physics.
Professor Hadfield is a leading expert in detection of single photons – individual quanta of light – using advanced superconducting detectors. The ability to detect single photons at infrared wavelengths underpins a host of emerging imaging and sensing applications in the quantum technology arena, from secure communications to laser cancer treatment and lies at the heart of QuantIC’s mission of ‘making the invisible visible’.
Working with STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Robert delivered a major demonstrator for QuantIC: a miniaturized 4 Kelvin cooler with integrated superconducting single-photon detectors and is now using the state-of-the art facilities of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the University of Glasgow to scale up these devices from single pixels to photon counting cameras. On receiving the award, he said, “I’m delighted to receive the James Joule Medal from the Institute of Physics. Joule’s contributions to science were hugely important, so it’s a huge honour to be associated with him through this award.”
Professor Hadfield will receive the award in person at the Institute’s Annual Awards Dinner later this year.