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Robert Hadfield, Professor of Photonics at the University of Glasgow and QuantIC scientist, has been elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). The OSA, established a century ago, is the oldest international society for optics, promoting education, research and industry applications in optics. Professor Hadfield joins a distinguished group of members who have served the optics and photonics community with distinction. The OSA Board of Directors have recognised Professor Hadfield for ‘pioneering contributions in the development of superconducting single-photon detectors and advanced photon counting applications’.
Professor Hadfield 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 at the University of Glasgow, Professor Hadfield leads the Quantum Sensors Group and the Division of Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering. His current work is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, the European Research Council and QuantIC.