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Taking large optical quantum states out of the lab: engaging pupils and the public on quantum photonics sciences

Taking large optical quantum states out of the lab: engaging pupils and the public on quantum photonics sciences
Taking large optical quantum states out of the lab: engaging pupils and the public on quantum photonics sciences

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.

Integrated quantum photonics, Optical engineering, Photonics outreach, Public engagement with Research
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Posner, Matthew T., Mennea, Paolo L., Gow, Paul C., Bannerman, Rex H.S., Berry, Sam, Smith, Devin H., Gates, James C. and Smith, Peter G.R. (2018) Taking large optical quantum states out of the lab: engaging pupils and the public on quantum photonics sciences. In Optics Education and Outreach V. vol. 10741, SPIE. pp. 1-6 . (doi:10.1117/12.2319391).

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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.

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Published date: 14 September 2018
Venue - Dates: Optics Education and Outreach V 2018, San Diego, United States, 2018-08-22
Keywords: Integrated quantum photonics, Optical engineering, Photonics outreach, Public engagement with Research

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Local EPrints ID: 426527
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426527
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ORCID for Paul C. Gow: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3247-9082
ORCID for Sam Berry: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9538-8655
ORCID for James C. Gates: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8671-5987
ORCID for Peter G.R. Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0319-718X

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Date deposited: 30 Nov 2018 17:30
Last modified: 02 Nov 2019 01:38

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