Quantum Polaritonics

An international research partnership of state-of-the-art experimental laboratories and theoretical groups between the University of Cambridge, Skoltech, and the University of Southampton.

Our team consists of a tripartite international research partnership of state-of-the-art experimental laboratories and theoretical groups between the University of Cambridge, Skoltech, and the University of Southampton.

Principal investigators

Prof Pavlos Lagoudakis is Director of Research at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton and the Hybrid Photonics Laboratories at the University of Southampton and Skoltech. His research spans the fields of photonics, strong light-matter coupling, semiconductor and condensed matter physics. Link to CV, twitter.

Natalia Berloff is Professor at the Centre for Photonics and Quantum Materials at Skoltech, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Jesus College. Her research interests are in quantum hydrodynamics, understanding and exploiting coherence in non-equilibrium quantum systems: Bose Condensation of excitons and polaritons, magnons, atomic gases, and superfluid helium.

Simone De Liberato, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, is a theoretical physicist and an entrepreneur. He leads the Quantum Theory and Technology group, investigating solid-state cavity quantum electrodynamics for both fundamental and technological applications.

Sakellaris Mailis is an Assistant Professor at at the Centre for Photonics and Quantum Materials at Skoltech. His line of research focuses on using UV lasers to write waveguide circuits on semiconductor microcavities, with an aim towards polaritons fluids on a chip.

Senior scientists

Dr Mael Brossard is the Deputy Director for Operations at the Hybrid Photonics Laboratories at Skoltech. He completed his PhD in the field of Hybrid Photonics at the University of Southampton and in 2015 he moved to Skoltech, where he assumed the responsibility of managing the infrastructure and build-up of the Hybrid Photonics Laboratories. He contributes to the research of hybrid LED and PVs through co-supervision of interns, master and PhD students.

Dr Denis Sanikov is Deputy Director for Engineering at Skoltech. He is currently working on polariton lattices in organic microcavities towards room temperature polariton simulators in collaboration with IBM and the University of Sheffield.

Sergey Alyatkin is Deputy Head for Advanced Spectroscopy at Skoltech. He joined the polaritonics team to investigate the Kibble-Zurek mechanism in extended polariton lattices at Skoltech.

Dr Anton Zasedatelev is investigating the potential of polariton amplifiers at ambient conditions as ultrafast optical modulators in collaboration with IBM at Skoltech.

Dr Helgi Sigurdsson is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. He is investigating problems of complexity and scalability utilizing polariton graphs.

Junior scientists

Lucy Pickup completed her PhD on spinor bistability, Bloch bands and topological defect sites in polariton lattices at the University of Southampton. Since 2020, she's a junior scientist at Southampton.

Tamsin Cookson completed her PhD on polariton condensation in novel organic materials and polariton graphs for polariton simulators at the University of Southampton. Since 2021, she's a junior scientist at Skoltech.

Dr. Dmitriy Dovzhenko is a Research Fellow at the Hybrid Photonics Laboratory at the University of Southampton. He is currently working on strong light-matter coupling in a tuneable open microcavity system.

PhD students

Stepan Baryshev is pursuing a PhD on inorganics polaritonics at Skoltech under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis, where he works on correlation measurements of polariton condensates.

Alexander Averchenko is pursuing a PhD on direct laser-synthesis of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) at Skoltech under the supervision of Prof. Mailis.

Stella Harrison is pursuing her PhD at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis, developing machine learning algorithms for optimising and automising the generation of polariton graphs.

Julian Toepfer did his Diploma on developing new methods for controlling the interactions between polariton condensates and investigating the formation of giant vortices at the University of Southampton and at Skoltech. He is currently pursuing a PhD following his master thesis in Southampton, under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis

Kirill Sitnik completed his research internship on developing and characterising a setup for time-resolved photoluminescence excitation and is currently pursuing his PhD on organic polaritonics at Skoltech, under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis.

Ivan Gnusov is pursuing his PhD at Skoltech on the investigation of inorganic spinor polariton condensate properties, under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis.

Igor Salimon is pursuing his PhD on laser processing and synthesis of optoelectronic materials at Skoltech, under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis.

Wang Yuan is a PhD student at Southampton working on the simulation of the quantum system on graphics processing units, under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis.

Kirill Kalinin is pursuing his PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Berloff, specializing in modelling of various aspects of polariton condensates including spin degree of freedom, dynamics, interactions between condensates, fundamentals of polariton graph optimizers.

Master students

Pavel Kokhanchik received a bachelor's degree from Moscow State University, now he is a master student at Skoltech. He is engaged in research in the field of organic polaritonics, as well as numerical simulations of various microcavities systems, under the supervision of Prof. Lagoudakis.​

Ekaterina Nguyen is a master student at Skoltech. Under the guidance of Prof Pavlos Lagoudakis, she studies the dynamics of room-temperature polariton condensates driven by long-duration pump pulses

Ekaterina Zharkova is a master student at Skoltech. She will work on laser synthesis of 2D transition metals, under the supervision of Prof. Mailis.

After doing his bachelors the University of Southampton, Alessandro Genuardi joined Skoltech as a Masters student. He is currently investigating the exotic properties of a lattice of spinor exciton-polariton condensates, under the supervision of Prof. Pavlos Lagoudakis and Dr. Helgi Sigurdsson.

Denis Aristov is a first-year master student in Skoltech. He is involved in study of polariton condensate interaction with pump-induced barriers, under the supervision of Dr. Sigurdsoon and Prof. Lagoudakis.

Mikhail Misko got his bachelor degree at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and is now pursuing his master degree in the field of polariton dynamics in organic microcavities at Skoltech, under the supervision of Dr. Zasedatelev and Prof. Lagoudakis.

Jatin Kumar is a 1st year Masters student at Skoltech. He has done under-graduation from National Institute of Technology Patna, India. He will work on fabrications and modelling of 2-D materials, under the supervision of Prof. Mailis.

Administration

Nicky Brooks is administrative assistant to Prof Lagoudakis at Southampton University.

Elena Padalitsa is a CREI assistant at Skoltech, in charge of administrative support of the Hybrid Photonics Labs.

Alumni

Dr Giorgio Baldassarri is a former postdoctoral researcher at Southampton (2007). He went on to follow a successful career in finance, and is now Global Head of the Analytic Development Group (ADG) at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Dr Yosef Akhtman is a former postdoctoral researcher at Southampton (2007-2009). After some time as a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL, he went on to found and lead several satellite imaging related startups. He is currently Chief Scientist of Altyn.

Dr Peter Eldridge is a a PhD graduate from Southampton (2009). He is now Lead Data Scientist at SparkBeyond.

Dr Alastair Grundy is a former postdoctoral researcher at Southampton (2008-2010). He went on to hold various engineering positions at Sharp UK until becoming Chief Operating Officer of Sharp Life Science. He is currently Head Of Business Development of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Dr Stefan Rohrmoser is a former PhD at Southampton, who graduated his thesis in 2010. He followed his PhD with a carreer in the optoelectronics industry, with engineering and managing position at Sharp, Osram and Eaton. He is currently Managing Director of Sales at Eaton Germany.

Dr Maria Maragkou is a former PhD at Southampton, who graduated her thesis in 2010. After obtaining several postdoctoral fellowships in Quantum Optics in Spain and France, she joined the Nature group as an associate editor until her promotion to senior editor. She's now Senior Business Development Manager at the quantum computing company Riverlane.

Dr Dave English is a former PhD at Southampton, who graduated his thesis in 2011. He is now Co-Founder and CTO of Raptor Digital Marketing Tools.


Dr Caryll Richards is a former postdoctoral researcher at Southampton (2009-2011). She later on became a lecturer at Aberystwyth University, then decided to change her carreer and enrolled as a medical student at Y Gymdeithas Feddygol. She's now an Academic Clinical Fellow and Specialty Registrar Radiology at East Midlands, UK.

Dr Chunyong Li was a postdoctoral researcher in Southampton from 2007 to 2012. He followed his time at Southampton with a postdoctoral researcher position at Heriot-Watt University, then went on the become Laser Science Experimental Officer at Durham University.


Dr Elena Kamman completed her PhD on the dynamics of spinor condensates in microcavities in Southampton in 2012. She went on to hold managing and engineering positions at Attocube and at MTG Telescope Optics and is currently working for Airbus Defense and Space.

Dr Peristera Andreakou is a former PhD at Southampton, who graduated her thesis on hybrid nanomaterials in 2013. She followed her PhD with postdoctoral positions at UC San Diego (USA), University of Montpellier and UPMC (France). She is now a Senior Research & Development Engineer at TRUMPF Laser UK Ltd.

Dr Junis Rindermann is a former PhD at Southampton, who graduated his thesis on Resonance Energy Transfer for Hybrid Optoelectronics in 2013. He is now a Senior Manager at Strategy&, part of the PwC network.

Dr Hamid Ohadi is a former postdoctoral researcher at Southampton (2011 to 2013). He is now a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, where he leads a the Quantum Fluids of Light Lab, which currently looks at strong light-matter interaction and exploiting it for new quantum technologies.

Dr. Niccolo Somaschi completed his PhD on engineering nonlinearities in organic and hybrid microcavities in Southampton in 2014. He followed his thesis with a postdoctoral position with Pascale Sellenart at the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Saclay near Paris. He's a co-founder of Quandela, a start-up offering high brighness single photon sources integrated into custom cryosystems.

Giuseppe Buscemi is a former PhD candidate at Southampton (2011-2015), were he studied hybrid optoelectronics devices using TCSPC and FLIM techniques. He is now Chief Technology Officer at PRP Optoelectronics, a mid-size British firm developing LED based technology for various sectors of industry.

Dr. Pasquale Cilibrizzi completed his PhD on the study of fluidics, linear and nonlinear phenomena in polariton microcavities in 2015 in Southampton, where he stayed until 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at Heriot-Watt university in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dr Matteo Silva completed his PhD in 2017 on the experimental realisation of polariton simulators and currently investigates frustration in extended polariton lattices; here enjoying a glass of prosecco for defending his thesis in record time (less than 3 years). He is now working as a systems engineer for Huawei.

Dr Alexis Askitopoulos completed his PhD on the dynamics of spinor polariton condensates at the University of Southampton and went on to a senior researcher position at Skoltech (2018-2020), following up on the same research topics.

Anton Baranikov is a former PhD student at Skoltech, where he worked on organic polariton condensates in collaboration with IBM. After his graduation in 2018, he went on to become an Optical technologies specialist at A*STAR in Singapore.

Timur Ermatov is a former PhD student and research intern at Skoltech (2016-2018), where he assisted in the development and maintenance of the simulator's components at Skoltech. He's currently doing a PhD at Skoltech under the supervision of Prof. Gorin.

Dr Dmitry Mikulik is a former researcher at Skoltech (2018-2019), where he investigated the optical properties of novel organic/inorganic semiconductors in search for new materials for room temperature. He is currently a Senior Engineer at Micron Technology in Singapore.

Vladislava Bulgakova is a former research intern at Skoltech (2018-2019), where she worked on developing a fully automated time-resolved photo-luminescence emission (PLE) setup. She's currently doing a PhD at the Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr Giannis Chatzopoulos is a former research scientist at the University of Southampton (2019-2020), where he developed techniques for phase retrieval utilising polariton lattices at the University of Southampton. He is currently Higher Research Scientist in the Dimensional Metrology group at the National Physical Laboratory (UK).