Quantum prize

  • September 26, 2012
Quantum prize

Gates Cambridge alumnus Peter Brereton has been awarded a prestigious National Research Council Research Associateship at the US Navy Research Laboratory in Washington DC.

A Gates Cambridge alumnus has been awarded a prestigious National Research Council Research Associateship at the US Navy Research Laboratory in Washington DC.
The Award for Peter Brereton [2001] is for a postdoctoral fellowship for up to three years.  He will be working in the Electronic Materials Branch researching fundamental quantum optical processes in semiconductor nanostructures.
The NRC Fellowship allows early career scientists and engineers to work on breakthrough research focused on solving the biggest challenges facing science and technology in the US. 
Peter, who did a PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge, says: “I will be able to work with a world-renowned group in the design, growth and
optical control of semiconductor optoelectronic nano-scale devices.  We will be working on using extremely short laser pulses to control the electronic states of single quantum systems in infrastructures that are promising candidates for solid state quantum computers.”
His research at Cambridge focused on the impurity sites that occur in semiconductor quantum dots. He says that if scientists can learn how to control these they will be able to build scaleable quantum computers which will be many times faster than any current computer.

Picture credit: Creative Commons and Giorgio Brida.

Latest News

Provost wins top Royal Society award

Gates Cambridge Provost Professor Barry Everitt has been selected for the Royal Society’s premier award in the biological sciences. Professor Barry Everitt FMedSci FRS has been awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2021 for his research on the application of his findings on brain mechanisms of motivation to important societal issues, such as drug addiction. […]

Addressing energy injustice in the Global South

A new framework which uses artificial intelligence to analyse textual data on energy use and behaviour could help policymakers develop a deeper understanding of energy injustices in the Global South. The study, Grounded reality meets machine learning: A deep-narrative analysis framework for energy policy research, was led by Gates Cambridge Scholar Ramit Debnath [2018] and is published in the journal Energy Research […]

Scholar wins top German prize for PhD thesis

A Gates Cambridge Scholar has won a prestigious international award for her PhD dissertation on the relationship between offshore finance and state power. Dr Andrea Binder was named winner of the Körber Foundation’s German Dissertation Award 2020 for social sciences. The prize, one of the most highly endowed for young researchers from Germany, honours excellent PhD research which […]

Developing a farm for impact model

Shadrack Frimpong has not yet started his PhD, but already his and his team’s work has earned him awards from the Queen, the Clinton Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Foundation. The awards are for their outstanding work in creating a potential new development model for rural crop-growing communities starting from Shadrack’s own village in Ghana. […]