Engineering Context

Photonics has been recognised as a key priority in Europe with an industry capitalisation of some 60 billion euros, comprising some 5000 companies, and some 1000-2000 research labs and groups distributed across 500 universities, collectively employing 290,000 people. Within this landscape, quantum photonics and quantum information technologies have been a fast-moving feature for the past 10-15 years, with European groups consistently at the forefront of global research efforts. Much of the pioneering work, in both theory and experiment, has been performed in Europe, and a clear roadmap has been developed for future developments (

The WASPS project is aimed specifically at developing single photon source technology that will operate effectively in non-laboratory environments and will provide the specifications needed for commercially useful quantum information technologies. Targeted device parameters include:

  • A single photon source with an emission rate > 1 GHz
  • A source of indistinguishable photons operating at ambient temperatures
  • An efficient interface between light photons and electronic spins

The consortium welcomes communication from private and public agencies interested in engaging with the project or finding out more about its objectives. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the programme, please contact us at