Professor Robert Young FHEA


Research Overview

My primary focus throughout my research has been on the nascent field of Quantum Information Processing. Currently quantum cryptography, the exploitation of the laws of quantum mechanics to guarantee secure communication, is the only commercial QIP application to exploit individual quanta. In this regard QIP is little more developed than digital communication was following the invention of Morse code. I think that QIP will change the role of information in our lives, in much the same way that digital information has.

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Selected Publications

Using quantum confinement to uniquely identify devices
Roberts, J., Bagci, I.E., Zawawi, M.A.M., Sexton, J., Hulbert, N., Noori, Y., Young, M., Woodhead, C., Missous, M., Migliorato, M.A., Roedig, U., Young, R.J. 10/11/2015 In: Scientific Reports. 5, 8 p.
Journal article

Quantum information to the home
Choi, I., Young, R., Townsend, P. 06/2011 In: New Journal of Physics. 13, 6, 13 p.
Journal article

Bell-Inequality Violation with a Triggered Photon-Pair Source
Young, R.J., Stevenson, R.M., Hudson, A.J., Nicoll, C.A., Ritchie, D.A., Shields, A.J. 23/01/2009 In: Physical review letters. 102, 3, p. -. 4 p.
Journal article

A semiconductor source of triggered entangled photon pairs
Stevenson, R.M., Young, R.J., Atkinson, P., Cooper, K., Ritchie, D.A., Shields, A.J. 12/01/2006 In: Nature. 439, 7073, p. 179-182. 4 p.
Journal article

Photoluminescence studies of individual and few GaSb/GaAs quantum rings
Young, M.P., Woodhead, C.S., Roberts, J., Noori, Y.J., Noble, M.T., Krier, A., Smakman, E.P., Koenraad, P.M., Hayne, M., Young, R.J. 1/11/2014 In: AIP Advances. 4, 11, 6 p.
Journal article

Machine learning and certification with quantum identities (Ella Mann-Andrews)
01/10/2023 → 30/09/2027

QID: Quantum identities
01/10/2023 → 30/09/2024

IAA: Micro-molecular Q-ID
01/07/2022 → 31/03/2024

Developing a sensor which measures urine flow, volume and voiding patterns to diagnose pathologies of the urinary system
01/01/2022 → 31/12/2022

STFC IAA: Impact Acceleration Account 2021
01/04/2021 → 31/03/2022

IAA: Q-ID® Optical tag reader
01/01/2021 → 31/03/2022

Royal Society University Research Fellowship COVID Extension
01/11/2020 → 31/03/2021

IAA: Q-ID for COVID Passports [Ind code]
30/09/2020 → 30/11/2021

Atomic Layer Deposition for Lancaster Quantum Technology Centre Cleanroom
29/11/2019 → 28/05/2021

Split Quantum Physical Unclonable Functions
15/08/2019 → 14/11/2022

Pozibot: Quantum-secured remote monitoring and data logging technology that enables a dynamic insured warranty for battery packs
01/03/2019 → 31/05/2021

Cost-efficient and radiation-tolerant pixel detectors for ionising radiation based on thin-film technology
01/11/2018 → 31/10/2019

CASE: Nextgeneration physical security devices exploiting 2D materials
01/10/2017 → 30/09/2021

Royal Society University Research Fellowship
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2021

EPSRC Internship
01/10/2016 → 31/12/2016

Newton RCUK-CONACYT Cost-efficient and radiation-tolerant pixel detectors for ionising radiation based on thin-film technology
14/08/2016 → 31/12/2019

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (GrapheneNOWNANO
01/04/2014 → 30/09/2022

RCUK-SUP: Inspiring the Next Generation of Researchers
01/01/2013 → 31/12/2016

GaSb quantum dots for a room temperature light-matter interface
01/10/2012 → 30/08/2017

  • Cyber Security Research Centre (Physics)
  • Quantum Nanotechnology
  • Quantum Technology Centre
  • Security Lancaster (Academic Centre of Excellence)
  • Security Lancaster (Systems Security)