This course introduces aspects of both signal and image processing with a greater emphasis on image coding, processing and compression.

The course will provide an introduction to Quantum Technologies with a focus on experimental techniques and platforms. The course will start with an overview of experimental techniques in Quantum Technology, aimed to give a conceptual understanding of the key areas: Quantum Measurement and Sensing, Quantum Computation and Quantum Simulation, and Quantum Communications and Networks. In the field of Quantum Computing, we will cover ion traps and the underlying physics, as well as superconducting qubits and platforms. For the latter, we will present various types of quantum circuits, control and readout techniques, nanofabrication and electronic hardware, and highlight current development towards realization of quantum advantage in computing. In Quantum Communications and Networks, we will provide an overview of state-of-the-art protocols, photonic platforms, and experimental techniques, including photon sources, detectors, quantum memories and more. As an example for Quantum Simulation platforms, we will cover ultracold atoms in optical lattices and Rydberg arrays. We will also provide an introduction to Quantum Sensing and Metrology, by explaining the workings of atomic clocks, magnetometers and interferometers.


Lecturer: Andrea Di Falco, Wiliam Whelan-Curtin

Institution: St Andrews

Hours Equivalent Credit: 27

Assessment: Tutorials and Exam

Video conferences :

Video conference shared with all SUPA video classrooms where there are students enrolled.

Course Summary

Nanophotonics deals with structured materials on the nanoscale  for the manipulation of light. Photonic crystals and plasmonic  metamaterials are hot topics in contemporary photonics. The properties of these materials can be designed to a significant extent via their structure. Many of the properties of these nanostructured materials can be understood from their dispersion diagram or optical bandstructure, which is a core tool that will be explored in the module. Familiar concepts such as optical waveguides and cavities, multilayer mirrors and interference effects will be used to explain more complex features such as slow light propagation and high Q cavaties in photonic crystal waveguides, Propagating and localised plasmons will be explained and will include the novel effects of super-lensing and advanced phase control in metamaterials 

Lecturer: Paul Griffin, Jonathan Prichard

Institution: Strathclyde

Hours Equivalent Credit: 20

Assessment: Continuous Assessment

Course Summary

The course will provide graduate-level training focused on providing the core knowledge needed for early career researchers and is designed to complement material covered in other courses such as SUPASTA.  There is an emphasis on self-teaching, with the guidance  of having clearly identified relevant reference materials to use as a starting point, and on learning basic coding skills for practical computing in the lab.  The course will cover Atomic Structure, Atoms in Magnetic Field, Atom-Light Interactions, Interactions in Hot Atomic Media, Optical Dipole Trapping, Laser Cooling, Atomic Metrology, Data Analysis, and Experimental Electronics.

The code for this course SUPAEAQ was sometimes listed as SUPAEAQU


Lecturer: Graham Turnbull

Institution: St Andrews

Hours Equivalent Credit: 13

Assessment: Continuous Assessment

This course is biennial and will not offered in 2020/21 but is expected to run in 2021/22.  

Course Summary

This module is delivered in a self-directed distance learning format, through the my.SUPA course pages - there are no face-to-face lectures. This module describes the materials science and device physics that underpins modern display technologies.  The syllabus includes an overview of types of displays and characterisation of display properties. The module then focuses on two contemporary display technologies: liquid crystal displays and organic semiconductor (OLED) displays.