The NCCR Quantum Photonics is coming to an end !

The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Quantum Photonics was a Swiss network of scientists working various aspects of quantum photonics. The project finished at the end of June 2013 and existed for 12 years.

NCCR-QP was one of the first NCCR funding that was allocated by the Swiss National Foundation. It rang successfully for 3 phases of 4 years.

National Centres of Competence in Research promote long-term research projects in areas of vital strategic importance for the development of science in Switzerland, for the economy of the country, and for Swiss society. Each Centre of Competence is under the directorship of a university or another recognised research institution which allows research groups based at the home institution to network with other teams working throughout Switzerland.

The NCCRs are mainly financed through federal funds budgeted by parliament. This is complemented by funds from the universities themselves and third-party funds. Launched in 2001, the programme presently includes 27 NCCR financed for a maximum of 3 phases of 4 years each.


 The projects of the last phase were:


1. “Quantum coherence in semiconductor nanostructures
2. “Quantum coherence in polaritonic nanodevices
3. “Quantum communication
4. “Single photon detectors
5. “Coupling quantum dot spins to nano-cavities” 
6. “Cavity Quantum Optomechanics (cQOM)
7. “Photonic crystals devices
8. “Nitride based light emitters
9. “Quantum cascade interlevel sources
10. “Ultrafast sources from near infrared to X-rays