"There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful"
R.W.Emerson, Poet

Neural Networks can identify people hidden behind a wall - click on image to see our new paper.

Our research investigates light at its extremes. This might be very intense light or light at its weakest, at the single photon level. By combining these two extremes it is possible to use intense light to warp the spacetime structure perceived by photons. An exciting application is the study of black-hole physics and quantum electrodynamics in curved space-time geometries. See our video on artificial black holes.
Our other main area of research is imaging with ultra-precise timing that allows us to freeze light in motion with remarkable applications: see our TEDx video and also our new video explaining how we can see behind walls .

The extreme light group is part of the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Our research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Leverhulme Trust, The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), and is part of the UK Quantum Imaging Hub, QuantIC.

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