About QOT

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies (QOT) aims to explore quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term prospects of their practical utilisation. The Centre has been established in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science and is hosted by the Centre of New Technologies, an interdisciplinary scientific unit of the University of Warsaw focused on research and technology development. The director of QOT is Prof Konrad Banaszek.

QOT currently consists of four laboratories focussing on:

  • Quantum Technologies (QT Lab), led by Prof Konrad Banaszek.
  • Quantum Memories (QM Lab), led by Dr Wojciech Wasilewski.
  • Quantum Information and Inference (QI² Lab), led by Dr Jan Kołodyński.
  • Quantum Resources and Information (QR+I Lab), led by Dr Alexander Streltsov.


The International Scientific Board consisting of world-renowned researchers oversees the development of the QOT centre, and is responsible for the employment of new group leaders.

Members of the International Scientific Board:
Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow – University of Warsaw, Poland
Artur K. Ekert – University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Susana Gema Fernández-Huelga – Universität Ulm, Germany
Peter L. Knight – Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Gerd Leuchs – Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany
Paolo Mataloni – Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Eugene Polzik – Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Christine Silberhorn – Universität Paderborn, Germany
Krishna Thyagarajan – Bennett University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nikolay V. Vitanov – St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Ian A. Walmsley – University of Oxford, United Kingdom