About QOT

Project titled “Quantum Optical Technologies”  is carried out within the International Research Agendas programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.


The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies (QOT) explores quantum phenomena, such as superpositions and entanglement, in optical and optically controlled system, with the long-term prospects of their practical utilisation. In the long-term, the outcomes of this research are expected to be used in practice and translated, for example, into more sensitive sensors or safer communication methods. The Centre has been established by the University of Warsaw in partnership with the University of Oxford under the International Research Agenda Programme operated by the Foundation for Polish Science. It 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 five 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.
  • Quantum Optical Devices (QOD Lab), led by Dr Michał Parniak.

Financial support: 34 999 430,00 PLN

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