Professor Pieter Kok

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Deputy Head of Department

Professor of Theoretical Physics

Professor Pieter Kok
+44 114 22 23538

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Professor Pieter Kok
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Hicks Building
Hounsfield Road
S3 7RH

My research is in theoretical optical quantum information processing. I am interested in physical architectures and applications for optical quantum devices: How can we use quantum light for practical quantum communication, metrology, imaging, and computing.

Departmental administration

  • Deputy Head of Department from September 2022
  • Head of First Year Physics (2012-present)
  • Member of Teaching Committee and Research Committee
  • Physics degree, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (1991-1997)
  • Physics PhD, University of Wales, Bangor (1998-2001)

Academic career

  • NRC Research Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA (2001-2003)
  • Research Fellow, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Bristol (2003-2005)
  • Research Fellow, University of Oxford (2005-2007)
  • Lecturer, University of Sheffield (2007-present)
Research interests

Any practical distributed, long-distance quantum technology—such as the quantum Internet—will most likely involve light as a quantum information carrier. It is therefore important to understand the capabilities and limitations of photons as quantum bits.

Broadly speaking, my research falls into three categories:

  • linear optical quantum computing
  • hybrid quantum computing with light and matter qubits
  • quantum metrology

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Journal articles

All publications


  • Kok P (2018) A First Introduction to Quantum Physics. Springer International Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kok P & Lovett BW (2010) Introduction to Optical Quantum Information Processing.. Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Large Baseline Quantum-Enhanced Imaging Networks, EPSRC £441k (2021-2024, PI)
  • Quantum and Many Body Physics Enabled by Advanced Semiconductor Nanotechnology, EPSRC £7.7M (2021-2026, Co-I)
  • Quantum communications Hub, EPSRC £400k (2019-2024, PI)
  • Semiconductor Quantum Photonics, EPSRC £5.6M (2016-2021, CoI)
  • Quantum Communication, EPSRC QT Hub, £500K (2015-2019, PI)
  • Semiconductor Integrated Quantum Optical Circuits , EPSRC £5M (20012-2017, Co-I)
Teaching activities

Undergraduate taught modules (current)

  • PHY381 Advanced Electrodynamics
  • PHY472 Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Undergraduate projects

  • PHY391 Quantum Information Labs (with Luke Wilson)
  • PHY340/341 Physics Project
  • PHY480 Research project
Professional activities
  • Deputy Head of Department (Sep 2022-present)
  • Associate Editor for the AIP journal AVS Quantum Science, (2019–present)
  • Chair EPSRC Prioritisation Panel for Quantum Technologies (January 2022)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Physical Review A
  • External examiner for Physics at Loughborough University (2014-present)

Public engagement