The University of Southampton

Paolo Mennea 

Paolo is a postdoctoral researcher in the Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics group. He graduated from the University of Southampton in 2011 with a first-class MEng degree in Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence and continued at Southampton to complete a PhD in Optoelectronics, defending his thesis "UV-Written Waveguide Circuits for Integrated Quantum Optics" in 2018.

Research

Research interests

Paolo predominantly works on UV written planar waveguide circuits and devices for quantum technologies and fundamental quantum science, including work on integrated single-photon detectors and compact narrow-linewidth grating-stabilized lasers.

Publications

Sima, Chaotan, Gates, J.C., Rogers, Helen, Mennea, Paolo, Holmes, C., Zervas, M.N. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) Phase controlled integrated interferometric single-sideband filter based on planar Bragg gratings implementing photonic Hilbert transform. Optics Letters, 38 (5), 727-729. (doi:10.1364/OL.38.000727).

Sima, C., Gates, J.C., Rogers, H., Mennea, P., Holmes, C., Zervas, M.N. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) Ultra-wide detuning planar Bragg grating fabrication technique based on direct UV grating writing with electro-optic phase modulation. Optics Express, 21 (13), 15747-15754. (doi:10.1364/OE.21.015747).

Calkins, Brice, Mennea, Paolo, Lita, Adriana E., Metcalf, Benjamin J., Kolthammer, W.Steven, Lamas-Linares, Antia, Spring, Justin B., Humphreys, Peter C., Mirin, Richard P., Gates, James C., Smith, Peter G.R., Walmsley, Ian A., Gerrits, Thomas and Nam, Sae Woo (2013) High quantum-efficiency photon-number-resolving detector for photonic on-chip information processing. Optics Express, 21 (19), 22657-22670. (doi:10.1364/OE.21.022657).

Sima, C., Gates, J.C., Holmes, C., Mennea, P.L., Zervas, M.N. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) Terahertz bandwidth photonic Hilbert transformers based on synthesized planar Bragg grating fabrication. Optics Letters, 38 (17), 3448-3451. (doi:10.1364/OL.38.003448).

Holmes, C., Sima, C., Mennea, P.L., Carpenter, Lewis, Gates, J.C. and Smith, P.G.R. (2014) Fabricating fiber Bragg gratings using phase modulated direct UV writing. SPIE Photonics West 2014, San Francisco, United States. 01 - 06 Feb 2014. (doi:10.1117/12.2040578).

Cooper, P.A., Carpenter, L.G., Mennea, P., Holmes, C., Gates, J.C. and Smith, P.G.R. (2014) Optomechanical cantilever device for displacement sensing and variable attenuator. Photonics West 2014, San Francisco, United States. 01 - 06 Feb 2014. (doi:10.1117/12.2039806).

Cooper, P., Holmes, C., Carpenter, Lewis, Sima, C., Mennea, Paolo, Gates, J.C. and Smith, P. (2013) Silica microbeams for tunable Bragg gratings. CLEO-Europe/IQEC 2013, Munich, Germany. 12 - 16 May 2013.

Gates, J.C., Lynch, S., Holmes, C., Sima, C. and Mennea, Paolo (2013) Integrated planar Bragg grating stabilized diode lasers. CLEO-Europe/IQEC 2013, Munich, Germany. 12 - 16 May 2013.

Holmes, C., Rogers, Helen, Daly, Keith, Carpenter, Lewis, Sima, C., Mennea, Paolo, Gates, J.C., D'Alessandro, G. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) Tilted planar Bragg grating refractometers. CLEO-Europe/IQEC 2013, Munich, Germany. 12 - 16 May 2013.

Smith, Peter G.R., Gates, J.C., Holmes, C., Carpenter, L.G., Kundys, D.O., Mennea, P.L. and Posner, M.T. (2014) Integrated optical circuits for quantum information processing. ICOL: International Conference on Optics & Optoelectronics, Dehradun, India. 05 - 08 Mar 2014.

Smith, P.G.R., Gates, J.C., Holmes, C., Carpenter, L.G., Kundys, D.O., Mennea, P.L. and Posner, M.T. (2014) At the cross-roads of effective quantum information processing with integrated optical gates. Photonics North, Canada. 24 - 30 May 2014.

Mennea, Paolo, Calkins, B., Metcalf, B.J., Gerrits, T., Lita, A.E., Gates, J.C., Kolthammer, W.S., Spring, J.B., Humphreys, P.C., Tomlin, N.A., Fox, A.E., Lamas-Linares, A., Mirin, R.P., Nam, S.W., Walmsley, I.A. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) High-efficiency Bragg grating enhanced on-chip photon-number-resolving detectors. 2013 Conference on Lasers & Electro-Optics Europe & International Quantum Electronics Conference CLEO EUROPE/IQEC, Munich, Germany. 12 - 16 May 2013.

Gates, J.C., Lynch, S.G., Mennea, P., Cooper, P.A., Ambran, S., Rogers, H., Carpenter, L., Sima, C., Wales, D.J., Holmes, C. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) UV written planar Bragg grating sensors - an overview of fabrication geometries and applications. Advanced Photonics 2013, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 14 - 17 Jul 2013.

Calkins, B., Mennea, Paolo, Lita, A., Metcalf, B.J., Kolthammer, W.S., Lamas-Linares, A., Spring, J.B., Humphreys, P., Mirin, R.P., Gates, J.C., Smith, P.G.R., Walmsley, I.A., Thomas, G. and Nam, S.W. (2013) High quantum efficiency photon-number-resolving detector for photonic on-chip information processing. CLEO/QELS 2013, San Jose, United States. 08 - 13 Jun 2013. 2 pp .

Cooper, Peter A., Carpenter, Lewis, Mennea, Paolo, Holmes, Christopher, Gates, James C. and Smith, Peter G.R. (2014) Integrated optical dual-cantilever arrays in silica on silicon. Optics Express, 22 (26), 31801-31813. (doi:10.1364/OE.22.031801).

Smith, P.G.R., Gates, J.C., Holmes, C., Gawith, C.B.E., Carpenter, L.G., Mennea, P.L., Posner, M.T., Cooper, P.A. and Lynch, S.G. (2015) Fabrication of silica-integrated waveguide circuits for quantum-enhanced sensing, quantum information processing, and number-resolving detection. SPIE Photonics West '15, San Francisco, United States. 07 - 12 Feb 2015.

Spring, J.B., Salter, P., Mennea, P., Metcalf, B., Humphreys, P.C., Moore, M., Gates, J.C., Thomas-Peter, N., Barbieri, M., Jin, X., Langford, N.K., Kolthammer, W.S., Smith, P.G.R., Booth, M., Smith, B.J. and Walmsley, I.A. (2014) Quantum Interference of multiple on-chip heralded sources of pure single photons. Quantum Information and Measurement, Germany. 18 - 20 Mar 2014. (doi:10.1364/QIM.2014.QW1B.6).

Sima, C., Gates, J.C., Holmes, C., Rogers, Helen, Mennea, Paolo, Zervas, M.N. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) Phase modulation technique for high modulation wide band planar Bragg grating fabrication. 2013 Conference on Lasers & Electro-Optics Europe & International Quantum Electronics Conference CLEO EUROPE/IQEC, Munich, Germany. 12 - 16 May 2013.

Sima, C., Gates, J.C., Rogers, Helen, Mennea, Paolo, Holmes, C., Zervas, M.N. and Smith, P.G.R. (2013) Phase modulated direct UV grating writing technique for ultrawide spectrum planar Bragg grating fabrication. SPIE Photonics West 2013, San Francisco, United States. 02 - 07 Feb 2013. (doi:10.1117/12.2001834).

Mennea, P.L., Metcalf, B.J., Spring, J.B., Lita, A.E., Calkins, B., Humphreys, P.C., Bartley, T.J., Gerrits, T., Posner, M.T., Gates, J.C., Kolthammer, W.S., Nam, S.W., Walmsley, I.A. and Smith, P.G.R. (2015) UV-written silica waveguide devices for integrated quantum optics. CLEO/Europe, Germany. 21 - 25 Jun 2015.

Posner, M.T., Mennea, P.L., Podoliak, Nina, Horak, P., Gates, J.C. and Smith, P.G.R. (2015) 45° tilted gratings for silica-based integrated polarizers. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Munich, Germany. 21 - 25 Jun 2015.

Carpenter, Lewis, Mennea, Paolo, Rogers, Helen, Holmes, C., Gates, J.C. and Smith, P.G.R. (2012) Integrated corner mirrors as a platform for miniaturized planar strain sensing. European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO), Sitges, Spain. 18 - 24 Apr 2012. 2 pp .

Rogers, Helen, Holmes, C., Mennea, Paolo, Gates, J.C., Smith, P.G.R., Daly, Keith and D'Alessandro, G. (2012) Experimental observation of coupling between physically separated planar waveguides utilising tilted Bragg grating structures. European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO), Spain. 18 - 20 Apr 2012. 2 pp .

Gates, J.C., Mennea, Paolo, Smith, P.G.R., Thomas-Peter, N., Metcalf, B.J., Spring, J.B., Langford, N.K., Walmsley, I.A., Gerrits, T., Lita, A.E., Calkins, B., Tomlin, N.A., Fox, A.E., Lamas-Linares, A., Mirin, R.P. and Nam, S.W. (2012) Integrated optical platform for photon-number resolving telecom-band detectors for photonic information processing. European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO), Spain. 18 - 20 Apr 2012.

Sima, C., Gates, J.C., Rogers, Helen, Mennea, Paolo, Holmes, C., Zervas, M.N. and Smith, P.G.R. (2012) Interferometric integrated planar Bragg filter for all-optical single-sideband suppression. European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO), Spain. 18 - 20 Apr 2012. 2 pp .

Gawith, Corin, Gates, James, Mennea, Paolo, Carpenter, Lewis, Berry, Sam, Holmes, Christopher, Lynch, Stephen, Posner, Matthew, Bannerman, Rex, Turvey, Miranda, Cooper, Peter and Smith, Peter (2016) Fabrication of integrated optical waveguides for use in new quantum technologies. International Conference on Photonics 2016, Sarawak, Malaysia. 14 - 16 Mar 2016. 1 pp . (In Press)

Posner, Matthew, Mennea, Paolo, Podoliak, Nina, Horak, Peter, Gates, James and Smith, Peter G.R. (2016) Integrated polarizing coupler based on tilted gratings. Advanced Photonics 2016 Congress, Vancouver, Canada. 20 Jul 2016. (Submitted) (doi:10.1364/IPRSN.2016.IW3B.3).

Turvey, Miranda T., Mennea, Paolo, Smith, Peter G. and Gates, James C. (2016) Direct UV written waveguides in phosphogermanate planar glass layers fabricated via flame hydrolysis deposition. In Advanced Photonics 2016 (IPR, NOMA, Sensors, Networks, SPPCom, SOF). OSA. 3 pp . (doi:10.1364/IPRSN.2016.ITu3A.3).

Posner, M.T., Bannerman, Rex, Smith, D.H., Mennea, P.L., Gates, J.C. and Smith, P.G.R. (2017) High-birefringence direct-UV-written silica waveguides for heralded single-photon sources at telecom wavelengths. CLEO/Europe - EQEC 2017, Munich, Germany. 25 - 29 Jun 2017. (In Press)

Holmes, Christopher, Cooper, Peter, Fernando, Harendra N.J., Stroll, Andreas, Gates, James C., Krishnan, Chirenjeevi, Haynes, Roger, Mennea, Paolo L., Carpenter, Lewis G., Gawith, Corin B.E., Roth, Martin M., Charlton, Martin D. and Smith, Peter G.R. (2015) Direct UV written planar Bragg gratings that feature zero fluence induced birefringence. Measurement Science and Technology, 26 (12). (doi:10.1088/0957-0233/26/12/125006).

Spring, Justin B., Mennea, Paolo L., Metcalf, Benjamin J., Humphreys, Peter C., Gates, James C., Rogers, Helen L., Soller, Christoph, Smith, Brian J., Kolthammer, W. Steven, Smith, Peter G.R. and Walmsley, Ian A. (2017) Chip-based array of near-identical, pure, heralded single-photon sources. Optica, 4 (1), 90-96. (doi:10.1364/OPTICA.4.000090).

Mennea, Paolo, Clements, William, Posner, Matthew, Bannerman, Rex, Smith, Devin, Renema, Jelmer, Gates, James, Kolthammer, W.Steven, Walmsley, Ian and Smith, Peter (2017) A reconfigurable modular system for on-chip quantum optics. 2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC), Munich, Germany. 25 - 29 Jun 2017. 1 pp . (doi:10.1109/CLEOE-EQEC.2017.8087430).

Mennea, Paolo, Spring, Justin B., Gates, James, Metcalf, Benjamin J., Humphreys, Peter C., Posner, Matthew, Walmsley, Ian A. and Smith, Peter (2014) Engineering waveguide arrays for high-purity matched FWM photon sources. European Conference on Integrated Optics 2014 (ECIO), Nice, France. 24 - 27 Jun 2014.

Mennea, Paolo, Clements, William, Smith, Devin, Metcalf, Benjamin J. and Burgwal, Roel (2018) Dataset for Modular Linear Optical Circuits. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0474 [Dataset]

Mennea, Paolo, Clements, William, Smith, Devin, Gates, James, Metcalf, Benjamin J., Bannerman, Rex, Burgwal, Roel, Renema, Jelmer, Kolthammer, W.Steven, Walmsley, Ian A. and Smith, Peter (2018) Modular linear optical circuits. Optica, 5 (9), 1087-1090. (doi:10.1364/OPTICA.5.001087).

Posner, Matthew T., Hiemstra, Thomas, Mennea, Paolo, Bannerman, Rex, Hoff, Ulrich B., Eckstein, Andreas, Kolthammer, W.S., Walmsley, Ian, Smith, Devin, Gates, James and Smith, Peter (2018) High-birefringence direct UV-written waveguides for use as heralded single-photon sources at telecommunication wavelengths. Optica, 26 (19), 24678-24686. (doi:10.1364/OE.26.024678).

Posner, Matthew T, Hiemstra, Thomas, Mennea, Paolo, Smith, Devin and Gates, James (2018) Dataset for High-birefringence direct UV-written waveguides for use as heralded single-photon sources at telecommunication wavelengths. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0511 [Dataset]

Smith, Peter G.R., Gates, James, Gawith, Corin, Holmes, Christopher, Carpenter, Lewis Glynn, Berry, Sam, Ferreiro, Teresa I, Mennea, Paolo, Posner, Matthew T, Cooper, Peter, Lynch, Stephen G., Bannerman, Rex, Turvey, Miranda, Theresa and Jantzen, Alexander (2016) Planar integrated optics for quantum technologies. Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium, Shanghai, China. 08 - 11 Aug 2016.

Smith, Peter, Cooper, Peter, Carpenter, Lewis Glynn, Gates, James, Holmes, Christopher and Mennea, Paolo (2015) Silica MEMS cantilever arrays. 2015 International Conference on Photonics in Switching, Florence, Italy. 22 - 25 Sep 2015.

Gow, Paul C., Gates, James, Bannerman, Rex, Nunn, Joshua, Posner, Matthew T, Mennea, Paolo and Smith, Peter (2018) Taking quantum entanglement out of the lab. Gregory, G. Groot (ed.) In Optics Education and Outreach V. vol. 10741, SPIE. 12 pp . (doi:10.1117/12.2321079).

Posner, Matthew T., Mennea, Paolo L., Gow, Paul C., Bannerman, Rex H.S., Berry, Sam, Smith, Devin H., Gates, James C. and Smith, Peter G.R. (2018) Taking large optical quantum states out of the lab: engaging pupils and the public on quantum photonics sciences. In Optics Education and Outreach V. vol. 10741, SPIE. pp. 1-6 . (doi:10.1117/12.2319391).

Gow, Paul C., Bannerman, Rex, Gates, James, Mennea, Paolo, Holmes, Christopher, Jantzen, Alexander and Smith, Peter G.R. (2019) Integrated waveguides and Bragg gratings UV written with 213nm light. Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference 2019, Munich, Germany. 23 - 27 Jun 2019. 1 pp .

Posner, Matthew, Podoliak, Nina, Gates, James, Smith, Peter, Horak, Peter and Mennea, Paolo (2019) Integrated polarizer based on 45⁰ tilted gratings. Optics Express, 27 (8), 1-8. (doi:10.1364/OE.27.011174).

Bannerman, R.H.S., Gates, J.C., Holmes, C., Mennea, P.L., Sima, C. and Smith, P.G.R. (2015) Small-spot UV-written apodised fibre Bragg gratings at 780 nm. In 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference. OSA..

Hiemstra, T., Eckstein, A., Hoff, U., Spring, J., Metcalf, B., Humphreys, P., Bartley, T., Mennea, P.L., Gates, J.C., Smith, P.G.R., Kolthammer, S. and Walmsley, I.A. (2015) Generating telecom-band pure heralded single photons on a silica chip. In 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference. OSA..

Spring, Justin B., Mennea, Paolo L., Metcalf, Benjamin J., Humphreys, Peter C., Moore, Merritt, Barz, Stefanie, Gates, James C., Kolthammer, W. Steven, Smith, Brian J., Smith, Peter G.R. and Walmsley, Ian A. (2015) Six-photon experiments using an on-chip array of heralded, pure single photon sources. In Proceedings 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015. Optical Society of America..

Gow, Paul C., Bannerman, Rex, Mennea, Paolo, Holmes, Christopher, Gates, James and Smith, Peter G.R. (2019) Direct UV written integrated planar waveguides using a 213 nm laser. Optics Express, 27 (20), 29133-29138. (doi:10.1364/OE.27.029133).

Gow, Paul (2019) Dataset for Direct UV Written Integrated Planar Waveguides using a 213 nm Laser. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D1022 [Dataset]

Jantzen, Senta, Lisa, Bannerman, Rex, Jantzen, Alexander, Mennea, Paolo, Smith, Devin, Gates, James, El-Hajjar, Mohammed, Boyd, Lewis, Smith, Peter G R and Holmes, Christopher (2019) Individual inscription of fibre Bragg gratings in multicore fibre using small-spot direct UV writing. OSA Topical Meeting - The International Photonics and Optoelectronics Meeting (POEM), Wuhan, China. 11 - 14 Nov 2019.

Jantzen, Senta, Lisa, Bannerman, Rex, Jantzen, Alexander, Mennea, Paolo, Smith, Devin, Gates, James, El-Hajjar, Mohammed, Boyd, Lewis, Smith, Peter G R and Holmes, Christopher (2019) Small-spot direct UV written fiber Bragg gratings in multicore fiber. In 2019 IEEE Avionics and Vehicle. Fiber-Optics and Photonics. Conference (AVFOP 2019). 2 pp .

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