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Dr Jolly Xavier Palackappillil

Research Fellow


Telephone: 01392 727468

Extension: (Streatham) 7468

Dr Jolly Xavier currently is a Research Fellow in the inter-disciplinary Living Systems Institute of University of Exeter. From September 2019, he is also appointed as Deputy Head of Vollmer research group for Nano and Quantum biosensing. Dr Jolly Xavier also leads the subgroup namely Quantum Optical Biosciences (QOB) dedicated to developing as well as applying quantum optical non-classical entangled photon sources and quantum optical measurements in biological and physical sciences to advance novel quantum enhanced sensing and analysis of biomatter.

He completed his PhD in Nanophotonics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India where part of his PhD research for a year was carried out at Institut fuer Angwandte Physik, University of Muenster, Germany under DAAD sandwich model PhD research fellowship. Prior to joining as a Research Fellow in University of Exeter, Dr Jolly Xavier was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany and subsequently a Max Planck Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany. He is recipient of Above and Beyond award of University of Exeter in 2018 for his exceptional contributions to research and development. 

Dr Jolly xavier designed and developed the research lab and advanced experimental setups for quantum enhanced optoplsmonic single molecule sensing in Vollmer research group for Quantum and Nano biosensing. His Research interests include both experimental as well as computational investigations pertaining to Nanophotonics, Opto-plasmonics, Single molecule Quantum nanosensors, Linear and nonlinear microresonators, Quantum optical correlations, entangled photon pairs and photon statistics, Novel single photon sources, Silicon photonics, Enhanced light-matter interactions in ordered and disordered nanostructures.

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Teaching: Year 2 Physics Problems Tutor Term I [2018 -2019], Term I [2019 -2020] 

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electromagnetics

Supervision of PhD students:

  • Callum Jones (Quantum photonics/nonlinear photonics/optoplasmonic single molecule sensors)
  • Aneeth Kakkanattu Arunkumar (Optoplasmonics/Nanophotonics/Neurotransmitters)
  • Katya Zossimova  (Optoplasmonics/Nanophotonics/Quantum sensing)