A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a conical photonic wire containing quantum dots, which has been directly connected to the core of an optical fiber. This so-called “quantum fiber-pigtail” may be useful in the context of quantum information or scanning probe microscopy. The work grew out of an original idea by Dr. Mathieu Munsch and Dr. Jean Teissier, from the Warburton and Maletinsky Groups respectively. Ph.D. student Davide Cadeddu from our group carried out the experiments and Dr. Munsch led the project. A movie showing the fabrication process can be found here.