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24 October 2016

Martin Dawson wins 2016 IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award

The 2016 Aron Kressel Award will be presented to Professor Martin Dawson, University of Strathclyde, "for broad and sustained contributions to semiconductor opto‐electronic engineering, including  optically‐pumped semiconductor lasers, diamond photonics and gallium‐nitride microdevices".

18 October 2016

New animation about Quantum Computing

We have produced a new animation about quantum computing: The Exciting New Age of Quantum Computing

14 October 2016

Optical Microcavities for Sensing Nanoparticles

In NQIT we work a lot on building components that provide the precise control over light and matter needed for quantum computers. In particular, as part of our work on solid-state qubits, we have been developing "optical microcavities" - tiny light-confining devices on a micrometer scale - to improve the efficiency of coupling quantum nodes to a network. These "optical microcavities", made up of mirrors just a few micrometres apart, force photons to bounce back and forth thousands of times interacting strongly with any material present. For quantum computing this means that a solid state qubit, such as a single colour centre in diamond, placed in the cavity, can convey quantum information more efficiently to a larger quantum network.

08 August 2016

Record-breaking logic gate "another important milestone" on road to quantum computers

NQIT Researchers at the University of Oxford have achieved a quantum logic gate with record-breaking 99.9% precision, reaching the benchmark required theoretically to build a quantum computer. Quantum computers, which function according to the laws of quantum physics, have the potential to dwarf the processing power of today’s computers, able to process huge amounts of information all at once. The team achieved the logic gate, which places two atoms in a state of quantum entanglement and is the fundamental building block of quantum computing, with a precision (or fidelity) substantially greater than the previous world record. Quantum entanglement – a phenomenon described by Einstein as ‘spooky’, but which is at the heart of quantum technologies – occurs when two particles stay connected, such that an action on one affects the other, even when they are separated by great distances.

01 July 2016

First NQIT Annual Report

We are pleased to present the first NQIT Annual Report for 2016, which covers our activities and outputs since the start of the Hub at the beginning of 2015 to the beginning of 2016.

16 June 2016

NQIT at the Cheltenham Science Festival

NQIT had a stand in the Discover Zone at the Cheltenham Science Festival last week, explaining to school groups and members of the public what quantum computers are and how we’re going about building our prototype.

10 May 2016

Young scientists pitch quantum technology business ideas

Seven young quantum physicists from all over the globe presented their quantum technology business ideas to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors at an event hosted by Nature, together with its partners Entrepreneur First and Innovate UK, on Friday 6 May.   We were very proud to have two teams from NQIT shortlisted in this "Dragon's Den" style event.

27 April 2016

PhD Opportunities in Southampton and Sussex

Several PhD positions are currently available in NQIT research labs in the Universities of Southampton and Sussex.

22 April 2016

European Commission Announces Funding for Third Flagship on Quantum Technologies

On April 19th, the European Commission presented its European Cloud Initiative for a digital single market, with cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure, including €1 billion for a large-scale EU-wide quantum technologies flagship. The European Commission presented a set of measures to support and link up national initiatives for the digitisation of industry and related services across all sectors and to boost investment through strategic partnerships and networks.

19 April 2016

NQIT Researcher, Jelmer Renema, wins prestigious NWO Rubicon grant

Physicist Jelmer Renema has received an NWO Rubicon grant to conduct a 2-year postdoctoral research on a proof of concept for a quantum computer at the University of Oxford.