15 November 2016
November 3rd was the 2016 National Quantum Technologies Showcase, held at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London. This one-day showcase event highlighted the exciting new quantum technologies that are being developed by the Quantum Technology Hubs and our industrial partners. Following on from the success of the first national quantum technologies showcase last year, the 2016 event highlighted the relationship with industry and the UK National Quantum Technology Programme’s potential for the creation of new markets and economic benefit. The Showcase received over 600 registrations from industry, academia and government, and had thirty nine exhibits demonstrating the collaborative nature of the programme involving academia, industry and government partners and included demonstrators from a range of investments made as part of the National Programme including the Quantum Technology Hubs, Industry and the National Physical Laboratory. NQIT had demonstrations from across our academic partners, showing our ion trap technology, our photonics work on wavelength conversion and spin-out technology to develop a magnetometer based on our diamond NV-centre work.
24 October 2016
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
We have produced a new animation about quantum computing: The Exciting New Age of Quantum Computing
14 October 2016
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
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
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 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
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
Several PhD positions are currently available in NQIT research labs in the Universities of Southampton and Sussex.
22 April 2016
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.