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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.

24 March 2016

New studentships available at University of Sussex

Three new studentships in quantum technologies are available at the University of Sussex, in the Ion Quantum Technology Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

21 March 2016

NQIT Graduate Student wins top science photography prize for image of gold chip ion-trap

We're very excited to announce that one of our gradaute students, Diana Prado Lopes Aude Craik, who is studying in Professor David Lucas' lab, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by our funding body, the EPSRC (the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). ‘Microwave ion-trap chip for quantum computation’, by Diana Prado Lopes Aude Craik and Norbert Linke, from the University of Oxford, shows the chip’s gold wire-bonds connected to electrodes which transmit electric fields to trap single atomic ions a mere 100 microns above the device’s surface.

01 March 2016

Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, visits NQIT Hub

The Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, visited Oxford, where he saw first-hand the world-leading research being carried out at the University. Mr Johnson was shown laboratory and workshop facilities, and met doctoral students, in the University's Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub and Mobile Robotics Group. The NQIT Directors spoke with Mr Johnson about the UK National Quantum Technology Programme and why quantum technology is such an exciting area for research and technology development. He then was given a tour of our NQIT lab in the Physics Department where Vera Schafer, a doctoral student, and Dr Ben Metcalf, a post-doctoral researcher, explained how their research into ion traps and photonics provide the core hardware for NQIT's Q20:20 quantum computer.


17 December 2015

NQIT researchers demonstrate 'hybrid' logic gate as work towards quantum computer continues

Since it began in 2014, the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub has been focusing on developing quantum technologies that could dwarf the processing power of today's supercomputers and now a new paper by Oxford researchers, published in the journal Nature, demonstrates how the work of the Hub is progressing. Professor David Lucas of Oxford's Department of Physics, co-leader, with Professor Andrew Steane, of the ion trap quantum computing group, explains: 'The development of a "quantum computer" is one of the outstanding technological challenges of the 21st century. A quantum computer is a machine that processes information according to the rules of quantum physics, which govern the behaviour of microscopic particles at the scale of atoms and smaller.