19 April 2016
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
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
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
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
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.
30 November 2015
This is an opportunity for PhD students or postdocs in all areas of quantum physics Please see the Nature Innovation Forum website for more details.
24 November 2015
You can now watch the public lecture from September 28 2015 by Prof Sir Peter Knight FRS online here. His talk is entitled "Quantum - from Schroedinger's Science to New Technology" and was part of the 3-day Quantum UK 2015 conference held in Oxford that week.
16 November 2015
A packed audience at the Royal Society in London was given sight of the new technologies being developed at the UK’s four Quantum Technologies Hubs last week at the first Quantum Technology Showcase. Three hundred delegates from industry, business and government heard how the £270 million UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP) was drawing the country’s research base together with industry, research funding bodies and other government agencies to accelerate the transition of new technologies from the laboratory to industry. Research teams from the universities and companies involved in the Hubs demonstrated how the unique properties of the quantum realm are being used to advance technologies in measurement, security, computing, imaging and sensing.
04 November 2015
The Times Higher Education Supplement reports that the University of Oxford is now ranked top for research income in the UK. The figures are based on the year 2014/15.
29 July 2015
Physicists at the University of Sussex have found a way of using everyday technology found in kitchen microwaves and mobile telephones to bring quantum physics closer to helping solve enormous scientific problems that the most powerful of today’s supercomputers cannot even begin to embark upon. A team led by Professor Winfried Hensinger has frozen single charged atoms to within a millionth of a degree of absolute zero (minus 273.15°C) with the help of microwave radiation.