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02 December 2016

Demonstrating technological progress at Quantum Technology Showcase 2016

The Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, along with three other national EPSRC Quantum Technology Hubs and the National Quantum Technologies Programme partners presented its progress towards real-world demonstrators at the second Quantum Technology Showcase event on Thursday 3 November 2016. The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Mark Walport, used the showcase to launch
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02 December 2016

Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified

NQIT researchers at the University of Sussex have proposed an exciting new architecture for scalable ion trap quantum computing that could radically simplify the engineering challenge of building a large-scale quantum computer. In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Dr Seb Weidt and Professor Winfried Hensinger and colleagues from the Ion Quantum Technology Group, present a fundamentally different approach for trapped-ion quantum computing that uses voltages and microwave fields to control the ions, rather than lasers. This new design is based on individually-controlled voltages applied to each logic gate location, analogous to a traditional transistor architecture within a classical computer processor. When implemented, it would allow a substantial reduction in the number of laser beams required and a simplification of the design of the “chip” used to hold the trapped-ion qubits.


01 December 2016

NQIT researchers push electronic control of qubits to new levels of precision

NQIT’s trapped-ion qubit research team at the University of Oxford have achieved record-breaking precision in electronically-controlled quantum logic gates, which could substantially simplify the engineering challenge of building a large-scale quantum computer. In recent work reported in Physical Review Letters [1], Dr Tom Harty, Martin Sepiol and colleagues, report the achievement of a two-qubit entangling gate – the fundamental operation of quantum logic – driven by electronic microwave signals instead of by laser beams. The precision of the gate improves on previous microwave work by nearly two orders of magnitude, and approaches the levels required for a quantum computer.


24 November 2016

Technical Roadmap for Quantum Computing

Our Industry Engagement Team has produced a new report: Technical Roadmap for Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing. This report aims to show the technical steps needed to build a fully functional quantum computer. We give an overview of the subject, and review leading technologies to realise such a computer. We include an estimate of the resources needed for real world problems and address the most common concerns. We also discuss the possible applications that would become available during the process towards building a fully universal quantum computer, i.e. what you can achieve with a “small” quantum computer. These applications apply to fields such as physics and chemistry simulations, encryption, and optimisation. We hope that this technical report will be helpful to those who want to understand, engage, develop, manufacture or invest in this technology.


24 November 2016

Keith Brown MSP officially opens QuantIC Innovation Space

Keith Brown MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, officially opened QuantIC’s Innovation Space during a visit to …

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17 November 2016

University of Birmingham hosts Quantum UK 2016 Conference

In September 2016, the University of Birmingham hosted the Quantum UK 2016 Conference – the second annual academic meeting of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. Established by the UK Government in December 2014, the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme aims to accelerate the translation of quantum technologies to market. The four Quantum Technology Hubs,
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17 November 2016

QuantIC’s Professor Gerald Buller elected Fellow of The Optical Society of America

Professor Gerald Buller who is from Heriot Watt University, was awarded his Fellowship ‘for pioneering work in single-photon detection and applications of single-photon …

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17 November 2016

Getting to know QuantIC’s Aurora Maccarone

Here at QuantIC we like to profile our researchers and find out a bit more on what they are working on and today …

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15 November 2016

National Quantum Technologies Showcase

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.


11 November 2016

Quantum Technology Showcase 2016 launch platform for Blackett Review

On Thursday 03 November 2016 EPSRC's National Quantum Technology Hubs, working with the National Quantum Technologies Programme partners, successfully delivered the second Quantum Technologies Showcase event.