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2016

03 November 2016

New winners announced at Quantum Technologies Showcase

Winning funding bids for UK Quantum Technology Innovation Fund revealed at International QT Showcase


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.


26 July 2016

New University of Birmingham quantum technology programme could transform Midlands infrastructure projects

Ground-breaking research which could see major infrastructure projects completed more quickly and cost-effectively has received a boost with the establishment of a new post-graduate study programme at the University of Birmingham. The University’s Quantum Technology (QT) Hub, led by Professor Kai Bongs, will be running Masters and PhD courses in Translational Quantum Technology from the
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08 July 2016

Quantum gravimeters leaving the laboratory

The Gravity Sensing team from the University of Birmingham has made successful outdoor measurements with their quantum gravimeter for the first time. The quantum gravimeter, designed and built in the labs at Birmingham, represents a significant step forward in developing robust quantum technologies for use in real-world environments. The technique of gravity mapping is already
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01 July 2016

New Translational Quantum Technology studentship programme announced

The UK National Quantum Hub for Sensors and Metrology is pleased to announce the launch of ten fully-funded studentships in developing and deploying atom-based quantum sensors in their new studentship programme. The UK is well placed to be a leader in the new quantum technology industry and to control a significant share of the future
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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.


21 June 2016

Professor Sir Mark Walport visits the Quantum Hub

Professor Sir Mark Walport, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, visited the University of Birmingham to discuss the latest developments in the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology. Quantum theory is one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century.  Using a new generation of quantum technologies, the Quantum Technology Hub is now
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