December 17, 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.
November 30, 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.
November 24, 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.
November 16, 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.
November 13, 2015
New technologies in development at the UK's Quantum Technologies Hubs introduced to delegates at the Quantum Technology Showcase
November 4, 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.
September 28, 2015
UK's ability to lead the world in quantum science and technologies boosted today by £12 million investment in key researchers.
July 29, 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.
June 18, 2015
Engineers and scientists from University of Oxford have embarked on an exciting project to develop a prototype for the next generation of quantum wireless communication systems. This project is led by Nokia (R&D) and is in collaboration with UK based optics manufacturer Bay Photonics. The project is funded by Innovate UK. Quantum key distribution (QKD) is a cryptographic scheme which provides an unprecedented level of data security. This can be used to prevent data breaches such as ATM 'Skimming' attacks. Our project seeks to develop practical application of QKD in securing short-range wireless communication between a terminal such as an ATM and a handheld device. Our consortium is currently carrying out a 12-month feasibility study on quantum wireless systems with optical steering capability. For more information, please email Prof Dominic O'Brien or Dr Iris Choi.
January 28, 2015
Academics and industry partners of the NQIT Hub gathered with representatives from the EPSRC and local government to celebrate the launch of the ambitious project which will look to combine state of the art systems for controlling particles of light (photons) together with devices that control matter at the atomic level to develop technologies for the future of communications and computing.