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2015

29 July 2015

Freezing single atoms to absolute zero with microwaves brings quantum technology closer

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.


18 June 2015

University of Oxford to Develop Quantum Wireless Systems with Nokia and Bay Photonics

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. 


28 January 2015

NQIT Hub Launch

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.

2014

26 November 2014

Oxford to lead UK quantum computer drive

A consortium of academic and industrial partners led by Oxford University will deliver quantum technologies including building a fully-functional prototype quantum computer. The Oxford-led Hub for Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) 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. NQIT is one of four Quantum Technology Hubs that will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from the £270 million investment in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne in his Autumn Statement of 2013. NQIT will receive a total of almost £38m of government funding.


26 November 2014

Quantum Leap as Clark unveils UK's network of Quantum Technology Hubs

A new £120 million national network of Quantum Technology Hubs has been announced involving 17 universities and 132 companies.


05 August 2014

Quantum Technology fellowships

EPSRC Quantum Technology fellowships are now available as part of the National Quantum Technology Programme.


17 March 2014

David Delpy announced as Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for UK National Quantum Technologies Programme

Professor David Delpy, has been appointed as Chairman of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme Strategic Advisory Board.

2013

04 December 2013

EPSRC welcomes announcement of investment in Quantum Technologies research

EPSRC CEO, David Delpy welcomes the Chancellor's announcement of investment in Quantum Technologies research.