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04 July 2018

Quantum City draws crowds at summer science festivals

Quantum City, the joint public engagement initiative by partners of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, attracted over 6000 visitors at the Cheltenham and Glasgow Science Festivals last month.

26 June 2018

NQIT Launches Annual Report 2018

We are pleased to present our latest NQIT Annual Report, covering progress in the third year of the NQIT Programme.

As NQIT Director Professor Ian Walmsley explains in his Foreword:

21 June 2018

Come and take a look at IBM’s Quantum Computer!

As part of Oxford’s new collaboration with IBM Q, NQIT has arranged to host their Quantum Computer Exhibit in the foyer of the new Beecroft Building in Oxford Physics all of this week.

The exhibit is a prototype of their 50-qubit quantum computer and will be accompanied by a video explaining what it is and how it works.

13 June 2018

EPSRC publishes results of public dialogue on Quantum Technologies

The results of a public dialogue on Quantum Technologies, commissioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), have been published today.

The exercise was carried out in late 2017 by Kantar Media in order to better understand how the public views and feels about the Quantum Technologies (QTs) currently being developed by researchers and their potential applications. Evaluation of the public dialogue and the public dialogue process was carried out by 3KQ. The evaluation report will also be available from EPSRC in due course.

31 May 2018

Quantity is no substitute for quality in photonic quantum computers

NQIT researchers come to a new conclusion about the quality of photons required by optical quantum machines, solving a major, long-standing open issue in quantum photonics.

There is a worldwide research effort to demonstrate the power of quantum computers by using them to solve carefully chosen mathematical problems. The problem should be chosen such that it is easy to solve for a quantum computer, but difficult enough for an ordinary (classical) computer that the quantum computer is finished long before the classical computer is.

23 May 2018

Tunable diamond string may hold key to quantum memory

A process similar to guitar tuning improves storage time of quantum memory.

A quantum internet promises completely secure communication. But using quantum bits or qubits to carry information requires a radically new piece of hardware - a quantum memory. This atomic-scale device needs to store quantum information and convert it into light to transmit across the network.

01 March 2018

New speed record for trapped-ion ‘building blocks’ of quantum computers

NQIT Researchers at Oxford University have set a new speed record for the 'logic gates' that form the building blocks of quantum computing - a technology that could transform the way we process information.

12 February 2018

Single Trapped Atom Captures Science Photography Competition's top prize

An image of a single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 'Single Atom in an Ion Trap', by David Nadlinger, a student in Professor David Lucas's Trapped Ion Lab, based in the Physics Department at the University of Oxford, shows the atom held by the fields emanating from the metal electrodes surrounding it.

08 February 2018

University of Sussex scientists present mysteries of quantum computing at Science Museum

NQIT researchers from the University of Sussex will reveal the secrets of quantum computers to the UK public at the Science Museum in London this week. Launched on Wednesday February 7th, the ‘Could quantum computers change the world?’ will illuminate a topic that has baffled scientists for decades. Curated by Sussex physicists in partnership with the Science Museum, it will be displayed in the Tomorrow’s World gallery space and will run for four months.

30 January 2018

New NQIT Work Package on Quantum Optimisation and Machine Learning

We are pleased to announce a new piece of work looking at quantum optimisation and machine learning, led by Dr Michael Gutmann.