From Quantum Theory to Technology through Characterization and Control of Quantum Devices

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University
Department Name: College of Science

Abstract

Quantum technology has enormous potential to revolutionize many areas of science and technology from computing and communication, to chemical engineering and material science. For instance, quantum computers could perform certain tasks much faster than ordinary computers, quantum communication systems such a quantum internet could guarantee secure communication, and quantum control of chemical reactions might lead to the discovery of new drugs or materials, to mention only a few promising applications. As for any device, whether this be a car, computer or toaster, control is essential to ensure that the device functions as intended, and optimizing the device performance by optimizing our control of the device is usually a non-trivial problem. However, control of quantum devices is particularly challenging. One reason for this is quantum coherence, a special property of quantum systems that all quantum devices exploit. Unfortunately, quantum coherence is very fragile, easily destroyed through uncontrolled interactions of the system with its environment, and not easy to control in general. One of the main objectives of this project is to address this problem and find optimal ways to control quantum devices coherently. In addition to the fragile nature of quantum coherence, realizing this aim is complicated by the fact that no manufactured device will ever be perfect, and device imperfections such as small variations in size and shape of a particular element, can be very detrimental to our ability to control the system effectively. Hence, another important aspect of the project is to look at the sensitivity of various control strategies (and ways of encoding information in quantum systems) to device imperfections. It is hoped that understanding the effect of device imperfections will allow us to design more robust strategies, which is essential if we are to build quantum devices that work in the real world.Finally, the variations of manufactured devices mean that before we can actually hope to control the operation of the device, we must first identify experimentally what the effect of certain control influences on the system is. A simple example is a toaster with a control knob to adjust how long we wish the bread to be toasted. If it is a new toaster some experimentation with the position of the knob may be required to find the right position of the knob for perfect toast. For a simple calibration problem such as this, trial and error is usually sufficient to achieve satisfactory results after a few trials. For complex devices, and especially quantum devices, more efficient and systematic ways to experimentally characterize the device and its interaction with the control apparatus are required. This is essential before we can optimize the control to achieve robust operation of the device, and is another key objective of the project.

Publications

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De Fouquieres P (2011) Second order gradient ascent pulse engineering in Journal of Magnetic Resonance

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DE FOUQUIERES P (2013) A CLOSER LOOK AT QUANTUM CONTROL LANDSCAPES AND THEIR IMPLICATION FOR CONTROL OPTIMIZATION in Infinite Dimensional Analysis, Quantum Probability and Related Topics

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Gong E (2015) Model discrimination for dephasing two-level systems in Physics Letters A

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Jonckheere E (2015) Information transfer fidelity in spin networks and ring-based quantum routers in Quantum Information Processing

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Jonckheere E (2014) Quantum networks: anti-core of spin chains in Quantum Information Processing

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Oi DK (2012) Quantum system characterization with limited resources. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

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Solomon A (2011) Quantum control of two-qubit entanglement dissipation in Journal of Russian Laser Research

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Xiaoting Wang (2012) Symmetry and Subspace Controllability for Spin Networks With a Single-Node Control in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

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Zahedinejad E (2014) Evolutionary algorithms for hard quantum control in Physical Review A

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Zhou W (2012) Identification of Markovian open system dynamics for qubit systems in Chinese Science Bulletin

Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
EP/D07195X/1 01/10/2006 01/08/2011 £451,215
EP/D07195X/2 Transfer EP/D07195X/1 02/08/2011 01/05/2012 £39,072
 
Description See EP/D07195X/1.
Exploitation Route Development of novel quantum devices, novel applications of quantum control in spintronics or medical imaging.
Sectors Electronics,Healthcare

 
Description At present the main impact has been academic in developing new ideas, tools and techniques in the area of quantum technology, especially control design and data-driven models, and inspiring new work by myself and others. It is too early to assess the long-term societal impact of this work. When I started this project on characterization and control of quantum devices, the main applications envisaged were devices for quantum information processing. However, more recent developments suggest that perhaps the more important applications may be in areas such medical imaging and diagnostics, especially MRI/S or spintronic devices, and there are currently ongoing projects to develop these ideas further. To be updated.
 
Description NHS
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Improvements in education and skill levels of workforce (training of MR physicists, training of technical staff), improvements in clinical service delivery (ongoing)
 
Description Data-driven simulations of quantum spin network devices
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ser Cymru, National Research Network in Advanced Engineering 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description Leverhulme Senior Fellowship
Amount £42,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 08/2015
 
Description QUAINT (EU Coordination Action)
Amount € 399,000 (EUR)
Funding ID QUAINT 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 08/2012 
End 07/2015
 
Description Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
Amount £41,941 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 08/2015
 
Description Developing new diagnostic tools based on quantification of biomarkers using MRI 
Organisation National Health Service
PI Contribution Developing new diagnostic tools based on quantification of biomarkers using MRI, analysis of existing patient data to improve screening protocols, identify shortcomings in existing protocols, develop new protocols, identify topics for further research such as potential targets for biomarkers, improve QA and equipment calibration etc.
Collaborator Contribution Providing funding for studentships, access to equipment and anonymized patient data, clinical input and feedback
Impact 2 PhD studentships co-sponsored by ABMU, identified problems with existing screening protocols and developed improved protocols (e.g., local prostate cancer screening using advanced MRI techniques), publications in progress
Start Year 2014
 
Description RMIT, Melbourne, Australia 
Organisation RMIT University
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic collaboration that has resulted in several publications and mutual research visits.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Swansea University, Wales 
Organisation Swansea University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic collaboration that has resulted in new ideas for joint academic projects and my taking up a senior academic position at Swansea university.
Start Year 2011
 
Description 13th IASTED Conference on Intelligent Systems and Control (Cambridge, UK, 2011) 
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Results and Impact Invited Talk at Conference

http://www.iasted.org/conferences/speaker2-744.html
.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.iasted.org/conferences/speaker2-744.html
 
Description 25th IFIP Conference on Systems Modelling and Control (Berlin, 2011) 
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Results and Impact Invited talk in mini-symposium;

http://www.ifip2011.de/.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.ifip2011.de/
 
Description 3rd International Symposium on Communications, Control & Signal Processing (Malta, 2008) 
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Results and Impact Invited talk in special session at ISCCSP in Malta

http://www.signalprocessingsociety.org/index.php?mact=Calendar,cntnt01,default,0&cntnt01year=2008&cntnt01month=&cntnt01event_id=23&cntnt01display=event&cntnt01lang=en_US&cntnt01returnid=124.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications and a fruitful new collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
URL http://www.signalprocessingsociety.org/index.php?mact=Calendar,cntnt01,default,0&cntnt01year=2008&cn...
 
Description 4th International Symposium on Communications, Control and Signal Processing (Cyprus, 2010) 
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Results and Impact http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/isccsp2010/.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/isccsp2010/
 
Description Aberystwyth University Seminar 
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Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Maths/Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description Advances in the Theory of Control Signals & Systems (Lausanne, 2009) 
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Results and Impact http://bernoulli.epfl.ch/advances/web-content/.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://bernoulli.epfl.ch/advances/web-content/
 
Description BIRS Workshop on Quantum Control (Banff, Canada, 2011) 
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Results and Impact http://www.birs.ca/events/2011/5-day-workshops/11w5030.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.birs.ca/events/2011/5-day-workshops/11w5030
 
Description Birmingham University 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics.

The talk sparked stimulating discussions but there were no immediate notable impacts.
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Description Chinese National Academy of the Sciences Seminar (China) 
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Results and Impact Seminar in Mathematical Control Division.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description Computational Models for Quantum Device Design (Banff, Canada, 2012) 
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Results and Impact http://www.birs.ca/events/2012/5-day-workshops/12w5061.

The workshop sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications and grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.birs.ca/events/2012/5-day-workshops/12w5061
 
Description Conference on Physics and Control (PhysCon, Potsdam, 2007) 
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Results and Impact talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards

discussions and new collaborations
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URL http://physcon.ru/
 
Description Control and Optimization of Open Quantum Systems for Information Processing (AIM, USA, 2009) 
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Results and Impact Invited participant at American Institute for Mathematics Workshop

(AIM, California)

http://www.aimath.org/ARCC/workshops/quantumcontrol.html.

The workshop sparked interesting discussions about the scientific challenges in the field that have resulted in new ideas, publications and collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.aimath.org/ARCC/workshops/quantumcontrol.html
 
Description Control of Complex Quantum Systems (KITP, UCSB, 2013) 
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Results and Impact http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/dbdetails?acro=qcontrol13.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/dbdetails?acro=qcontrol13
 
Description EUROMECH Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (St Petersburg, Russia, 2008) 
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Results and Impact http://conf.physcon.ru/enoc08/.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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URL http://conf.physcon.ru/enoc08/
 
Description Frontiers in Open Quantum Systems and Quantum Control Theory (Boston, 2010) 
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Results and Impact Invited participant/speaker at ITAMP, Harvard-Smithonian,

http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/itamp/FrontiersQuantumSystems.html.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/itamp/FrontiersQuantumSystems.html
 
Description ICCMSE: Quantum Control and Light Matter Interactions (Corfu, 2007) 
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Results and Impact http://www.iccmse.org/ICCMSE2007/index.htm.

discussions, new ideas and collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
URL http://www.iccmse.org/ICCMSE2007/index.htm
 
Description Imperial University Physics Seminar 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications and a new collaboration.
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Description Institute for Quantum Computing Waterloo Seminar (Canada) 
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Geographic Reach Regional
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Results and Impact http://iqc.uwaterloo.ca/news-events/calendar/generated/sophie-schirmer-2011-4-15
.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://iqc.uwaterloo.ca/news-events/calendar/generated/sophie-schirmer-2011-4-15
 
Description Institute for Quantum Computing Waterloo Seminar 2 (Canada) 
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Results and Impact http://iqc.uwaterloo.ca/news-events/calendar/generated/sophie-schirmer-2011-4-11.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://iqc.uwaterloo.ca/news-events/calendar/generated/sophie-schirmer-2011-4-11
 
Description International Conference on Squeezed States and Uncertainty Relations (Bradford, 2007) 
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Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards, which led to follow up work.

Discussion that followed led to follow up work and publications.
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URL http://conf.inf.brad.ac.uk/
 
Description International Symposium on Group-Theoretical Methods in Physics (Nankai, China, 2012) 
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Results and Impact http://www.cim.nankai.edu.cn/activites/conferences/hy20120820/index.htm.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.cim.nankai.edu.cn/activites/conferences/hy20120820/index.htm
 
Description LSS-Supelec Seminar (France) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Quantum System Identification: Hamiltonian tomography and decoherence estimation from time series data.

http://www.l2s.supelec.fr/seminaires-automatique/seminar.html
.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.l2s.supelec.fr/seminaires-automatique/seminar.htm
 
Description Leeds University Physics Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
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Geographic Reach Local
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description National Science Week 
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Geographic Reach Local
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Results and Impact Exhibits and hands-on activities for the general public. The main aim was to inspire curiosity about science and spark discussion and interest in further info, which it did.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://quantumcontrol.eu/tags/popular-science
 
Description National University of Defense Technology (NUDT, China, 2010) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Series of lectures on Quantum Control delivered at NUDT, China, as part of a summer school on quantum and nanotechnologies co-organized by Prof. Ming Zhang (Engineering).

Interest from students in the form of questions after the lectures and email enquiries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description National University of Defense Technology Seminar (China) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Seminar talk in Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Optics and New Media (Beijing, China, 2011) 
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Geographic Reach International
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Results and Impact Invited talk at Conference

http://www.csrc.ac.cn/news/201102/t20110214_497.html.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.csrc.ac.cn/news/201102/t20110214_497.html
 
Description PDE Models for Quantum fluids (Cambridge, 2010) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Invited Talk at Issac Newton Institute Workshop

http://www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/KIT/kitw03.html.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/KIT/kitw03.html
 
Description Physics-based Math. Models for Low-dim. Semiconductor Nanostructures (Banff, Canada, 2007) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
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Results and Impact http://www.birs.ca/events/2007/5-day-workshops/07w5057.

Discussions inspired future work, new collaborations and the creation of a new journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
URL http://www.birs.ca/events/2007/5-day-workshops/07w5057
 
Description Practical Applications of Quantum Systems (PRAQSYS, Sydney 2007) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
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Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/quantum/PRACQSYS2007/

Valuable discussions that have lead to new collaborations and joint publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
URL http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/quantum/PRACQSYS2007/
 
Description Predicting Reaction Outcomes and Developing Perfect Reactions (Syngenta, UK, 2011) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
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Geographic Reach National
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Results and Impact Co-organized workshop as part of Dial-a-Molecule, EPSRC Grand Challenge Network, https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/dial-a-molecule1
.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/dial-a-molecule1
 
Description QUAINT Network Workshop on Optimal Control (Southampton, 2012) 
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Results and Impact First meeting of EU QUAINT network.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description Quantum Control Algorithms (Ulm, 2009) 
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Results and Impact Invited speaker at Workshop.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications, a follow-up workshop in Cambridge and ultimately the creation of the EU QUAINT network on quantum control.
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Description Quantum Control in Quantum Information (Otranto, Italy, 2008) 
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Results and Impact http://qccqi.df.unicam.it/.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications and collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://qccqi.df.unicam.it/
 
Description Quantum Control of Light and Matter (KITP, UCSB, 2009) 
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Results and Impact http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/dbdetails?acro=qcontrol09.

The talks and discussions have resulted in new ideas and publications, new collaborations and ideas for new research projects for which I was recently awarded a Leverhulme Senior Fellowship by the RS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/dbdetails?acro=qcontrol09
 
Description Quantum Engineering 
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Geographic Reach Regional
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Results and Impact A public outreach event as part of the National Science Week, co-sponsored by Welsh Goverment.

Increased public interest in and awareness of quantum technologies, the role they play in our lives and their future potential. There was definitively engagement with the audience -- whether this translated into more students applying to study physics, I don't know.
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Description Strathclyde University Physics Seminar 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description Structures, Information and Control Workshop (Aberystwyth, 2012) 
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Results and Impact https://sites.google.com/site/aberquant/wales-quantum-control-meeting.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL https://sites.google.com/site/aberquant/wales-quantum-control-meeting
 
Description Sussex University Seminar 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics.

There were interesting discussions but there were no immediate notable impacts.
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Description Tsinghua University Seminar (China) 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics/Control.The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description University College London, Physics Seminar 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description University of Calgary Physics Seminar (Canada) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
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Results and Impact Quantum System Identification: Hamiltonian tomography and

decoherence estimation from noisy time series data
.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and joint publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description University of Helsinki Physics Seminar 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description University of Nottingham 
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Results and Impact Seminar talk in Stochastic Processes Group.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description University of Oregon, Physics Seminar 
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Results and Impact Seminar Talk in Theoretical Science/Physics.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description University of Southern California Seminar 
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Results and Impact Seminar talk in Physics/Engineering.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
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Description Urdd Eistedfodd (Wales) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hands on activities and demonstrations in science tent to allow public to explore science, including setting up a low field NMR/MRI machine that anyone could operate to learn about NMR spectroscopy, MRI and quantum control of spin dynamics and applications in a fun way.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Work-study Projects 
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Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Students from local schools complete 1-week projects of their choice learning about quantum physics and its practical applications, and exciting future prospects of nano-technology at the quantum edge. This is an ongoing activity.

The feedback from the students was fantastic and the department has since scaled up the activity to allow more students to participate. Several of the students who participated have since enrolled in physics or related university programmes. Probably one of our most successful outreach activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Workshop on Coherence, Control, and Dissipation (Minnesota, 2009) 
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Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact http://www.ima.umn.edu/2008-2009/W3.2-6.09/.

The talk sparked interesting discussions that have resulted in new ideas and publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://www.ima.umn.edu/2008-2009/W3.2-6.09/