UK Quantum Technology Hub: NQIT - Networked Quantum Information Technologies

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Physics

Abstract

This Hub accelerates progress towards a new "quantum era" by engineering small, high precision quantum systems, and linking them into a network to create the world's first truly scalable quantum computing engine. This new computing platform will harness quantum effects to achieve tasks that are currently impossible.
The Hub is an Oxford-led alliance of nine universities with complementary expertise in quantum technologies including Bath, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leeds, Strathclyde, Southampton, Sussex and Warwick. We have assembled a network of more than 25 companies (Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon BBN, Google, AMEX), government labs (NPL, DSTL, NIST) and SMEs (PureLiFi, Rohde & Schwarz, Aspen) who are investing resources and manpower.
Our ambitious flagship goal is the Q20:20 engine - a network of twenty optically-linked ion-trap processors each containing twenty quantum bits (qubits). This 400 qubit machine will be vastly more powerful than anything that has been achieved to date, but recent progress on three fronts makes it a feasible goal. First, Oxford researchers recently discovered a way to build a quantum computer from precisely-controlled qubits linked with low precision by photons (particles of light). Second, Oxford's ion-trap researchers recently achieved a new world record for precision qubit control with 99.9999% accuracy. Third, we recently showed how to control photonic interference inside small silica chips. We now have an exciting opportunity to combine these advances to create a light-matter hybrid network computer that gets the 'best of both worlds' and overcomes long-standing impracticalities like the ever increasing complexity of matter-only systems, or the immense resource requirements of purely photonic approaches.
Engineers and scientists with the hub will work with other hubs and partners from across the globe to achieve this. At present proof-of-principle experiments exist in the lab, and the 'grand challenge' is to develop compact manufacturable devices and components to build the Q20:20 engine (and to make it easy to build more).
We have already identified more than 20 spin-offs from this work, ranging from hacker-proof communication systems and ultra-sensitive medical and military sensors to higher resolution imaging systems.
Quantum ICT will bring great economic benefits and offer technical solutions to as yet unsolveable problems. Just as today's computers allow jet designers to test the aerodynamics of planes before they are built, a quantum computer will model the properties of materials before they've been made, or design a vital drug without the trial and error process. This is called digital quantum simulation. In fact many problems that are difficult using conventional computing can be enhanced with a 'quantum co-processor'. This is a hugely desirable capability, important across multiple areas of science and technology, so much so that even the prospect of limited quantum capabilities (e.g. D-Wave's device) has raised great excitement. The Q20:20 will be an early form of a verifiable quantum computer, the uncompromised universal machine that can ultimately perform any algorithm and scale to any size; the markets and impacts will be correspondingly far greater.
In addition to computing there will be uses in secure communications, so that a 'trusted' internet becomes feasible, in sensing - so that we can measure to new levels of precision, and in new components - for instance new detectors that allow us to collect single photons.
The hub will ultimately become a focus for an emerging quantum ICT industry, with trained scientists and engineers available to address the problems in industry and the wider world where quantum techniques will be bringing benefits. It will help form new companies, new markets, and grow the UK's knowledge economy.

Planned Impact

NQIT will deliver a quantum network for computing, communications and sensing with unprecedented capability. NQIT will therefore impact on:

(a) Society, by providing a template for new information technologies that will enhance our quality of life. This will occur by provision of powerful new computers and secure data handling capability. These machines will deliver approaches to big data that will revolutionise society by enabling new mechanisms for discovery based on quantum machine learning. This will impact, for example, public health because of the possibility to manage disease and for drug discovery; the environment because of the dramatically enhanced ability to calculate long-term properties of the atmosphere and energy because of the dramatically reduced energy consumption of quantum computers for large-scale processing. The secure networks that NQIT will enable will allow trust in the internet to be maintained, and personal data and information to be held securely. The benefits of big data will only be ensured if such trust is maintained.

(b) The Economy, by demonstrating new kinds of information processing including massive parallelism and inviolable security of data that will transform major sectors, such as telecoms, finance, defence and government. Information economy has a GVA of £58bn annually in the UK. Power grids and other critical infrastructure will also benefit from the security of quantum networks.

(c) Knowledge: both academic and commercial, as new regimes of physics, chemistry, materials science and biology and biomedicine are opened for discovery because of the new computing capability. This, in turn, will open up new commercial opportunity to exploit the research outputs.

(d) People, through the new understanding, technical expertise and skills developed by the researchers and partners during the project, including training in core quantum technology skills for a new, emerging sector of the economy, and in engagement with the media, he public and policy makers.

The outcomes of the Hub will be of value to UK and global commerce, the general public and government. This will happen in the following ways:

(i) Commerce: The exponential increase in data traffic, and the required information processing present increasing challenges to information companies such as Google, Microsoft and Apple. Security is also an increasing concern. A new technology sector will grow in the UK as a consequence of quantum applications that address these problems, and leadership in quantum science and engineering. This will also lead to new applications in other areas. For example, secure sensor networks may impact personal health monitoring, leading to improved patient care and outcomes.

(ii) The Public: Everyone, whether they live in highly industrialized countries, or in the developing world, is dependent on access to information, which changes behaviour. For instance, more precise and long-ranging weather and climate prediction will change urban planning, transport and public safety policies.

(iii) Government: The security of society is the responsibility of governments and their agents. This responsibility ranges from the security of patient data in the NHS to secure communications for national defence and secure monitoring for the smart grid. Regulation must be informed by the capabilities of current and future technology, so that legislation can be effective. NQIT will explore what is feasible, allowing policy makers and those defining security standards to plan for the future.
Past changes in technology have had radical effects. Consider, for instance, how cellular telephony has transformed society in the last 20 years. Similar changes will happen as quantum technologies become embedded. NQIT will both develop the technologies, and by responsible innovation, will inform policy and create a framework where developments can be deployed for the benefit of society.

Organisations

People

ORCID iD

Ian Alexander Walmsley (Principal Investigator)
Gavin William Morley (Co-Investigator)
Martin Booth (Co-Investigator)
David Lucas (Co-Investigator)
Marina Denise Anne Jirotka (Co-Investigator)
Peter James Mosley (Co-Investigator)
Samson Abramsky (Co-Investigator)
Mete Atature (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3852-0944
Justin Coon (Co-Investigator)
Peter George Smith (Co-Investigator)
Christopher John Stevens (Co-Investigator)
Andrew Steane (Co-Investigator)
Jacob Andrew Dunningham (Co-Investigator)
Alexey Kavokin (Co-Investigator)
Pavlos Lagoudakis (Co-Investigator)
Peter James Leek (Co-Investigator)
Almut Beige (Co-Investigator)
Michael John Strain (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9752-3144
Joshua Nunn (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0517-0829
Brian J Smith (Co-Investigator)
Jonathan Barrett (Co-Investigator)
Mark Edward Newton (Co-Investigator)
Matthias Karl Keller (Co-Investigator)
Jason Michael Smith (Co-Investigator)
Ian Michael Watson (Co-Investigator)
Dieter Hans Jaksch (Co-Investigator)
Martin David Dawson (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6639-2989
Simon Charles Benjamin (Co-Investigator)
Animesh Datta (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4021-4655
Erdan Gu (Co-Investigator)
Winfried Karl Hensinger (Co-Investigator)
Axel Kuhn (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5101-8732
Dominic Christopher O'Brien (Co-Investigator)
Jong Min Kim (Co-Investigator)
Stephanie Simmons (Co-Investigator)
Steve Collins (Co-Investigator)
Peter Horak (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8710-8764
Elham Kashefi (Co-Investigator)
William J Wadsworth (Co-Investigator)
Corin Gawith (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3502-3558
William Steven Kolthammer (Researcher Co-Investigator)

Publications

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Description NQIT, a network of 9 universities and more than 25 companies focuses on hardware development in the area of ion-traps, photonics, superconductors and diamond, and applications in Quantum computing, Quantum Simulation, Networked Sensing and Communications. This highly diverse but collaborative effort has led to the following findings in 2018.

Computing-Q5:50 demonstrator:

In 2018/19 the major milestone of optically linking the ion-trap based processors was achieved. This is a key building block for the Q5:50 architecture, and for a scalable quantum computer.
The control system associated with this, which is scalable to a large number of computing nodes, is undergoing testing and nearing completion. In addition, substantial progress has been made with the development of modular systems to deliver the necessary optical beams to the ion-traps.
Sussex has made further progress with their modular design prototype, as well as techniques to improve gate robustness.

Alternative node technologies:

In superconductors Oxford Quantum Circuits is now an established spinout company, working to commercialise the patented coaxial architecture while continuing to collaborate with NQIT.

Further progress has been made on laser written NV centres, with indications that these are one of the few methods of creating high quality defect states. Work on cavity coupling from these centres continues.

In photonics work on photonic simulators has continued, with demonstrations of large configurable circuits in silicon nitride, and implementation of a small-scale simulator to predict the vibronic spectra of small molecules.

Wavelength conversion from the blue-visible to telecom wavelengths is a key enabling technology for entangling trapped ions over wide area networks, which would enable a future 'quantum internet', and this has been demonstrated with high efficiency, working with an industrial partner.

Quantum random number generators are a key early application for quantum technologies and results implementing a patented design for authenticated all-optical entropy generation are being prepared for publication. This work has led to an industrial collaboration.

Enabling technologies and subsystems for simulation for sensing and communications:

Work on noise reduction in photonic quantum memories is ongoing, with results on noise-free ultra-fast storage via off-resonant cascaded absorption (ORCA) published this year.

Work to develop a modular heralded photon source has been funded by Innovate UK and is being led by MSquared Lasers. A Partnership Project with TMD and Chronos working with the University of Bath has successfully demonstrated the enhancement of alkali vapour densities using plasmonic resonances in gold nanoparticles. This work is now being applied to develop microscale atomic clocks.

Cavities are a key technology as they improve collection efficiency from ions and ultimately processor speed. Work has progressed on modelling cavities, mirror manufacture, and the integration of cavities with ion traps.

Applications:

Highlights in this work include;
• Quantum simulation, including the use of IBMs quantum computer under the IBM Q network, of which Oxford is a member. Here methods for solving PDEs are being developed
• Continued work on advanced emulators, where the QuEST emulation capability is the fastest demonstrated thus far.
Responsible Innovation
• In responsible innovation we have published a briefing paper on RI in QT for Defence and National Security, and continue to engage with policy makers and a range of audiences through seminars and discussions.
Exploitation Route We will continue the strong partnership across applications and hardware for the last year of the NQIT Hub and take this forward to the proposed Hub in Quantum Computing and Simulation. There is rapidly growing interest from Industry in Quantum Computing and Information Processing, and we will pursue both specific opportunities and wider advocacy and engagement with industry, scientific users, policy makers and the public. This effort will include strong engagement with the proposed National Quantum Computing Centre
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Security and Diplomacy,Transport,Other

URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/content/resources
 
Description The report this year shows a continued growth of industry collaborations but that is only one element of the engagement with industry, science, policy makers and the public. Of the User Project, specific technology development collaborations with industry and new academic partners, the majority of projects are still in progress. The total number of collaborations approved and finished, in progress or waiting to commence stands at 39 as per March 2019, up from 28 in March 2018. The User Projects continue to include a mix of enabling technologies and engagement with partners on applications and tools. The partnerships with technology providers continues to be a valuable source for industrial competencies to solve technical challenges encountered in the course of the research and development by NQIT's teams. For the technology providers the engagement proves to be very useful to gain new insights and improve existing products or develop new ones. For the collaborations in software and applications, we continue to observe a growing interest in industry in the potential of quantum information technologies in commercial and scientific applications alongside a realisation that much work still must be done to develop hardware and especially software. The three existing NQIT spinouts and the one startup are being joined by two new spinout ventures: Universal Quantum from Sussex and Oxford Iontronics are in their formation stage and preparing for their first investment round. Veriqloud is a new venture based in France with links to the UK programme via some of its founders and is now engaging with NQIT on a User Project. The NQIT Communications team have been busy developing more information material, this year in particular with an emphasis on the potential applications of quantum computing. As part of this aim NQIT has also engaged with IBM Q via a dedicated hub activity in Oxford and also with Cambridge Quantum Computing to develop a Quantum Readiness Programme. Both activities are aimed at supporting future users (i.e. companies) of quantum computing to learn more about its technologies, the UK QT Programme and to encourage the development of awareness, understanding and skills. The latter has also been supported by a Quantum Hackathon with Riverlane and industry involvement in the NQIT Skills Forum and similar events have been planned for next year. NQIT has also worked with the other UK QT Hubs to develop a joint Quantum City programme, aimed primarily at the general public and this programme helps to maximise the resource efficiency and lets us attend to more events then if we did these as individual Hubs. Outreach activities to industry have included the NQIT support and presence at the annual QT Showcase, organised by the EPSRC, and also an NQIT 2018 Industry Day. This event doubled the attendance from the previous year and provided further evidence of growing industry interest. RRI activities continued to take a prominent place in the NQIT activity. A new RRI report was produced on the subject of Defence and Security impact and the RRI team engaged with the entire community of researchers at all Project, User and Skills forums during the year. The RRI team also substantially contributed to the policy influencing activities. The NQIT leadership team set out a vision at the start of 2018 of the future of the UK QT Programme for quantum computing and simulation with a particular view to ensure that the research is translated into the maximum beneficial impact on the UK society and economy. The NQIT team made the case for a new technology Hub and a national quantum computing centre and this process has included a great deal of most constructive engagement with the EPSRC and InnovateUK funding bodies, the Parliamentary Committee for Science and Technology quantum technologies enquiry and representatives of BEIS and DCMS among others. NQIT also has engaged with NPL to encourage and support the development towards standards, protocols and test procedures. User Project case studies: Case study: Magnetometry with diamond towards magnetocardiography (Warwick University, Bruker). Partnered with Brucker GmBH, the University of Warwick designed and developed a four-diamond prototype magnetometer with the potential to significantly impact the medical field. Magnetocardiography (MCG) is a very sensitive, non-invasive method of detecting the magnetic fields produced by electrical activity in the heart. It is used for research on the normal human heart and for clinical diagnosis of conditions such as abnormal rhythms or arrhythmia. By taking advantage of nitrogen-vacancies within a diamond crystal lattices and measuring the level of fluorescence, researchers are able to reveal the direction and strength of a surrounding magnetic field, essentially using it as a sensor. This can be applied to detect the magnetic field emitted by the heart. For magnetocardiography (MCG) and magnetic imaging of the brain magnetoencephalography) this will require over a trillion NV centres in each diamond sensor to reach the required sensitivity. Contending technologies such as superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) and atomic vapour cell magnetometers currently possess a greater sensitivity than diamond magnetometers, however the benefits of robustness, low costs and the proximity in which these magnetometers can be placed to patients without the need for magnetic shielding makes this an attractive investment for commercialisation. The future for diamond sensors holds great promise, and orders of magnitude improvements will be achieved over the next few years through optimisation of the diamond material, sensor configuration and detection technology. Case study: Pyramidal cold-atom source for more compact commercial devices (Oxford University, MSquared). M Squared Lasers in collaboration with the University of Oxford, aimed to reduce the bulky nature of laboratory based, cold atom sources which are a fundamental component of clocks and atom interferometers. Based on a previous design, the Project Partnership resource enabled Oxford researchers to scale down their novel large pyramidal magneto-optical trap and create a competitively small, adjustable aperture, suitable for use in compact cold-atom sourced commercial devices. By reflecting a single large laser beam in a pyramidal arrangement of mirrors, our researchers were able to greatly simplify the optics. The "new and improved" pyramidal source is substantially smaller than conventional magneto-optical trap sources and provides the high flux required by practical quantum technology instruments for high repetition rates, strong signal-to-noise and robust operation. This unique device is a complete vacuum system with the optics required to produce a beam of cold atoms directed into a second vacuum chamber supplied by the end user, for use in future simulations and new quantum technology products. Case Study: Oxford IBM Q Hub (Oxford University, IBM Q). In May 2018, NQIT facilitated an agreement with IBM to enable Oxford University to join a select group of global leaders and become an IBM Q Hub Partner in the IBM Q network. Oxford and IBM are both dedicating considerable resources to the field, developing both hardware and software solutions for research and commercial applications. As a result of the collaboration, Oxford serves as the IBM Q Network Hub in the UK, supporting others in using the systems and collaborating with companies and other universities on existing NQIT and Oxford research into quantum computing developments. Research using the 20-qubit Tokyo and Poughkeepsie quantum computers at Oxford is ongoing with results yet to be published. However, researchers are working closely with IBM Q to provide valuable feedback and insights that will inform future developments. The IBM Q Oxford Hub has actively organised and participated in events to engage with researchers and wider industry. These include the IBM Q Oxford Hub launch at the 21st century Oxford Physics building - the Beecroft, which included a special model of a 50-qubit quantum computer that was shipped from the USA attracting much interest; a business briefing attended by UK leaders across diverse sectors; sponsorship of the Oxford Innovation Society dinner with a quantum computing themed programme; attendance at the NQIT Industry Day; delivering a quantum programming session to 80 students at the NQIT Skills Forum; supporting the innovation ecosystem at VentureFest and the prestigious National Quantum Technologies Showcase. Two exciting quantum computing hackathons have been organised with the support of Riverlane, dvidti and IBM Q, with a challenge based approach to spread the awareness and adoption of quantum computing. The first was open to the general public in London in October 2018, and the second is to be held in Oxford in March 2019, in partnership with the Satellite Catapult and targets the Space sector. The Hub has engaged with Johnson Matthey and Rolls Royce to begin to address challenges in materials and engineering. In September 2018, IBM Q and the Oxford Hub gave a joint panel at the GI2: GLOBAL INNOVATION INSTITUTE in Paris to introduce quantum computing to 40 senior executives from FinTech.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Benjamin - Private briefing to the Home Office on 31st May 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Co-Director was on the advisory committee for the GO Science Blackett Review of Quantum Technologies
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/quantum-technologies-blackett-review
 
Description Director is on the high-level steering committee for the EC Quantum Technologies Flagship programme
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/expert-group-quantum-technology-flagship-now-set
 
Description Geurtsen - BEIS & DCMS Quantum Technology Review: Roundtable to discuss barriers to growth, London, Oct 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Geurtsen and Hensinger - Challenge Panel for DCMS & BEIS Quantum Technology Policy Review, Sep - Nov 2018. Other attendees included Sir Peter Knight, Graeme Malcolm (MSquared) and Sheila Rowan (Glasgow Uni and Science Advisor to the Scottish Govt)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Hensiner - testify in front of the House of Commons Parliamentary Select Committee about quantum computing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/staff/newsandevents/?id=45420
 
Description Hensinger - Appointed to EPSRC's Physical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Hensinger - invited by the ministries of DCMS and BEIS to join their challenge Panel of quantum technology specialists for Quantum Technology Policy Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Hensinger - testify in a German Parliamentary select committee providing advice on quantum computing in June 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/staff/newsandevents/?id=45115
 
Description Hensinger; Contributing to EPSRC Challenges for Quantum Computer Science & Simulation Workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/quantumcompsciworkshopeoi/
 
Description Hensinger; invited to the US/UK Quantum computing algorithm sandpit organised by the UK Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defence, Chicheley Hall
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Jirotka - All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics: Steering Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Jirotka - ESPRC Public Dialogue in Quantum Technologies - published by EPSRC
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Jirotka and Inglesant - Meetings with Policy Advisors in Emerging Technologies, DCMS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Marina Jirotka, ESPRC Public Dialogue in Quantum Technologies
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description NQIT - EPSRC Quantum Technologies Quantum Computing and Simulation workshop, Oxford, Mar 2018, Attendance by NQIT Leadership Team and WPLs.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description NQIT - QT Technologies Roundtable, Canada House, 2-4pm, 24th September 2018
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description NQIT - Written evidence to UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee (Commons) - Quantum technologies inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-c...
 
Description NQIT Directors worked with the UKNQT SAB and EPSRC on the White Paper for Phase II of the QT Programme submitted to BEIS and UK Treasury
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description O'Brien, Benjamin, Leek, Lucas, Geurtsen - UKRI, BEIS and DCMS workshop for the National Quantum Computing Centre, London, Dec 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description O'Brien, Geurtsen, Srivastava - Meeting with Dr Paul Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. DoE, Oxford, Oct 2018. Also attending Liam Blackwell, Amanda Howes (EPSRC) and Roger McKinlay (InnovateUK)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Quantum Technologies - Opportunities for European industry
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/news/quantum-technologies-opportunities-european-industry...
 
Description Srivastava - Local Industrial Strategy 'Disruption Workshop' with Oxfordshire Local Enterprise (OxLEP) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.oxfordshirelep.com/sites/default/files/uploads/TECHNICAL%20NEGOTIATING%20DRAFT%20The%20O...
 
Description Srivastava - Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) roundtable with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at BEIS, Feb 2019
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Walmsley and Hensinger - Oral evidence to UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee (Commons) - Quantum technologies inquiry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-c...
 
Description Workshop on Quantum Technologies and Industry for the EC
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/news/report-workshop-quantum-technologies-and-industry
 
Description Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation Fellowship - Matteo Barbone
Amount € 92,000 (EUR)
Organisation Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 
Sector Public
Country Germany
Start 02/2019 
End 02/2021
 
Description Birmingham QT Hub Partnership Resource Morley
Amount £85,142 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 05/2019
 
Description Bristol QTEC Quantum Technology Entrepreneurship Fellowship - Carmen Palacios Berraquero
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Bristol 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 11/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies 4 Handheld Quantum Wireless
Amount £345,994 (GBP)
Funding ID 104161 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies 4 MITAS
Amount £235,151 (GBP)
Funding ID 104159 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies 4 OQC
Amount £382,540 (GBP)
Funding ID 104153 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies 4 QFC
Amount £381,612 (GBP)
Funding ID 104165 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies CRD R3 ESCHER
Amount £1,240,653 (GBP)
Funding ID 104000 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 06/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies CRD R3 HighQ
Amount £429,673 (GBP)
Funding ID 103879 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies CRD R3 Q-DOS
Amount £987,871 (GBP)
Funding ID 103874 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies FS R3 VeriVin
Amount £240,124 (GBP)
Funding ID 133092 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 11/2018
 
Description Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies R4 IOTA
Amount £399,533 (GBP)
Funding ID 104158 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EU Flagship "AQTION" project
Amount € 1,500,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 820495 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description Established Career Fellowship (Kashefi)
Amount £1,237,804 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N003829/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2020
 
Description Exploring the Commercial Applications of Quantum Technologies (Bath)
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 102247 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 05/2016
 
Description Exploring the Commercial Applications of Quantum Technologies (Bay/Nokia)
Amount £124,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 131882 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 04/2016
 
Description FQXi Large Grant
Amount $76,296 (USD)
Organisation Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United States
Start 07/2015 
 
Description Feasibility Study for QWISPS
Amount £110,436 (GBP)
Funding ID 131877 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Feasibility study for next-generation light source for Satellite Quantum Key Distribution
Amount £255,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 27534 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 02/2020
 
Description Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Amount £32,494 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description LIMQUET MSCA-ITN 2 PhD positions
Amount € 546,575 (EUR)
Funding ID 765075 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
 
Description MITAS: Miniaturised Ion Trap Atomic Source
Amount £55,213 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R044562/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Smith EPSRC Strategic Equipment Grant
Amount £1,374,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N010868/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 06/2017
 
Description US Army project on microwave quantum logic gates
Amount $1,400,000 (USD)
Organisation US Army 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 07/2018 
End 06/2019
 
Description University Research Fellowship Morley
Amount £334,173 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 10/2020
 
Description Allectra - Sussex - Ultra High Vacuum Feedthroughs for QT 
Organisation University of Sussex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £111,985 to a user project to develop versatile, and truly ultra-high vacuum compatible optical fibre feedthroughs, for ion-trap based systems and has relevance in other areas.
Collaborator Contribution Allectra provides the design, product definition, market research, materials and manufacturing and testing of prototypes. University of Sussex has unique expertise in optical fibre feedthrough designs and fabrication
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description BAE Systems Jaksch 
Organisation BAE Systems
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Professor Dieter Jaksch at the University of Oxford has undertaken the technical aspects of the project, using dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) as a test algorithm for simulation of quantum systems.
Collaborator Contribution BAE Systems acted as an industrial supervisor to monitor progress on the project and provide direction to ensure the work produced is industrially relevant
Impact No tangible outcomes yet.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bruker Morley 
Organisation Bruker Corporation
Department Bruker BioSpin
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Gavin Morley and his group at the University of Warwick are designing and developing towards a magnetic field tensor gradiometer using four diamonds.
Collaborator Contribution Bruker are assessing the commercial competitiveness of this magnetometer over vapour cell magnetometers.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Clas-SIC - Heriot-Watt - Durham - Quantum sensing of electric fields in SiC devices 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £70,166 for a user project to utilise quantum technology to measure, with high sensitivity and spatial resolution, the properties of high-voltage power electronic devices, to optimize their use in electric vehicles.
Collaborator Contribution Clas-SiC - provide 6 silicon carbide wafers worth £60,000 Heriot-Watt - Optically-Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) experiments will be undertaken at Heriot Watt University, using a custom confocal microscope equipped with radio-frequency for spin driving. Durham - will work with the engineers at Clas-SiC to develop optimised high voltage devices using their existing simulation software
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Clas-SIC - Heriot-Watt - Durham - Quantum sensing of electric fields in SiC devices 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £70,166 for a user project to utilise quantum technology to measure, with high sensitivity and spatial resolution, the properties of high-voltage power electronic devices, to optimize their use in electric vehicles.
Collaborator Contribution Clas-SiC - provide 6 silicon carbide wafers worth £60,000 Heriot-Watt - Optically-Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) experiments will be undertaken at Heriot Watt University, using a custom confocal microscope equipped with radio-frequency for spin driving. Durham - will work with the engineers at Clas-SiC to develop optimised high voltage devices using their existing simulation software
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Cold Quanta Hensinger 
Organisation Cold Quanta
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Winfried Heninsger at the University of Sussex is working with Cold Quanta on the design and fabrication of vacuum systems.
Collaborator Contribution Cold Quanta have expertise in this field.
Impact No tangible outcomes yet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ColdQuanta Stevens 
Organisation Cold Quanta
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Chris Stevens at Oxford University is designing a bench demonstration device designed for delivering ~300 V narrowband RF (30-50 MHz) through a vacuum barrier.
Collaborator Contribution ColdQuanta will integrate the MIW demonstration device developed at Oxford University into a UHV package to demonstrate feasibility for future trapped ion packages
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Element Six Morley 
Organisation De Beers Group
Department Element Six
Country Luxembourg 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Gavin Morley's group is characterizing the concentrations of colour centres in diamond.
Collaborator Contribution Element Six is providing the diamonds.
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description Gooch & Housego O'Brien 
Organisation Gooch & Housego
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The NQIT project is setting the requirement for Acoustic-Optical Shifters for Quantum Computers - lasers that operate at blue and near UV wavelengths and require fast switching of the optical power.
Collaborator Contribution Gooch & Housego is using its expertise to develop devices for the blue and near UV wavelengths
Impact No tangible outcomes yet.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Haydale Graphene Industries - Cambridge - Large-scale single-photon source array formation in atomically thin materials 
Organisation Haydale
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £70,925 to a user project to research large arrays of single photon sources for quantum computing and other fields.
Collaborator Contribution Haydale Graphene - £30k worth of materials and consumables, as well as offer direct access to their layered material surface functionalisation system Cambridge - developing integrated fabrication process (e.g. silica-on silicon) to build the photonic emitters at for generating single photon sources at the predetermined coordinates.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Haydale Graphene Industries - Cambridge - Large-scale single-photon source array formation in atomically thin materials 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £70,925 to a user project to research large arrays of single photon sources for quantum computing and other fields.
Collaborator Contribution Haydale Graphene - £30k worth of materials and consumables, as well as offer direct access to their layered material surface functionalisation system Cambridge - developing integrated fabrication process (e.g. silica-on silicon) to build the photonic emitters at for generating single photon sources at the predetermined coordinates.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description HighFinesse - Sussex - Ultra-stabile current supply and switch for quantum electronics 
Organisation University of Sussex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT contributed £208,052 to a user project to develop an ultra-stable power supply for trapped ion quantum computing, which would benefit both Sussex and Oxford's ion-trap groups, and have uses in other areas that require a precision currently unavailable. This challenging project aims to develop a 10 A unit with an output current stability at <5*10^-6 level and fast (5 µs) switching unit.
Collaborator Contribution HighFinesse are developing the hardware and control units with Sussex designing the modules and control interfaces
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description IBM (NY) - Sheffield - Developing simulation software for quantum computers 
Organisation IBM
Department IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £60,413 to a user project to emulate quantum computers on classical hardware. The project utilises a new breed of "stabiliser simulators" to breakthrough current limits of 40 qubits on classical computers.
Collaborator Contribution IBM has contributed $30,000 in staff time from scientists (Sergey Bravyi and David Gosset) and the QIS tool-kit team; hosting a visit to IBM Sheffield University will develop a first generation of open-source simulation software that is fast, flexible, user-friendly and uses enhanced algorithms.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description IBM (NY) - Sheffield - Developing simulation software for quantum computers 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £60,413 to a user project to emulate quantum computers on classical hardware. The project utilises a new breed of "stabiliser simulators" to breakthrough current limits of 40 qubits on classical computers.
Collaborator Contribution IBM has contributed $30,000 in staff time from scientists (Sergey Bravyi and David Gosset) and the QIS tool-kit team; hosting a visit to IBM Sheffield University will develop a first generation of open-source simulation software that is fast, flexible, user-friendly and uses enhanced algorithms.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description IBM Q - IBM Q Oxford Hub 
Organisation IBM
Department IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NQIT has facilitated an agreement with IBM Q and Oxford University to develop new applications for a quantum computer and will enhance Oxford's and the UK's capability in quantum technology.
Collaborator Contribution IBM Q provides access to their quantum computing platforms Oxford University, being an IBM Q Hub Partner, conducts research and provides training to industry interested in the IBM Q quantum programme.
Impact The IBM Q Oxford Hub has actively organised and participated in various events to promote the Hub and its work, engaging with researchers and industry: • IBM Q Hub launch with the IBM Q exhibit installed in Oxford Physics state-of-the-art building, the Beecroft. Professor Ian Walmsley, then Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Research attending. • IBM Q business briefing at Oxford with business leaders from diverse sectors across the UK • Oxford Innovation Society dinner - with keynote delivered by Anthony Annunziata and Christine Ouyang on the industry panel • IBM Q at NQIT industry Day - where NQIT, the UK's quantum computing hub, hosts its annual industry event to promote quantum computing in the UK • QISkit workshop at the NQIT Skills Forum (with 80 researchers attending from across the UK) • IBM Q at Venturefest Oxford, an event that supports the innovation ecosystem in the region, attracting businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and investors. • IBM Q partnering a quantum computing hackathon in London with IBM Q Oxford Hub representative attending • IBM Q Hub represented at a London Quantum Computing meetup • IBM Q and Oxford at the GI2: GLOBAL INNOVATION INSTITUTE in Paris with a joint panel on quantum computing. This event attracted 40 senior executives from FinTech. • IBM Q at the Quantum Technologies Showcase - the UK's premier government and industry showcase for the National Quantum technologies Programme • IBM Q joint industry engagement activities with Oxford e.g. Johnson Matthey, Rolls Royce.
Start Year 2018
 
Description ID Quantique Smith 
Organisation Fraunhofer Society
Department Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Jason Smith and his group at the University of Oxford will produce a reference design report and develop a prototype single photon source
Collaborator Contribution ID Quantique will produce a market-informed Single Photon Source report
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description ID Quantique Smith 
Organisation ID Quantique
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Professor Jason Smith and his group at the University of Oxford will produce a reference design report and develop a prototype single photon source
Collaborator Contribution ID Quantique will produce a market-informed Single Photon Source report
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Kuhn Matthews Bristol 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department School of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Axel Kuhn is collaborating with Jonathan Matthews in Bristol on atom-photon interfaces.
Collaborator Contribution Jonathan contributed expertise in measurement with quantum states of light.
Impact A paper has been deposited on arXiV: "Photonic Quantum Logic with Narrowband Light from Single Atoms", but this has not been published yet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description LDT Design - Leeds - Quantum-enhanced bio-sensing with rare earth ions 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £55,202 to a user project for "quantum-enhanced bio-sensing with rare earth ions", whose purpose is to develop a non-invasive sensor for measuring blood glucose levels. This is a innovation of the quantum research supported by NQIT for wider societal and economic impact.
Collaborator Contribution The sensing is based on the detection of fluorescence from the surface of a specially nano-engineered silica glass, which is embedded with rare earth ions. The ions are laser-driven into the silica glass and interact optically with the biomolecules in their immediate proximity on the other side of the glass surface through the skin. The proposed sensing technique is non-invasive and could end the daily finger pricking of people with diabetes by measuring blood glucose concentrations through the skin. The main purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding of the optical mechanism and to optimise the current laser sensor using quantum optical methods. Moreover, we plan to investigate the possibility of further enhancing its performance through photon correlation measurements and quantum feedback. LDT Design are a product design and development business who have committed £7000 in the prototype and design of the glucose sensor.
Impact - Redesign the sensor to improve its performance; - Improve the theoretical modelling and prepared a scientific paper; - Set up of a proof-of-principle experiment to verify the expected performance-enhancement of the new sensing platform. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.97.043827
Start Year 2018
 
Description Leek collaboration with Ginossar University of Surrey 
Organisation University of Surrey
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Peter Leek is working with Dr Eran Ginossar at the University of Surrey on understanding new types of superconducting qubit readout and development of optimal control for high fidelity superconducting qubit operations.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Ginossar is an expert in theory/simulation of superconducting circuits.
Impact No outputs yet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Nunn collaboration with Gu 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Joshua Nunn is working with Dr Erdan Gu in Strathclyde on a new collaboration to enhance the memory interaction in NV centres.
Collaborator Contribution Strathclyde are fabricating diamond cavities.
Impact No outputs yet.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd - Element 6 - Warwick - StrathClyde - Plasma etching to enable single NV-centres creation 
Organisation De Beers Group
Department Element Six
Country Luxembourg 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £108,870 to try new plasma etching techniques to create the first diamond membranes containing single nitrogen vacancy centres with good optical and spin properties for quantum computing.
Collaborator Contribution Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology provides the etching tools, staff and laboratory facilities (£50,000) Element 6 provides diamonds that cannot be commercially obtained and in-kind staff time (£10,000) Strathclyde have expertise in plasma etching methods. Warwick will test the spin properties using ODMR Oxford will test using photoluminescence at liquid helium temperatures.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd - Element 6 - Warwick - StrathClyde - Plasma etching to enable single NV-centres creation 
Organisation Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £108,870 to try new plasma etching techniques to create the first diamond membranes containing single nitrogen vacancy centres with good optical and spin properties for quantum computing.
Collaborator Contribution Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology provides the etching tools, staff and laboratory facilities (£50,000) Element 6 provides diamonds that cannot be commercially obtained and in-kind staff time (£10,000) Strathclyde have expertise in plasma etching methods. Warwick will test the spin properties using ODMR Oxford will test using photoluminescence at liquid helium temperatures.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd - Element 6 - Warwick - StrathClyde - Plasma etching to enable single NV-centres creation 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £108,870 to try new plasma etching techniques to create the first diamond membranes containing single nitrogen vacancy centres with good optical and spin properties for quantum computing.
Collaborator Contribution Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology provides the etching tools, staff and laboratory facilities (£50,000) Element 6 provides diamonds that cannot be commercially obtained and in-kind staff time (£10,000) Strathclyde have expertise in plasma etching methods. Warwick will test the spin properties using ODMR Oxford will test using photoluminescence at liquid helium temperatures.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd - Element 6 - Warwick - StrathClyde - Plasma etching to enable single NV-centres creation 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £108,870 to try new plasma etching techniques to create the first diamond membranes containing single nitrogen vacancy centres with good optical and spin properties for quantum computing.
Collaborator Contribution Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology provides the etching tools, staff and laboratory facilities (£50,000) Element 6 provides diamonds that cannot be commercially obtained and in-kind staff time (£10,000) Strathclyde have expertise in plasma etching methods. Warwick will test the spin properties using ODMR Oxford will test using photoluminescence at liquid helium temperatures.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd - Element 6 - Warwick - StrathClyde - Plasma etching to enable single NV-centres creation 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NQIT has contributed £108,870 to try new plasma etching techniques to create the first diamond membranes containing single nitrogen vacancy centres with good optical and spin properties for quantum computing.
Collaborator Contribution Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology provides the etching tools, staff and laboratory facilities (£50,000) Element 6 provides diamonds that cannot be commercially obtained and in-kind staff time (£10,000) Strathclyde have expertise in plasma etching methods. Warwick will test the spin properties using ODMR Oxford will test using photoluminescence at liquid helium temperatures.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Route Monkey Heriot-Watt 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Researchers from NQIT are working on discovering novel quantum circuit designs that could become the basis of new quantum algorithm building blocks
Collaborator Contribution Route Monkey has identifed the key target subroutines to focus on from their state of the art logistics optimisation code.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Route Monkey Heriot-Watt 
Organisation Route Monkey
PI Contribution Researchers from NQIT are working on discovering novel quantum circuit designs that could become the basis of new quantum algorithm building blocks
Collaborator Contribution Route Monkey has identifed the key target subroutines to focus on from their state of the art logistics optimisation code.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description TMD Mosley 
Organisation TMD Technologies Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Peter Mosley and colleagues at the University of Bath will demonstrate the potential of next-generation coatings to enhance the properties of alkali metal vapours inside hollow-core fibre (HCF) and high-aspect-ratio vapour cells.
Collaborator Contribution TMD will provide access to a fibre-filling rig recently developed as part of a project, FEmtosecond Measurement Technology Options (FEMTO), funded by Innovate UK's quantum technology programme.
Impact no outputs yet
Start Year 2017
 
Title CALIBRATION OF PARTICLE DETECTORS 
Description A method of calibrating an optical detector arrangement comprises simultaneously generating a plurality of entangled photon pairs, such that one photon from each pair traverses a first path and the other photon from each pair traverses a second path. The number of photons received along the first path is calculated using the detector arrangement, while the number of simultaneously-generated photons received along the second path is calculated using a second detector arrangement. These photon numbers are used to calculated an estimate of the detection efficiency (50) of the first detector arrangement. 
IP Reference US2011276296 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2011
Licensed No
Impact none
 
Title ELECTROMAGNETIC FREQUENCY CONVERTER 
Description An electromagnetic frequency converter includes an atomic ensemble; one or more first sources (6, 8) of electromagnetic radiation (P, R) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble to excite atomic valence electrons from a ground state to a first Rydberg state; one or more second sources (6, 14) of electromagnetic radiation (A, C) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble to excite atomic valence electrons from an excited state to a second Rydberg state; a first input (20) and/or output (26) for electromagnetic radiation (L) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble from the first input or received from the atomic ensemble at the first output; and a second input (14) and/or output (24) for electromagnetic radiation (M) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble from the second input or received from the atomic ensemble at the second output. 
IP Reference US2018373118 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2018
Licensed Yes
Impact None
 
Title ELECTROMAGNETIC FREQUENCY CONVERTER 
Description An electromagnetic frequency converter includes an atomic ensemble; one or more first sources (6, 8) of electromagnetic radiation (P, R) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble to excite atomic valence electrons from a ground state to a first Rydberg state; one or more second sources (6, 14) of electromagnetic radiation (A, C) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble to excite atomic valence electrons from an excited state to a second Rydberg state; a first input (20) and/or output (26) for electromagnetic radiation (L) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble from the first input or received from the atomic ensemble at the first output; and a second input (14) and/or output (24) for electromagnetic radiation (M) to be incident upon the atomic ensemble from the second input or received from the atomic ensemble at the second output. 
IP Reference WO2017109475 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2017
Licensed No
Impact none
 
Title INTERFEROMETER AND METHOD OF DESIGNING AN INTERFEROMETER 
Description A universal interferometer (100) for coupling modes of electromagnetic radiation according to a transformation has N inputs and N outputs for inputting and outputting N modes of electromagnetic radiation into and from the interferometer. Waveguides (101, 102, 103, 104, 105) pass through the interferometer to connect the N inputs to the N outputs and to carry the N modes of electromagnetic radiation. The waveguides provide crossing points between pairs of waveguides and a reconfigurable beam splitter (107) implements a reconfigurable reflectivity and a reconfigurable phase shift at each crossing point. The waveguides and crossing points are arranged such that each of the N modes of electromagnetic radiation is capable of coupling with each of the other modes of electromagnetic radiation at respective reconfigurable beam splitters. The couplings between modes at the reconfigurable beam splitters are configured such that the interferometer implements a transformation of the N modes between the N inputs and the N outputs. 
IP Reference WO2017144895 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2017
Licensed No
Impact none
 
Title QUANTUM MEMORY DEVICE 
Description A quantum memory device includes an atomic ensemble (4) and a signal source of electromagnetic radiation (10) for generating modes to be stored and having a frequency corresponding to an off-resonant transition between first and second states in the atomic ensemble. The quantum memory device also includes a control source of electromagnetic radiation (12) for generating electromagnetic radiation having a frequency corresponding to an off-resonant atomic transition between second and third states in the atomic ensemble; the third state has a higher energy than the second state which has a higher energy than the first state. The signal source and the control source create a coherent excitation of the transition between the first state and the third state such that the atomic ensemble stores the signal source modes, and the control source subsequently stimulates emission of the stored modes from the atomic ensemble. 
IP Reference WO2017212212 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2017
Licensed No
Impact none
 
Title QUBIT COUPLING 
Description A method of forming coupling interactions between three or more information qubits (3) in a qubit ensemble (5), the method including: coupling the information qubits (3) to each other; coupling each of the information qubits (3) to each of one or more ancilla qubits (9); and controlling the interaction between the information qubits (3) by applying a bias to the one or more ancilla qubits (9), such that the low energy states of the qubit ensemble (5) include three-or-more-body coupling effects between information qubits (3). 
IP Reference WO2017163019 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2017
Licensed No
Impact none
 
Title RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR 
Description A method (300) for generating random numbers including: mixing (304) a bright quantum state in a first mode with a vacuum input (15), in a two mode transformation for mixing the first mode and an orthogonal second mode; after mixing, detecting (306) the intensity in the first mode, and the second mode; generating random numbers (312) based on the difference between the detected intensity of the first mode and the second mode; and simultaneously to generating random numbers, certifying the numbers as random, based on the sum of the detected intensity of the first mode and the second mode, wherein certifying confirms that the process by which the random numbers are generated is quantum in origin and so the numbers are random. 
IP Reference WO2018087516 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2018
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact None
 
Title SPECTROMETER 
Description A spectrometer for temporally separating electromagnetic radiation (10) includes a cavity (105) having first and second reflecting mirrors (1, 2, 4, 5). The first mirror (1, 2) has an aperture (8) arranged to allow electromagnetic radiation (10) to be input into the cavity (105). The spectrometer also includes an imaging device (3) between the first and second mirrors (1, 2, 4, 5) that defines an optical axis of the cavity (105) and performs spatial Fourier transforms of the electromagnetic radiation (10). The first and/or second mirrors (1, 2, 4, 5) has a normal that is arranged at a non-parallel angle to the optical axis, such that the position and/or angle of incidence of electromagnetic radiation (10) on the second mirror is shifted after each round trip. The second mirror (4, 5) allows a wavelength component (14) of the electromagnetic radiation to be output from the cavity (105) when the position and/or angle of incidence of the electromagnetic radiation on the second mirror (4,) after one or more round trips of the cavity (105) exceeds a threshold. 
IP Reference WO2017137765 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2017
Licensed No
Impact none
 
Title QuEST 
Description The Quantum Exact Simulation Toolkit is a high performance simulator of universal quantum circuits, state vectors and density matrices. QuEST can be used by both C and C++, is open source, multithreaded, distributed and GPU-accelerated. Needing only compilation, QuEST is easy to run both on laptops and supercomputers, where it can take advantage of multicore and networked machines to quickly simulate circuits on many qubits. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact More than 50% of the papers (preprint or published) in Professor Simon Benjamin's group have utilised this software. See https://arxiv.org/find/quant-ph/1/au:+Benjamin_S/0/1/0/all/0/1 
URL https://quest.qtechtheory.org/
 
Company Name Oxford HighQ Ltd 
Description Oxford HighQ is a spinout from the University of Oxford's Departments of Materials and Chemistry that will produce next generation chemical and nanoparticle sensors that offer a step change in fluid-based sensing across a wide range of applications and markets. The company has been awarded £900k of InnovateUK funding and incorporated in October 2017. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact too early
Website http://www.oxfordhighq.com/
 
Company Name Oxford Quantum Circuits Limited 
Description Quantum Motion Technologies was founded on the research undertaken by Professor Simon Benjamin (Department of Materials, University of Oxford) and Professor John Morton (University College London). The company was formed in June 2017, and is aiming to build a universal quantum computer that would be able to tackle the full range of quantum applications. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact none yet
 
Company Name Oxford Quantum Circuits Limited 
Description The company was founded by Dr Peter Leek, who is based at the Clarendon Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and is aiming to build a quantum computer based upon a superconducting circuit approach to forming qubits. The intention is to leverage the latest technology in this field and overcome the key challenge that has confounded researchers to-date: scaling the system up to a large number of qubits. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact none yet
Website https://www.linkedin.com/company/oxford-quantum-circuits
 
Company Name NQIE LIMITED 
Description This company is in formation and with founders Thomas Harty and Chris Ballance from the Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and will develop ion-trap technologies 
Year Established 2019 
Impact None
 
Company Name UNIVERSAL QUANTUM LTD 
Description This company is in formation and with founders Winnie Hensinger and Sebastian Weidt from the Department of Physics, University of Sussex, and will develop a scalable quantum computer system using ion-trap technologies 
Year Established 2018 
Impact None
 
Description An Evening of Quantum Discovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "An Evening of Quantum Discovery" was an event we held for the general public in the Physics Department in Oxford held on October 17 2017. It was co-organised by the Physics Department Outreach Officer, the NQIT Communications Manager and the Quantum Materials Outreach Officer. The event was divided into a family-friendly set of activities from 5pm to 6.30pm and then activities for a general 12+ audience from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The quantum theme included a wide range of physics topics such as quantum computing, photonics, quantum materials, and superconductivity. Activities included:
- 20-minute talks by members of the Physics Department
- Guided lab tours in 6 labs
- A hands-on science fair with 7 stalls
- A "Quantum Story Corner" for children
- Voting for your favourite image in a Quantum Photography Competition
- More than 150 people attended on the night and we had some great feedback from visitors:
"We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and thank everyone for all the work they put into making it such an interesting and stimulating event."
"Interactive, amazing, not one bit was boring and completely captivated my children's minds and my own, wish it was that interesting at school"
36 students and researchers from the department volunteered to help with lab tours, talks and the science fair. 97% of visitors who responded to the feedback survey said they enjoyed the event; 88% said that their understanding of quantum physics had improved "a lot" or "a little" from this event and 84% said they were inspired to learn more about quantum physics. We asked visitors about "science capital" and were interested to see that 35% of respondents said that, outside of school or work, they only talk about science with other people once a month or less, which indicates we were reaching an audience that doesn't involve science in their lives on a regular basis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/evening-quantum-discovery
 
Description BBC Click Quantum at Solstice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT researchers were featured heavily in a BBC Click documentary about quantum technologies. Nearly half of the 30 minute programme was devoted to quantum computing, with interviews with several NQIT researchers and footage from the National Quantum Technologies Showcase in November 2017. The journalists who worked on the programme were very keen to find out more about our work and said they are interested in producing a follow-up programme in 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09jlw4y/click-quantum-at-solstice
 
Description Becker - ATOM Science Market 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The festival delivered diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events to allow local people to discover world-class science and technology taking place on their doorstep, as well as learning about the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen. This included optics demonstrations on the Oxford Optics and Photonics Student Society (OxOPS) stall and NQIT's work on Quantum Computing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/03/29/oxford-physics-at-the-atom-festival
 
Description Beige Pint of Science Leeds 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Almut Beige gave a talk about "Bright Computers?" as part of the Pint of Science public engagement event in Leeds in May 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Benjamin - Cambridge University Physics Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Introduction to Quantum Computing and current work of NQIT to a young audience at the Cambridge University Physics Society. The subject of the talk was "Harnessing the Quantum World"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QbHynuqeKg
 
Description Benjamin - Google Quantum Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An event in Los Angeles to promote NQIT's work on quantum computing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Benjamin - YCombinator 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact You Tube Interview with Y Combinator, seed funding company for startups interviewed Professor Simon Benjamin on "Architectures for Quantum Computing".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHZKDTJJknE
 
Description British Computer Society (Oxfordshire) talk Seb Weidt 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Seb Weidt gave a talk entitled "Quantum Computers and their potential to revolutionise our lives" at the AGM of the Oxfordshire branch of the British Computing Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.oxon.bcs.org/programme/quantum-computers-and-their-potential-to-revolutionise-our-lives-a...
 
Description British Embassy Seoul UK Alumni Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ian Walmsley gave a talk entitled "A New Generation of Computers: Towards Quantum 2.0 Technologies" to a group of UK alumni at the British Embassy in Seoul. This stimulated increased interest in quantum research in a group which wouldn't necessarily get to hear the research message often.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Can We Build A Quantum Computer? - Cheltenham Science Festival 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Quantum physicists Gavin Morley, Winfried Hensinger and Elham Kashefi discussed with an audience of around 200 members of the general public how the theory of quantum computing will ever become reality. This prompted discussion and interest in the research, and demonstrable interest on social media too (99 "Likes" on Facebook, for example).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/whats-on/2015/can-we-build-a-quantum-computer/
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact NQIT researchers participated at the Quantum City stall, the joint public engagement initiative by partners of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, featuring interactive activities to highlight quantum key distribution and exhibits such as ion traps, a single pixel camera, magnetometers and atomic clocks, Quantum City demonstrated how new research in quantum properties translated to emerging technologies that could have an impact on everyday life in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/about-the-festival/free-activities-on-site-2018/
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over three days, a group of NQIT researchers and graduate students demonstrated the fundamental physics behind our approach to quantum computing - ion traps and photonics - and explained some of its potential applications. We used a rotating saddle trap that keeps a ping pong ball stable while it spins to illustrate how we use a rotating electric field to trap single ions in an ion trap. This was then further demonstrated with a dust trap where electrostatically-charged grains of sand are trapped inside a static electric field.

We showed visitors how you can control light with a beautifully simple demonstration involving shining a laser pointer into a flow of water - the photons follow the curving path of the water in just the same way that they flow down an fibre optic cable providing internet to peoples' homes or photonic networking in our quantum computer.

We explained why quantum computers will be faster than regular computers using a fun and quick game of "snap" with a twist that the 'regular computer' has to sort through the deck of cards one card at a time whereas the 'quantum computer' can see all the cards face-up on the table because they are in a "quantum superposition of all possible solutions".

Lastly, we invited visitors to find the pirate treasure (and win a chocolate coin) by finding the shortest route to search all the locations on the treasure map. This is a demonstration of the Travelling Salesman problem - it's not that difficult to solve for a handful of points on a map, but the complexity increases exponentially as you add more points to the map. This is the sort of problem that quantum computers are likely to be able to solve considerably more quickly than classical computers. Hundreds of visitors to the festival - young and old - visited our stand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/nqit-cheltenham-science-festival
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival Variety Night: An Evening of Unnecessary Detail 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gavin Morley did 8 minutes of stand-up comedy on "Quantum Weirdness" to an audience of over 600 members of the general topic. This enagaged the interest of the audience in a complex area of research in an accessible way, and also prompted interest on social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/whats-on/2015/science-festival-variety-night-an-evening-o...
 
Description Choi London Sessions - Next Gen Tech - Advanced Computing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Join the next London Session at Entrepreneur First, where they tackle the rapidly changing landscape of Advanced Computing! They'll be diving into cryptography and cybersecurity, building meaningful applications on the blockchain, the disruptive force of quantum technologies....and of course anything else you want to add in our Q&A panel!
Dr Iris Choi, NQIT Technology Associate, will be on the panel, along with Nathan Benaich, Co-Founder of London.AI, Katie Bilton, Head of Community for CyLon, the UK & Europe's first cyber security accelerator programme, and Imogen Bunyard, COO and Co-Founder of Zerado, a London based blockchain consultancy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/london-sessions-next-gen-tech-advanced-computing
 
Description Diamond More than a Gemstone exhibit at Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gavin Morley and his group at the University of Warwick had an exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in 2016 called "Diamond: more than just a gemstone", which explained the exciting uses of diamond in new technologies, including for quantum computing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2016/summer-science-exhibition/exhibits/diamond...
 
Description Dunningham Sussex Universe Lecture Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Jacob Dunningham gave a talk entitled "Made to measure: using quantum to see more" as part of the Sussex Universe Lecture Series. These talks are organised by Sussex University undergraduate students, and are aimed at a level suitable for undergraduates and A-level students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sussexuniverselectureseries.wordpress.com/page/
 
Description Festival of Ideas, York, quantum panel session 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Hensinger was a panelist on the session: The Shape of Things to Come? Life in the Quantum Age.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2018/talks/life-in-the-quantum-age/
 
Description Future of the Workplace Brighton Chamber of Commerce 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk and panel discussion on "The future of the workplace", Brighton 20/09/17 given by Dr Seb Weidt, organised by the Brighton Chamber of Commerce
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-the-workplace-tickets-36272115875#
 
Description Hensinger - Government Digital Services Academy - 13 December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk on Quantum computers - the world's most incredible machines
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gds-academy-masterclasses
 
Description Hensinger - National Quantum Technologies Showcase - 9 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Sussex Ion Quantum Technology Group had two individual exhibits at the 2018 National Quantum Technologies Showcase, November 9, 2018, more than 500, industry and business, requests for further involvement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-national-quantum-technologies-showcase-2018-tickets-45798298945#
 
Description Hensinger - NewScientist - 1 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article entitled: "A zap from a laser could make bigger quantum computers possible"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.newscientist.com/article/2184236-a-zap-from-a-laser-could-make-bigger-quantum-computers-...
 
Description Hensinger - Radio 4 Today Programme - 15 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Comment on quantum technology breakthroughs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b5qnjq
 
Description Hensinger - The Daily Mail - 1 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Daily Mail articles "A super-fast 'quantum internet' for everyone is one step closer to reality as British researchers make a major breakthrough" published on 1 Nov 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6338899/A-super-fast-quantum-internet-one-step-close...
 
Description Hensinger - The Telegraph interview - 5 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Telegraph article entitles: "Scientists plan to build new quantum computing facility in Brighton". Professor Hensinger said "It's now time to translate academic achievements into the construction of practical machines. We're in a fantastic position to do this at Sussex and my team is working round the clock to make large-scale quantum computing a future reality."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/11/05/scientists-plan-build-new-quantum-computing-facili...
 
Description Hensinger - University of Ulm - 4 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Guest lecture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hensinger - University of Worcester (Combined IOP/IET/BCS) - 16 October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact There were 151 attendees at the lecture entitled "The emergence of quantum computers: Technology and societal implications"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hensinger - York Festival of Ideas - 11 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Shape of Things to Come? Life in the quantum age - an expert panel consisting of Steve Beaumont, Kai Bongs, Winfried Hensinger and Timothy Spiller at the York Festival of Ideas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hensinger Brighton Nerd Night 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Winfried Hensinger gave an invited lecture at Brighton Nerd Night, 25th October 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brighton.nerdnite.com/2017/10/10/nerd-nite-brighton-45-waves-vision-quantum/
 
Description Hensinger British Science Festival 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Winfried Hensinger was invited by the Physics Section of the British Science Association to deliver a public lecture at the British Science Festival 5 September, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hensinger Devoxx UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Winfried Hensinger was invited to give the opening keynote address at a highly prestigious software developers conference (DEVOXX UK) with more than 1000 attendees, 11-12th May, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHw6ikgknXQ&t=0s&list=PLRsbF2sD7JVq8QYW0vlbOS2JuXUWaWMnT&index=2
 
Description Hensinger Gadget Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Winfried Hensinger participated on Channel 4's Gadget Show with a feature on his work on quantum computing, broadcast 31 March 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.my5.tv/the-gadget-show/season-25/episode-3
 
Description Hensinger IOP Northern Ireland John Bell lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Winfried Hensinger was invited to deliver the IOP Northern Ireland John Bell lecture at a special public event and concert in Belfast on Feb. 15
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.events.iop.org/e/entangled---john-bell-lecture--concert-performance-0e3a087a4fa24a748a81...
 
Description Hensinger Naked Scientist Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Winfried Hensinger was interviewed on the Naked Scientist Podcast 25 July 2017. This podcast was distributed via UK and Australian Radio and online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/quantum-computer-plans-unveiled
 
Description Hensinger New Scientist Instant Expert Quantum Revolution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact New Scientist presents... Instant Expert: The Quantum Revolution. This was a one-day masterclass where six leading experts, including Professor Winfried Hensinger, guided the audience through one of today's most exciting fields of science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/instant-expert-the-quantum-revolution-tickets-35014009846?aff=nsevent...
 
Description Hensinger Pint of Science 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Winfried Hensinger was invited to give a public lecture entitled "Quantum Computing: The world's most incredible machines" in London as part of the Pint of Science festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/small-is-beautiful
 
Description Hensinger Quantum computer exhibition London Science Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 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. 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.
Once confined to science fiction - quantum theory predictions include that an object can be in two places at the same time - quantum computers are now becoming a reality, with the University of Sussex among those leading the development.
The technology is so powerful that quantum computers will be able to calculate in minutes what would take even today's fastest supercomputers billions of years. Unlike current computing, which uses binary codes, quantum computers instead use quantum states. It has enormous implications for a broad range of sectors such as finance, science and security.
Last year the University of Sussex published the world's first practical blueprint for constructing a quantum computer. It followed collaboration with scientists around the world and Google US. The Sussex team is now in the process of building a prototype device, and are ramping up their efforts to build what may be the most powerful computer on earth.
Dr Sebastian Weidt, Senior Scientist in the Ion Quantum Technology group at the University of Sussex, is the lead physicist on the exhibition. He and colleagues will be talking to members of the public at a series of live events at the Science Museum between 13th and 15th February. Visitors will have the chance to remotely take control of a small-scale quantum computer that is located at the University of Sussex.
Dr Weidt said: "It has been a fantastic experience and a great pleasure to work with the Science Museum on this exhibition and help explain this potentially world-changing technology to the public.
"I am particularly thrilled visitors will be able to see some of the core quantum computer components currently under development at the University of Sussex. It'll help people get a real feel for what these machines look like. I am also very much looking forward to having the opportunity to talk to the general public about our work at the Science Museum Tomorrow's World Live events."
Amy Pollak, Content Developer at the Science Museum, said: "Quantum computers may soon have a significant impact on all of our lives. So it's great for us to be working with the University of Sussex to share this exciting and cutting edge technology with our visitors."
Visitors will learn about some of the most important underlying principles of how a quantum computer works and what makes it so powerful. They will learn how these computers will be useful, and may change our lives. A model of the vacuum system used in the University of Sussex's quantum computer prototype will be on display. The exhibition will also show a silicon wafer comprising 64 quantum computing microchips, which is the heart of the quantum computer being developed at Sussex
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blog.sciencemuseum.org.uk/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-quantum/
 
Description Hensinger walk-in quantum computer installation British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Winfried Hensinger and his group at the University of Sussex exhibited a walk-in quantum computer installation at the British Science Festival 5-9 September 2018 in Brighton. They created a walk in quantum computer installation in order to provide an authentic quantum computing experience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.britishsciencefestival.org/event/discover-quantum-an-immersive-laboratory-experience-4/
 
Description Hensinger walk-in quantum computer installation Spitalfields 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We have created a walk in quantum computer installation. This is the first time a UK university has taken Quantum Technology to the streets and invited the public along to see the ground-breaking work being carried out in order to develop quantum computers. The designed structure houses four amazing exhibits that will help develop a greater understanding of QT for anyone entering the space. Visitors to the quantum computer installation are able to quiz the team on how their discoveries may shape the future, watch immersive video projections of experiments being carried out in the lab and see exhibits including real chips used in quantum computer as well as a simulation of the vacuum system that enables quantum computation along with other interactive exhibits. The team explains what it's like to work at the cutting edge of scientific research and how this might help solve some of life's most complex problems. The installation was taken in the centre of London's financial district, Spitalfields Markets, in order to interact with the general public. It was also exhibited at the British Science Festival in Brighton.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xEoZdFkn1E
 
Description How will Quantum Technologies change how you do business? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In July 2016, NQIT's KE fund award was used to host an event for local businesses entitled "How will Quantum Technologies change how you do business?". Around 50 people from a range of businesses along with members of the public came to the evening session at the Oxford Martin School, which is an interdisciplinary research centre. The attendees were given talks about business opportunities, an introduction to current research, and responsible research and innovation (RRI), from NQIT's Co-Director for User Engagement, one of our researchers in Cambridge, and an expert in RRI from UCL. These talks were followed by a question and answer session, which gave people the opportunity to engage in more depth with our panel, and finally a networking session. Attendees appreciated "seeing wider opportunities from current near-home engagement" and "improvement of my knowledge of quantum technology". We will use other feedback to optimise future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/how-will-quantum-technologies-change-how-you-do-business
 
Description Inglesant - London Quantum Computing MeetUp 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The role of Responsible Innovation in the National Quantum Technologies programme describing NQIT's leading role, and raising aware of Responsible Innovation issues related to quantum computing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IoP trip to Oxford April 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A group of retired physicists visited Oxford on a trip organised by the Insitute of Physics. Just under 20 people attended and were given a talk by Peter Leek on "Superconducting Quantum Circuits", and also a lab tour. This led to discussion with the group attending on the latest advances in quantum research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.facebook.com/PhysicsOxford/photos/a.625705274196580.1073741841.217580765009035/625705877...
 
Description Leek - National Quantum Technologies Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The first spinout from NQIT, Oxford Quantum Circuits, founded by Peter Leek, was present at the Showcase, engaging with industry and the investment community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Leek - VentureFest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on quantum computing based on superconducting circuit technology, and the first spinout from NQIT, Oxford Quantum Circuits, to commercialise the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lucas - Physics alumni event, Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT's work on quantum computing using ion traps was presented to Physics Alumni. This raised awareness of the National Quantum Technologies Programme, the role of the NQIT Hub and helped communicate the role of the Department of Physics in this pioneering field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lucas - Lab tours for Physics open days 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lab tours to showcasing world-leading research in ion-based qubits to the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lucas - NQIT Industry Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Senior industry/business people engaged with NQIT on progress, opportunities for engagement, funding partnerships
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nqit.ox.ac.uk/sites/www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/files/2018-07/NQIT%20Industry%20Day%20Report%202018.pd...
 
Description Lucas - National Quantum Technologies Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor David Lucas was a member of the NQIT Hub team at the National Quantum Technologies Showcase, to describe the current progress of ion-based quantum computing to industry, government and investors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lucas - VentureFest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Senior industry/business people engaged with NQIT on progress, opportunities for engagement, funding partnerships. There were also A-level students present who were interested in the developments in quantum computing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Minister for Universities and Science visit to NQIT February 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, visited Oxford, where he was shown laboratory and workshop facilities, and met doctoral students, in the University's Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub and Mobile Robotics Group.
The NQIT Directors spoke with Mr Johnson about the UK National Quantum Technology Programme and why quantum technology is such an exciting area for research and technology development. He then was given a tour of our NQIT lab in the Physics Department where Vera Schafer, a doctoral student, and Dr Ben Metcalf, a post-doctoral researcher, explained how their research into ion traps and photonics provide the core hardware for NQIT's Q20:20 quantum computer.
During his visit to Oxford, Mr Johnson announced new Government funding to support DPhil students in engineering and physical sciences, as well as significant funding geared towards boosting the UK's research into quantum technologies.
Mr Johnson said in the press: 'We are committed to securing the UK's position as a world leader in science and innovation. The Government is ensuring major new discoveries happen here, such as the creation of super-powerful quantum computers which scientists are working on in Oxford. This new funding builds on our protection for science spending by supporting research in our world-leading universities and helping to train the science leaders of tomorrow.'
This story featured particularly in the local press but also on the BIS landing page for a few days, and the visit was also retweeted by the Minister on Twitter. This meant that the profile of NQIT was raised outside of the Ministerial visit to a wide range of the general public, as well as the researchers having the opportunity to present the research directly to a politician, who also asked a number of questions about the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/universities-and-science-minister-jo-johnson-visits-nqit-hub
 
Description Morley - Legacy of Stephen Hawking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Live national TV interviews about the legacy of Stephen Hawking, March 2018: The channels were France24, TRT World (Turkey), Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera and CGTN (China).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Morley - National Quantum Technologies Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Leading the team demonstrating the diamond magnetometer developed at University of Warwick at the Quantum Technology Showcases (Westminster, 2018).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Morley - Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pint of Science presentation with Dr Gavin Morley and NQIT PhD student (Yashna Lekhai), Coventry 15th May 2018. The talk was called "Can a diamond be in two places at once?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/diamonds-cats-and-rollercoasters
 
Description Morley Royal Society Parent-Carer-Scientist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Gavin Morley featured in an online booklet from the Royal Society entitled "Parent Carer Scientist". This booklet celebrates the diversity of work life patterns of 150 scientists across the UK with the aim of increasing the visibility of people combining a career in science with a family life. The project aims to encourage and inspire current and future talented scientists to succeed in science regardless of their commitments outside work. Providing information on both their career and their personal journey through a timeline of academic, career and family milestones, this resource highlights the various formulas utilised by mothers, fathers and carers in the efforts to balance a career in science with family life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/diversity-in-science/parent-carer-scientist/
 
Description Morley Warwick Physics Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Gavin Morley gave a talk entitled "Quantum Diamond" for Warwick Physics Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NQIT Industry Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We held our first NQIT Industry Day in July in the beautiful surroundings of Rhodes House, Oxford. It was a unique forum bringing together the national and global investment and business community with key quantum computing scientists and engineers from the UK-wide research consortium.
Together we explored the commercial opportunities of quantum computing and informed the community on important developments within the UK and elsewhere - such as the €1 billion Quantum EU Flagship and NQIT's progress towards the UK Quantum Computer Demonstrator, the so-called Q20:20 engine.

Thirty-two organisations attended, including multi-nationals, SMEs and start-ups from a variety of sectors including manufacturing, aerospace, finance, hi-tech, digital, telecoms, oil and gas, and IT.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/nqit-industry-day
 
Description NQIT Photography Competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT held a Quantum Photography Competition, where we invited students and researchers from around the world working in quantum to submit a photo of their research that best captures the innovation and beauty of their work. We received nine fantastic entries. All the entries were displayed at our Evening of Quantum Discovery, where visitors could vote for their favourite image. 75 people voted and there was a clear winner: David Nadlinger's beautiful image of a single atom in an ion trap (this is also the image that went on to win the EPSRC Science Photography Competition for 2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/content/nqit-quantum-photography-competition-round-one
 
Description NQIT Public Lecture Winfried Hensinger 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Winfried Hensinger gave the first NQIT Public Lecture at Rhodes House in Oxford in July 2017. The talk was entitled "Quantum Computers - the World's Most Incredible Machines". The lecture hall was packed out and attendees gave positive feedback: all of those who filled in a feedback survey said the speaker was extremely or very engaging.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/quantum-computers-public-lecture-2017
 
Description NQIT User Engagement Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We hold User Forums every 6 months to facilitate dialogue between researchers and industrial/commercial users. This provides an opportunity for users to find out our latest research and development. It also ensures that the researchers are fully aware of the users' requirements, specifications and technology expectations, and therefore, can align their research with the industrial and commercial demands. These events have led to a number of requests to work further with NQIT, either through potential User Projects or potentially funding separate projects (for example doctoral students).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://nqit.ox.ac.uk/user-engagement
 
Description NQIT at the Curiosity Carnival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Oxford's Curiosity Carnival 2017 was part of the 2017 European Researchers' Night, celebrated by universities across Europe. Researchers from NQIT took part in several activities on the day, including the Quantum Story Corner, where you could learn about quantum entanglement with sweeties and custard; the Great Research Bake Off, where graduate student Amy Hughes made an Ion Trap Quantum Computing cake; the Living Library, where Professor Ian Walmsley could be "borrowed" for a time to chat about his research; and an amazing-looking dance in the Ashmolean Museum from the Quantum Ballerina, Merritt Moore. Nearly 10,000 people engaged with the live activities of Curiosity Carnival and 83% of visitors surveyed strongly agreed or agreed with the statement "I learnt about research".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/nqit-curiosity-carnival
 
Description Nadlinger EPSRC Photography Competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Single Atom in an Ion Trap", by David Nadlinger, a graduate student in Professor David Lucas's Trapped Ion Lab, won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). David Nadlinger is based in the Physics Department at the University of Oxford and his photo shows the atom held by the fields emanating from the metal electrodes surrounding it. This prize led to wide media coverage including technical, mainstream and local press. It also led to a lively discussion on Twitter in which David Nadlinger engaged with members of the public to explain the science behind his photo.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/single-trapped-atom-captures-science-photography-competitions-top-priz...
 
Description National Quantum Technologies Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This event, now in its third year, is the major industry-facing showcase for the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, which NQIT is a part of. The key audiences are industry, both suppliers and end users of quantum technology, senior government officials and European and international research and technology institutes. The aim is to showcase the technology and work of the four Hubs and other partners within the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. NQIT Directors presented the quantum computing Hub at the event to the audience, and there were demonstrations of NQIT-related technologies presented by early career and more established researchers. Each year this event has taken place has seen an increased presence from NQIT researchers and 2017 also featured spinout companies based on NQIT research. Feedback collated from the audience showed that the demonstrations of technology as well as the time spent networking with researchers were appreciated, and the reaction to the presentation was positive, that it was pitched at the right level and useful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/nqit-national-quantum-technologies-showcase-2017
 
Description New Scientist Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT researchers participated at the Quantum City stall, the joint public engagement initiative by partners of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, featuring interactive activities and demonstrations. Quantum City initiative demonstrates how new research in quantum properties translate to emerging technologies that could have an impact on everyday life in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://live.newscientist.com/2018-pictures
 
Description Nunn - London Quantum Computing Meetup - 17th May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Platforms for quantum computing talk given to 40 people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nunn - London Quantum Computing Meetup - 26 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk on Quantum Secure Communications to around 40 people in London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nunn - Quantum Startup Lightning Talks & Networking Event - 29 Jan 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 20 people attended this lightning talk, a 5 min introduction to the UK Quantum Technology Programme and how it has stimulated commercialisation of quantum technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Nunn - The Schools Challenge Final at the London Science Musuem 
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 Final event for Year 9 students that have taken on a challenge to solve some London's most pressing environmental issues, as set by the Mayor of London's Office. We (Steve Kolthammer and his student Mengbo Long) exhibited our quantum random number generator in a STEM marketplace, introducing the students to examples of state-of-the-art technology and innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description O'Brien - VentureFest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on the Q20:20 engine - the quantum computing demonstrator being developed by NQIT, its scalable modular architecture based on ion-trap technologies and the control systems required to operate it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Oxford Martin School "Hacking nature's computers: exploring quantum computation with organic molecules" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Philip Inglesant was invited to give a presentation about Responsible Research and Innovation in Quantum Computing as part of the Oxford Martin School's event "Hacking nature's computers: exploring quantum computation with organic molecules" with Prof Vlatko Vedral. Philip's presentation formed the basis of a panel discussion about the future implications of quantum computing. The event was livestreamed online and has been viewed online by nearly 1000 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5puYxdmCM6k
 
Description Oxford Physics Alumni Day June 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Joshua Nunn's group contributed to a stall promoting the activities of NQIT to a group of Oxford Physics Alumni and their families, representing a wide range of professions and highlighting new research in quantum physics to an interested group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/events/2015/06/27/alumni-garden-party-2015-including-atomic-laser-phys...
 
Description Oxford Physics Space Industry Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NQIT introduced the audience to the NQIT programme, overall objectives and scope of NQIT's programme, and the different approaches to building a quantum processor, including ion traps, superconducting circuits and NV centres in diamonds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/enterprise/research-and-collaboration/space-industry-day
 
Description Oxford Science + Ideas Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT researchers led the Quantum City stall, the joint public engagement initiative by partners of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, featuring interactive activities and demonstrations to illustrate the work of NQIT, together with the general background to the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://if-oxford.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/IF-2018-programme_A4-for-web.pdf
 
Description Oxford Women in Physics Undergraduate Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Visits arranged to NQIT laboratories: Ion Trap Quantum Computing Group and Superconducting Quantum Devices labs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/confs/cuwip2018/
 
Description Oxfordshire Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2016, NQIT's bid for a stall about quantum computing at the Oxfordshire science festival was successful, and we also received internal funding from Oxford University to create new materials specifically aimed at engaging with the public. We designed banners, postcards and some games addressing the questions "Will a quantum computer change your life?", "What are we doing to make quantum computers a reality?", and "How do you build a quantum computer?". We used these materials at the festival to raise the visibility of quantum computing amongst the hundreds of members of the public who attended the free event. We also brought along some demonstrators of quantum technology, which a team of young researchers used to make quantum technologies accessible to the public. We repeated this successful and engaging stand at the Oxfordshire Science Festival in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/nqit-oxfordshire-science-festival
 
Description Participation in Kantar Public dialogue on Quantum Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Several researchers within NQIT took part in the public dialogue exercise carried out by Kantar Public on behalf of EPSRC. This included attending an initial stakeholder workshop in London, which helped set the context for the public workshops, and attending several all-day workshops involving members of the public. NQIT researchers acted as academic experts to advise the facilitators on the scientific content and to inform the members of the public who took part in the exercise about their research. Outcomes from this public dialogue will feed into our strategies for public engagement and responsible research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2017
 
Description Physics: from the lab into your life 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT researchers provided interactive activities and demonstrations and undertook laboratory visits, showcasing their research work within NQIT's programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/events/2018/10/16/physics-from-the-lab-into-your-life
 
Description Pint of Science talk - Peter Smith 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Peter Smith gave a talk to around 50 members of the public in Southampton on "Nonlinear light: from missile defence to quantum computers" which introduced interested members of the public to the subject in an accessible way, and prompted discussion and interest in the research activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/light-the-future-of-the-internet/
 
Description Public lecture Wolfson College, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk to 50 members of the public which introduced them to the subject in an accessible way and the work of NQIT as a whole.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description QIPC Leeds 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT researchers in Leeds organised the QIPC 2015 conference, bringing together international researchers from all aspects of quantum information science. Other NQIT researchers were invited to speak at the conference: David Lucas and Jonathan Barrett. This sparked interest in NQIT research amongst potential collaborators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.qipc2015.leeds.ac.uk/home/plenary-speakers.html
 
Description Quantum - from Schroedinger's Science to New Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sir Peter Knight FRS gave a talk to the public as entitled above, which was also filmed and is available to watch as a videocast at the website below. The audience included a mixture of the general public (a range of ages), students, industrialists, funders of quantum research in the UK and internationally, and academics. There were also demonstrations of the technology for attendees to try.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/quantum-schroedinger%E2%80%99s-science-new-technology-public-lecture-prof-...
 
Description Quantum Computing for Space Sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Quantum Computing for the Space Sector event brought together quantum computing industry, academia and space industry. The goals of the workshop were to understand the developments and the state of the art of quantum computing in the UK; explore the realms of possibility and opportunities for quantum computing in the space sector; and to examine how quantum computing could be used to deliver step changes in materials discovery, mission critical systems and space data. The event was co-hosted by NQIT and the Satellite Applications Catapult.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/quantum-computing-space-sector
 
Description Quantum UK Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT hosted the first annual meeting of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Network in Oxford in September 2015. The conference was a forum to discuss scientific progress, innovations and technical challenges across all the sectors in the programme. It was also an opportunity to bring together industrial stakeholders and academic and government researchers, to exchange ideas, stimulate new projects and form new collaborations.
Nearly 200 people attended the conference, drawn from from academia, government and business.
The event ran over three days and began with an overview of quantum technology strategies from the UK government, the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Innovate UK, who are the key funders of the Network. Then each of the four Quantum Technology Hubs presented their current research, followed by presentations from key industrial partners, including Lockheed Martin and Toshiba.
The second and third days delved into more technical issues surrounding the development of quantum technologies, such as systems engineering and standards. There was an eclectic mix of technical talks covering photonics, trapped ions, cold atoms and solid-state devices, including fascinating talks from Nobel Laureate Bill Phillips and from international leaders in quantum materials, precision sensing and engineering, including Eva Andrei, Andrew Steane, Mark Kasevich and Dana Anderson.
The conference closed with a tour of the Oxford labs in the departments of Physics and Materials.
An industry exhibition and trade show was held throughout the conference, including representatives from 16 companies working in electronics, data, and optics.
The conference hosted many international visitors and presented updates from major quantum technology programmes around the world, including MUSIQC in the US, EQUS in Australia, QuTech in the Netherlands, and PCQC in France. There were also a number of programme managers from US military and government agencies, who were keen to engage with and support the UK activities.
Overall the event served the dual purpose of bringing together scientists and industrial partners from within the UK Quantum Technology Hub Network, and raising the international visibility of the UK programme.
Several NQIT investigators were also invited to speak at the conference: Ian Walmsley, Elham Kashefi, Animesh Datta, David Lucas, Marina Jirotka and Philip Inglesant. NQIT co-organised the second National Quantum Conference with the Sensors and Metrology Hub in Birmingham in 2016. This was an opportunity for academics working in quantum research and technologies to learn about the latest developments in quantum technology research from across the Programme, hear from leading experts in the field, and discover how emerging research is being translated into commercial products, and the skills that are necessary to achieve this. The conference consisted of eight themed sessions of three talks spread over the two and a half days of the conference; a parallel poster session showcasing the latest research from the quantum research community; a public lecture by Professor Ian Walmsley, Director of NQIT and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the University of Oxford; a Quantum Careers Fair with key UK and international companies working in the area of quantum technology presenting employment opportunities for those with research backgrounds in this field; a conference dinner.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/quantum-uk-2016-conference
 
Description Question and Answer session: How UK partners can participate in the EU Quantum Technologies Flagship Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NQIT organised an event where Professor Dr Jürgen Mlynek, Chair of the EU Expert group on Quantum Technology, talked about the EU flagship on Quantum Technology. Professor Mlynek gave an "open-house" talk/Q&A session on the EU Quantum Technology Flagship for the benefit of stakeholders in the UK. The talk was co-hosted by Imperial College's Skills & Training Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering (QSE) and the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), based at Oxford University. The talk was livestreamed online so stakeholders elsewhere in the UK could attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/eu-quantum-flagship-talk
 
Description Route Monkey collaboration press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As a result of our collaboration with Route Monkey, they released a press release about the quantum algorithms project which received media interest, mainly in the transport sector press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/route-monkey-takes-quantum-leap-fleet-optimisation
 
Description Salisbury 6th Form Cleanroom Tours 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact James Gates and Matthew Posner organised a cleanroom tour to a group of Women Sixth Form students. The visit by the all-girls school was part of an initiative to encourage more young women to pursue studies in science and engineering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/q-wow.html
 
Description Saturday Mornings of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact NQIT researchers in their talks explained the basic principles underlying the quantum dynamics of composite systems and described the challenges of implementing quantum computation and cryptography practically, also about using ion traps and photonics to build a quantum computer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://saturdaytheory.physics.ox.ac.uk/events/quantum-amplitudes-classical-ignorance-quantum-informa...
 
Description Schaefer Ballance Fast Ion Traps 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A high profile publication in Nature from Oxford doctoral student Vera Schäfer and Dr Chris Ballance, both members of David Lucas's Ion Trap group, led to a press release about this research from the University of Oxford and subsequent media interest, including coverage in the Independent.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/news/new-speed-record-trapped-ion-building-blocks-quantum-computers
 
Description Simon Benjamin New Scientist Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Simon Benjamin gave a talk at New Scientist Live! 2017 at ExCel London entitled "Quantum Leaps: the Next Industrial Revolution"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://live.newscientist.com/new-scientist-live-2017
 
Description Simon Benjamin talk about UK NQTP, especially NQIT, at an alumni event in Oxford 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Alumni attended a talk about quantum technology, which led to questions and discussions about the future of this research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Smith, J - National Quantum technologies Showcase - 9 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact "Create your own qubit" stand at the Quantum Technology Showcase 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Srivastava - London Enterprise Tech Meetup 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A talk to introduce NQIT, the global quantum computing landscape and the UK's global leadership opportuniy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/september-2018-lnetm-disentangling-quantum-computing-tickets-47623125...
 
Description Srivastava - London Quantum Computing MeetUp 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A talk to introduce NQIT, the National Quantum Computing Technology Hub, it's mission and describing the global quantum computing landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Srivastava - Quantum Computing Hackathon in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 71 people attended the Quantum Computing hackathon hosted by: dividiti, River Lane Research and ThoughtWorks. Dr Rupesh Srivastava attended the hackathon giving a short talk.
The event was a great success and has led to another hackathon for March 15th 2019 - Quantum Computing Hackathon for the Space Sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/London-Quantum-Computing-Meetup/events/254156028/
 
Description Studentship opportunities with the UK National Quantum Technology Hubs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This webinar was arranged by the four Quantum Technologies Hubs and hosted by the Institute of Physics to allow current graduate students to find out about studentship opportunities available across the UK Quantum Technology Hubs. The webinar was presented by the Hub Directors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/webinar-studentship-opportunities-uk-national-quantum-technology-hubs
 
Description Technology for tomorrow - the research shaping our future 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Simon Benjamin gave a talk entitled "The dawn of quantum technology" to a large group of the general public, which was also streamed live on You Tube. This has had 738 views online. The talk led to questions and discussion about quantum technology, and the further viewing of the talk shows that it reached a wider audience interested in quantum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/event/2259
 
Description University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Peter Smith and James Gates organised tours of their NQIT lab, and 180 members of the public attended and expressed an interest in the research being conducted there. The wider festival at the University of Southampton attracted thousands of visitors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.southampton.ac.uk/assets/imported/transforms/content-block/UsefulDownloads_Download/0301...
 
Description Walk Cheney School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Nathan Walk took the Quantum Story Corner to the Festival of Imagined Worlds at Cheney School. This was a presentation to school children about quantum entanglement and randomness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://eoccc.org.uk/iris-festival-of-imagined-worlds
 
Description Walmsley Oxford China Lecture 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Ian Walmsley was invited to present the prestigious, annual Oxford China Lecture in Beijing in July 2017. His talk was entitled "Quantum technology: A new era in computing". Building on the University's long tradition of public lectures, the Oxford China Lecture connects audiences in China with some of the most powerful ideas generated by Oxford research. Similar lectures held around the world have explored the future of cities, cyber security, the new age of robotics and the gene revolution. Hosted by Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson in Beijing, this year's lecture by Professor Ian Walmsley provided an accessible overview of the science and engineering behind quantum computing and the breakthroughs at Oxford that are paving the way for the Q20:20, the world's first working quantum processor. A panel discussion explored the future commercial and social impact of quantum technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nqit.ox.ac.uk/event/oxford-china-lecture-2017-quantum-technology-new-era-computing
 
Description Walmsley Wheatestone Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Department of Physics at Kings College London holds an annual Wheatstone Lecture. In February 2018, The Wheatstone Lecture was delivered by Professor Ian Walmsley FRS (University of Oxford); his lecture was entitled "Building quantum machines out of light"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/physics/newsevents/eventrecords/Wheatstone-Lecture-Building-quantum-...
 
Description de Beaudrap - VentureFest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on quantum computing applications and the development of the software stack needed for the new paradigm in computing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018