Quantum Sensors for Fundamental Physics and Society

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


We propose to harness the immense potential of quantum sensors to conduct experiments in fundamental physics that could lead, for example, to the discovery of dark matter in the UK, and will lead to new applications that can be developed by UK industry for market. The programme we propose lies between STFC and EPSRC science and the strategic areas of Quantum Technology, Computing and Metrology. It will bring together a consortium of scientists from experimental and theoretical particle physics, astrophysics and instrumentation, quantum information scientists and AMO scientists drawn from the STFC and EPSRC communities, and the space community and with NPL and leading international laboratories such as Argonne, Fermilab and SLAC to create new scientific partnerships.

Planned Impact

After this project a consortium will exist which will be fecund soil in which new collaborations and partnerships will flourish realising the potential of quantum sensors to enable new enquiries in fundamental science, and to stimulate the creation of new devices and applications that will be brought to market by UK industry for the betterment of society both in the UK and globally.



Ian Peter Shipsey (Principal Investigator)
Gavin William Morley (Co-Investigator)
Edward John Daw (Co-Investigator)
William Clark Griffith (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0260-1956
Oliver Buchmueller (Co-Investigator)
Michael Roy Tarbutt (Co-Investigator)
Geoffrey Hall (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6299-8385
Hans Kraus (Co-Investigator)
Nikolaos Rompotis (Co-Investigator)
Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (Co-Investigator)
Henrique Miguel Araujo (Co-Investigator)
Anthony Doyle (Co-Investigator)
John March-Russell (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0483-0530
Themistocles Bowcock (Co-Investigator)
Ryan James Nichol (Co-Investigator)
John Hassard (Co-Investigator)
Joel Goldstein (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1591-6014
Jonathon P Coleman (Co-Investigator)
Antonin Vacheret (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7792-4349
Sergey Burdin (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4831-4132
Jacob Andrew Dunningham (Co-Investigator)
Daniela Bortoletto (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1287-4712
Robert Leslie Flack (Co-Investigator)
Lars Eklund (Co-Investigator)
Franz Muheim (Co-Investigator)
Stafford Withington (Co-Investigator)
Yorck Alexander Ramachers (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7403-775X
Chamkaur Ghag (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6836-9475
Ben Sauer (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3286-4853
Matthias Karl Keller (Co-Investigator)
Valerie Gibson (Co-Investigator)
Ivan Konoplev (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6006-4485
Xavier Calmet (Co-Investigator)
G Barker (Co-Investigator)
Gavin Grant Hesketh (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4537-1385
Ruben Saakyan (Co-Investigator)
Alexander Murphy (Co-Investigator)
Paul Newman (Co-Investigator)
Giles Dominic Hammond (Co-Investigator)
Animesh Datta (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4021-4655
Michael Ross Vanner (Co-Investigator)
Valentine O'Shea (Co-Investigator)
David Simon Waters (Co-Investigator)
Craig MacLeod Buttar (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0188-6491
Mark Andrew Lancaster (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8872-7292
Johannes Velthuis (Co-Investigator)


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