Accelerating quantum technologies

Quantum technology may sound like science fiction, yet the reality is that it has the power to transform many aspects of our daily lives, from the way we communicate to the way we manage our health. Quantum physics is at the heart of the modern world. It has given us the electronics that underpin telecommunications and media, computing and the control systems that govern our infrastructure and transport.

A second generation of quantum technologies based on new and previously unexploited quantum effects has begun to emerge over the last two decades. These technologies promise to change our lives profoundly. They will affect some of the world’s biggest markets, including the semiconductor industry, the oil and gas industry, mobile communications, construction and computing. They are expected to lead to more secure digital communication, more efficient ways of delivering construction projects and new and more powerful computers able to solve complex problems.

NPL is building an Advanced Quantum Metrology Laboratory (AQML) here at our Teddington site, to expand our ground-breaking research in quantum technologies. Quantum metrology at NPL will play a crucial role in bridging the gap between quantum science and industry to help grow a profitable and sustainable quantum industry deeply rooted in the UK.

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