Essen and Parry in 1960 with the original caesium atomic clock.

How atomic clocks are finding new life in the emerging quantum industries

How atomic clocks are finding new life in the emerging quantum industries Atomic clocks, a long-established quantum technology, are finding their way into new industrial applications In 1955, scientists at NPL developed the first caesium-based atomic clock, using the quantum nature of atomic particles to provide accurate timing. Recent improvements in atomic clocks – both


Quantum computing: a global opportunity for the UK

We are delighted to feature a guest blog from the Networked Quantum Information Technologies hub (NQIT), the UK quantum computing technology hub. NQIT is the largest of the four hubs in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. As well as achieving key milestones in the development of hardware and software, core to NQIT’s mission is


How quantum phenomena will deliver secure communications

To keep electronic information secure – from financial to biometric data – it is encrypted before being shared between parties. Simply, this involves jumbling it up in a particular way, so that is can only be unjumbled by someone who has the key. If the data is stolen by a hacker or a spy, it


What next for the Quantum Metrology Institute?

Last year was an extremely busy year for everyone at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), not least the science team from the Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI). Throughout the year we were delighted to publish three reports summarising our work with industry and from our technical programme: the Quantum Metrology Institute Annual Report describing the activities


Could quantum technology help us live longer?

We are now living longer than ever before, but an ageing population means more and more people are living with chronic diseases, and the cost of healthcare is ever-rising. A recent estimate found that it costs £1.2 billion just to bring a new medicine from lab to pharmacy, and many new treatments are abandoned during testing. Not

Could quantum technologies herald a more connected future?

In just a few short years, there may well be more than 20 billion connected devices in use across the world. From the future of smart cities to the Internet of Things, the world will hinge on the ability of the telecoms industry to adapt to increasingly data-hungry devices and infrastructure. Yet the industry is facing

Could quantum technologies speed us towards driverless transport?

“Technology is revolutionising how we power vehicles, how they are driven, how we navigate”, as Prime Minister Theresa May stated in a recent speech. At the centre of this revolution is the move towards automation of vehicles, whether crewless ships, pilotless planes or driverless cars, offering substantial gains in efficiency, cost and safety. The UK

Quantum: turning the possibilities of science fiction into reality for UK industry

The UK is perfectly positioned to play a leading role in the quantum technology revolution – have your say in how it will transform your industry  Few realise Britain has an unrivalled heritage in quantum technology and is now once again perfectly poised to play a leading role in the coming quantum revolution that could

Paul Shore, Director of Loxham Precision

The application opportunities are often presented to justify the UK’s significant R&I investment, however there is little discussion nor attention to the opportunities for manufacturing equipment manufacturers. For effective production of quantum devices there will need to be new machinery and processing capabilities but these demands are poorly conveyed to UK companies who might have