Building a stronger, more resilient world

Sensors will help in making construction sites safer, enabling non-invasive brain imaging and strengthening our critical services

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Embracing a better future with quantum sensors.

£94 million

Treasury has committed £94 million to the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme for the second phase (2019-2024).

Gravity sensors

Quantum sensors have the potential to provide better sensitivity and reduced survey times, lowering survey costs and enabling a more prolific use of gravity surveys.

Quantum clocks

Quantum clocks will provide crucial resilience in a world overly reliant on GNSS networks, which faces multiple threats from malicious attacks like jamming, spoofing or state aggression, to rare but real perils like solar flares and space weather.

£23.5 million

Received in the second phase of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing to develop real-world applications by harnessing the power of quantum physics. These will have significant impact in sectors important to the UK.

£4 billion

Quantum sensors will contribute over £4bn per year to the UK economy.

Magnetic sensors in healthcare

Innovation in quantum technology will improve our understanding of everything from basic cognition to dementia and ADHD

We’re working with businesses around the globe.

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The PhD Translational Quantum Technology programme offers a unique opportunity for students to undertake research in a multi-disciplinary environment with science, engineering and industry expertise. Hear it from our students:

I am currently in the final year of the PhD Translational Quantum Technology programme, and I’m focussing on developing integrated photonic circuits to help miniaturise quantum sensors. For my industrial placement, I worked at Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global (CSTG) which is a semiconductor company based in Glasgow. Here, I worked with Dr Iain Eddie, Senior Device Design Engineer, on an Innovate UK funded project, developing lasers for atomic clocks. I greatly enjoyed working in an industry environment, and I found that translating research into applications to be hugely motivating and exciting. My PhD research is similar to the work I undertook at CSTG, so this placement has been highly beneficial for me. A lot of companies look for industry experience so I’m glad to have this, and I have since had companies contact me with job opportunities through LinkedIn. Being part of the Quantum Technology Hub community means that you’re able to get involved in end-user applications arising from scientific research, which is a great opportunity.
It is extremely rare that you are able to apply most of what you have learned from your PhD into your actual job as well, and because of the opportunities presented by studying at the Quantum Technology Hub, I have been able to do this in my career. My long-term goal is now to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The Hub offers a unique opportunity to be directly involved with industry partners from the beginning. If someone has an interest in bringing research into the world, the Hub presents a great opportunity to have the breadth of contact with industry, which the Hub is able to offer. The sheer number and different types of industry partners engaged with the Hub is one of a kind – from small and medium enterprises to large international organisations. Just being exposed to this is a huge advantage for those interested in developing and translating research to commercial applications.
My placement at Gooch & Housego allowed me to develop the skills and knowledge I had acquired during the first part of the MRes degree into relevant applications. A large proportion of my work was on developing a compact and turn-key laser locking system using digital electronics, and I learned new skills and techniques from experts in fibre lasers. The industrial placement also helped me gain a thorough and invaluable understanding of research in a company setting.
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