Mark Garnier, Conservative MP for Wyre Forest, visited the University of Birmingham to discuss latest developments in quantum technology research.
Professor Kai Bongs, Director of the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, welcomed Mr Garnier, who is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Space, to the Hub to discuss developments in space-based research.
The visit included a guided tour of the new Quantum Technology Transfer Centre where cold atoms technology is being developed for prospective use in space applications ranging from monitoring global resources and Earth’s climate to ultra-precise timekeeping and satellite navigation.
The Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology is an EPSRC national centre undertaking rapid translation of science to technology. Within the Hub, leading academics from the universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex and leading companies work together to translate state-of-the-art laboratory technology into deployable practical devices.
The Hub’s objective is to produce quantum sensors that outperform existing classical devices. Sensors which measure rotation, gravity, magnetic fields, light and time are being translated into new applications including space missions.
Key to the success of these technologies is working jointly with industry to support the development of smaller, lighter and cheaper components to make quantum devices a commercially viable reality.