Quantum Technologies at New Scientist Live 2018

18th September 2018

Professor Kai Bongs, Director of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, will be among the quantum researchers present at New Scientist Live on 20-23 September 2018. Professor Bongs will be speaking about how quantum sensors will not only help to make everyday lives faster, safer and more efficient, but will also open up endless possibilities in healthcare, transport, navigation, civil engineering and many other sectors.

A specially curated exhibition titled ‘Quantum City’, designed by the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, will also be showcased. A cross-disciplinary team of researchers from across the four Hubs, including the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, will be present to talk about the transformative effect of emerging quantum technologies across all aspects of everyday life.

Quantum physics has contributed to technology such as lasers and semiconductors that run our computers and smartphones, and continues to inspire and drive innovation. The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme is a strategic investment aimed at making a positive difference by helping to accelerate the translation of emerging quantum technologies into wide-ranging applications across sectors: from healthcare, finance, energy use and telecommunications to imaging, security and computing.

Visitors to the Quantum City exhibit will be able to see quantum imaging technology making the invisible visible, by using the speed of light to image 3D objects, detect invisible gas clouds and see how single photons enable us to look at things hidden around corners. Models of ion traps – the building blocks of future quantum computers – will be on show, demonstrating how scientists can use electric fields to trap ions and, in turn, harness computational power of unimaginable speed and magnitude.

Prototypes of highly sensitive quantum sensors such as magnetometers will also be part of the exhibition, showcased by researchers from Strathclyde University. These sensors are able to help visualise changes in magnetic fields everywhere, will help to develop the best tools for applications in medical imaging, geological surveying, archaeology, defence, and improve our understanding of novel materials and nanoengineered structures.

Quantum City can be found at stand no. 2059 within the Technology Zone of the New Scientist Festival at ExCel London from 20 to 23 September. For more information and to book tickets, visit: https://live.newscientist.com/