(Gov.uk) The UK government is investing £40 million in a new research programme, Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics. This will help the UK take a commanding lead in quantum technologies on the global stage, by ensuring investment keeps step with similar programmes in the US and China.
Researchers specialising in particle physics, astrophysics and nuclear physics will use quantum sensors – which can detect the very smallest particles – to help locate answers to some of the greatest scientific questions of our time, such as how gravity works.
Results may enable researchers to make important advances in quantum technologies and enable UK businesses to use the new discoveries and developments to create new products and services.
UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport explained, “Our emergency services, energy network and economy rely on the precise time source that global satellite navigation systems provide. The Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics programme will harness the power of these powerful new technologies to address some of the deepest questions in the physical sciences, bringing together world-leading UK researchers and technologists to make further breakthroughs.”