(CambridgeNetwork.co.uk) The UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, which began in 2013, has now entered its second phase of funding, part of which will be a £94 million investment by the UK government, via UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in four Quantum Technologies Research Hubs which are centred at Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford, and York.
Through these Hubs the UK’s quantum technologies research base will continue to drive the development of new technologies through their networks of academic and business partnerships.
1) The Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing, is a collaboration between 7 universities, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), British Geological Survey (BGS) and industry. It brings disruptive new capability to real world applications with high economic and societal impact to the UK.
2) The Quantum Imaging Hub Led by Glasgow’s QuantIC will continue to develop revolutionary imaging systems that shift the way imaging occurs.
3) The Hub in Quantum Computing and Simulation – Led by Oxford will focus on the hardware and software that will be needed for future quantum computers and simulators. In hardware, the Hub will advance a range of different platforms, encompassing simulation, near term quantum computers, and longer term fully scalable machines. In software the Hub will develop fundamental techniques, algorithms, new applications and means to verify the correct operation of any future machine.
4) The Quantum Communications Hub – Led by York. The grand vision of the Quantum Communications Hub is to pursue quantum communications at all distance scales, to offer a range of applications and services and the potential for integration with existing infrastructure.