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POSTnote published on quantum technologies

NPL Fellow, Helen Margolis, and the Chair of the Quantum Metrology Institute, Professor Sir Peter Knight, contributed to a recent publication from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) on the opportunities and challenges offered by quantum technologies.

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POST is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. In developing this overview of quantum technologies, POST received input from many members of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and, following extensive research and consultation, found that:

  • Estimates suggest that quantum technologies could become comparable in size to the consumer electronics sector (worth an estimated £240 billion a year globally)
  • Quantum technologies have many potential uses including in navigation, health, telecommunications, and oil and gas exploration
  • A new generation of quantum technologies are becoming commercially available, others may take over a decade to develop

The Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI) at NPL provides the measurement expertise needed to build confidence in these novel technologies through testing and evaluation of products and prototypes and so support the growth of UK industry. The QMI also develops new technologies that require advanced metrology skills and feeds these into industry for commercialisation.

Read the full POSTnote on quantum technologies

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Last Updated: 5 May 2017
Created: 5 May 2017


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