National Physical Laboratory

Quantum Metrology Institute officially opened

Dr Tania Mathias MP opened the National Physical Laboratory's Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI) on Thursday 5 November 2015. The Institute aims to accelerate the development of new quantum technologies and help the UK secure a £1 billion industry in this sector over the coming decades.

Dr Tania Mathias MP and Dr Peter Thompson NPL CEO at the opening of the QMI
Dr Tania Mathias MP and Dr Peter Thompson NPL CEO
at the opening of the QMI

The QMI will undertake research in quantum technologies, developing new measurement techniques and fundamental standards. It will build a national capability for the testing and validation of these technologies to secure the confidence and investment necessary to commercialise new products. The Institute is aligned with the National Quantum Technologies Programme, in which the government is investing £270m to get quantum technologies out of laboratories and into the marketplace, through four university-led Hubs. This centre at NPL for validating new technologies will also allow the Hubs and industry partners involved in the programme to share ideas and collaborate, speeding up development. The QMI will also host a large number of PhD students in quantum technologies, building skills for the next generation of quantum scientists.

Professor Sir Peter Knight, Chair of the Quantum Metrology Institute, said: "Because quantum technologies are based on very advanced and extraordinary physics, validation is crucial to getting investors and industry on board to accelerate the commercialisation of them. As the UK's home of measurement, with over one hundred years' experience in helping new technologies make the jump from lab to market, NPL is the best place for this testing and validation to be conducted to ensure that the UK can start benefiting from amazing new technologies as soon as possible."

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said: "From faster communications to improved cancer detection and navigation, quantum technologies will deliver game-changing applications that will improve lives and create new businesses. With our £4 million investment, this new Quantum Metrology Institute at the National Physical Laboratory will provide world-class measurement expertise to validate these new technologies for market and help secure the UK's position as a world leader in this field."

NPL hopes to expand the Quantum Metrology Institute in the future with further high specification laboratories and new buildings dedicated to quantum metrology.

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Last Updated: 5 Nov 2015
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