- Structural and functional engineering, physics and metrology of graphene.
- Measurements and visualisation of small magnetic fields/moments.
- Nanoscale superconducting quantum interference devices.
- Nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS).
- NPL is developing nano-scale devices for moving electrons one at a time around an electrical circuit. These devices may form the foundation of a future redefinition of the SI base unit for current, the ampere.
- Technology to facilitate quantum optical processes and algorithms.
- A synthesizer for waveforms directly in terms of the Josephson effect.
- Investigating sources of decoherence in quantum systems.
What we do
- Research and develop new devices for generating and detecting individual quanta (e.g. phonons or magnetic spin)
- Work on new techniques for characterising quantum-mechanical state evolution
- Use quantum coherence and entanglement to enhance measurement precision
- Develop high speed devices for manipulation of electrical current at the single-electron level
- Study the latest materials, such as graphene, to advance our understanding of the quantum effects that lie at the heart of the modern measurement system