Quantum News + Events
- New research published in Nature Communications that updates the standard tunnelling model.
- The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) presents research into quantum technologies at an event hosted by NPL.
- The first successful trial of Quantum Key Distribution technology over a live 'lit' fibre network.
'Quantum' refers to the minimum amount of a physical entity. A photon is a quantum, for example, as it is the smallest divisible unit of light: a single light particle.
Quantum physics describes the behaviour of small particles, including photons, as well as atoms, ions and electrons. The wave-like behaviour of quantum systems gives rise to many interesting properties that can be exploited in areas such as computing, communication and timing.
Several research groups at NPL are currently working on advancing quantum technologies. New investments are building on NPL's expertise to enhance the UK's capabilities in developing and applying these exciting technologies.