Quantum News + Events
- The annual maintenance period for the Anthorn site is from Monday 14 April to Thursday 1 May 2014 (inclusive).
- NPL is supporting the GREAT Britain campaign, which showcases what Britain has to offer to the international community.
- The NPL caesium fountain atomic clock (NPL-CsF2) has been declared accurate to one second in 158 million years.
'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. A new facility, the Advanced Metrology Laboratory, will build on NPL's expertise to enhance the UK's capabilities in developing and applying these exciting technologies.