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NPL and NIST strengthen collaboration in quantum science

UK and US governments have signed statement of intent

Today George Freeman, UK Science Minister and Dr Eric Lander, the US Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have signed a statement of intent strengthening the two nation’s collaboration on quantum and science and technologies.

NPL, the UK’s National Metrology Institute, and NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US, have a long history of close collaboration covering a broad range of physical and material standards and today’s agreement will see the two explore ways to grow this partnership between quantum programmes through greater alignment of projects and the exchange of staff and students in key areas, including quantum metrology, computing, clocks and future technical standards.

There are several areas of quantum science and technology both NPL and NIST strongly believe will have a major impact on standards and metrology in the 21st Century. To strengthen the work already being undertaken in these areas, the institutes plan to explore future collaborations in the following key areas:

  • collaboration on future standards for quantum technologies and other areas relevant to our positions as leading national measurement institutes including coordinating our engagement with international standards committees;
  • collaboration to extend the applications of quantum-based techniques, in part by building on each other’s quantum programmes, to include potential developments for other fields of metrology;
  • collaborate to research important problems in quantum computing and other emerging computing architectures, to include materials for superconducting and solid-state systems as well as ion trap technology;
  • collaborate in benchmarking of quantum computing deliverables including hardware and software.
  • explore increased collaboration in atomic clocks for time scales and as sensors, coupled with robust time and frequency transfer.

Dr Peter Thompson, FREng, CEO at NPL said: “NPL and NIST have a long and proud history of collaboration, and I am delighted that this announcement reinforces the critical role National Metrology Institutes have to play in the successful development, test, evaluation and standard setting of Quantum technologies. Quantum technology will be transformative, and we look forward to growing our strong relationship with our colleagues at NIST through the greater exchange of knowledge and expertise.”

Dr Rhys Lewis, Head of the NPL Quantum Metrology Institute said: “We are very much looking forward to building on our existing relationships with NIST in the quantum and time areas of metrology, collaborating more closely on building the scientific basis for future test and measurement standards and exploring the metrology applications for quantum technologies.”

04 Nov 2021