Measurement for our planet
Measurement for our planet

As COP26 approaches, discover how NPL plays a key role in enabling climate action through the delivery of accurate, reliable data that supports decision making and enables low carbon innovation.

Quantum Metrology Institute

Providing the measurement expertise and facilities needed to underpin the development of quantum technologies.

The Quantum Metrology Institute brings together all of NPL's leading-edge quantum science and metrology research and provides the expertise and facilities needed for academia and industry to test, validate, and ultimately commercialise new quantum research and technologies.

The vision for quantum metrology

The Institute provides the measurement expertise and facilities needed to underpin the National Quantum Technologies Programme, in which the government has invested £270m.

By bringing together industry engineers, academic researchers and NPL scientists in a highly collaborative environment, the QMI plays a key role in the creation of a UK industry based on quantum technologies.

Quantum phenomena are set to change the world around us. The QMI at NPL will be a leading centre for quantum metrology in Europe, collaborating with academic partners, government and industry to advance scientific discovery in quantum physics and materials.

We deliver world-class research based on quantum phenomena for future generation SI standards and enable the translation of quantum technologies and materials into practical applications, accelerating the commercialisation of new products based on quantum systems.

NPL is building an Advanced Quantum Metrology Laboratory (AQML) at our Teddington site, to expand our ground-breaking research in quantum technologies. Quantum metrology at NPL will play a crucial role in bridging the gap between quantum science and industry to help grow a profitable and sustainable quantum industry deeply rooted in the UK.

Advanced Quantum Metrology Laboratory

QMI reports

Quantum Industry Engagement Recommendations Report

Recommendations from industry for encouraging greater industry engagement and investment into quantum technologies.

Industry engagement recommendations 2018

Superconducting Quantum Computing Report

This report makes the case for a coordination of expertise and facilities to support the delivery of superconducting quantum computing capability within the UK.

Superconducting quantum computing report 2018

Quantum Metrology Institute Annual Report 2018

This report discusses the scientific and technological successes of the Quantum Metrology Institute since it was established in 2015.

QMI annual report 2018

Quantum research

Quantum technologies are based on the properties of atoms, electrons and photons of everyday objects. '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.

These fundamental particles can provide unchanging standards to use for measurement and their 'quantum' behaviour can potentially create a completely new class of advanced sensors and systems, with radically new capabilities for timing and navigation, communications, computing and other critical applications.

A number of research groups at NPL are 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.

QMI management team

View the senior management team for the QMI
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UK National Quantum Technologies Programme

NPL participates in the UK National Quantum Technologies (UKNQT) Programme, formed through the £270 million announced by government in the 2013 Autumn Statement.

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