Quantum physics describes the properties of atoms, electrons and photons which can behave either like waves or particles, resulting in many extraordinary properties. Quantum technologies can provide unchanging measurement standards and 'quantum behaviour’ can potentially create a completely new class of advanced environmental sensors and systems. These radically new capabilities will be used in timing and navigation, secure communications, driverless cars, computing and other critical applications.
NPL carries out quantum research, ensures the metrology framework is in place for innovative devices and develops testing and measurement techniques. We provide the expertise and facilities needed to underpin the development of quantum technologies in the UK.