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Quantum technologies

Quantum materials

Building confidence in quantum materials and unlocking new applications

Quantum materials research at NPL underpins the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, providing powerful unifying concept across diverse fields of materials science and engineering as well as metrological approach and measurement reliability. We focus on physics, engineering and metrology of materials and devices for quantum computation and sensing, such as two-dimensional materials and their van der Waals heterostructures, MoirĂ© materials, topological insulators, Weyl semimetals, superconductors, metamaterials, semiconductor quantum dots, spin-based systems (e.g. colour centres, topologically protected spin structures) and others.

We deploy the arsenal of quantum metrology, scanning probe microscopy, spectroscopy, magneto-transport and magneto-optical methods to support quantum technologies in the UK. Materials metrology to characterise and image electrical, optoelectronic, and magnetic properties, from room to cryogenic temperatures, low to high magnetic fields, visible to IR domain, nano- to atomic scale is called upon to underpin these developments.

Our cluster of metrology capabilities and expertise can be found on our Nanoprobe facilities and consultancy page.

Quantum materials team

We have over 50 internationally-recognised researchers focused on quantum, and we are training the next generation of quantum scientists and engineers; developing the capabilities of apprentices, technicians, undergraduates and postgraduates.
Meet the team

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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
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