Ultra-Precise Sensors, Quantum Technologies
单位：University of Birmingham
研究方向：Ultra-Precise Sensors, Quantum Technologies
Recognising the UK’s strong research capabilities in Quantum Technologies, the UK Government invested £270 million to create the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, a collaborative initiative to advance technology and provide long-term benefits to society. Four quantum technology hubs have been created within the programme, each with a particular focus. Of this funding, the University of Birmingham has received £80million to lead the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology with its partner universities.
Professor Kai Bongs and his team at the University of Birmingham Hub for Quantum Technology in Sensors and Metrology are working with partners across industry and academia, encompassing different disciplines including Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Psychology, to translate laboratory science in to real-world situations to solve the challenges facing society and the environment today.
The science behind quantum technologies
Super-cold atoms can be in two places at once.
Described by scientists as a ‘spooky effect’, a single atom can travel in two directions at the same time, creating an interference pattern.
By sending an atom at the same time down two routes the atom explores these two routes simultaneously.
It is very sensitive to changes such as gravity and can measure very accurately the differences in gravity between the two paths.
Atoms are fantastic reference systems e.g. for ultra-precise timing.