Research Areas:

Microchip Architectures for Scalable Ion Trap Quantum Computing

We develop new scalable microchip architectures which are capable of performing highly accurate quantum operations with ions.

Scalable Entanglement Generation

Two qubit gates are sometimes called entangling gates, as they can be used to produce entangled states, a state of two or more particles that can only be understood quantum mechanically, not in terms of classical physics. Entanglement lies at the heart of many interesting quantum phenomena, such as quantum teleportation.

Quantum Simulation

There are a number of complex physical systems whose behaviour cannot be feasibly understood using classical simulation. However, quantum simulation offers a tool which can be used to mimic the behaviour of these systems and gives an insight into their workings.

Quantum Sensors

We are working to apply our expertise in the field of quantum manipulation of trapped ions to develop the next generation of sensors and clocks. Quantum sensing with trapped ions is a powerful new technology that may have step changing impact for numerous applications.

Quantum Hybrid Systems

This project aims at technology development for the EU project IQIT (Integrated Quantum Information Technology). It focuses on the demonstration of novel routes towards scaling up physical devices for quantum computation and quantum information processing.

Exploring the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

While developing quantum technologies is our primary research direction, our group is also involved in the deeper exploration of quantum phenomena and their connection to our "classical" world.

Physics of Biological Systems

The brain is a vital system. However describing how it operates is in fact very difficult. In collaboration with the university’s Neuroscience and Informatics departments we are investigating the nature of the brain.

Interdisciplinary Technology Development

As a side product of our work of developing new quantum technologies, we make advances that are relevant for many fields.


Learn about current oppertunities in the group, as well as finding out about what you could be doing in a research placement or as a final year project.

Interviews with Current Undergraduate Students

Meet some of the current students and researchers working in the Ion Quantum Technology group and find out how they got involved and what doing research is actually like.