Quantum Computing Laboratory
Researchers at the University of Sussex are working on building a quantum computer, the most powerful computer on earth. We've designed a special installation so you can find out more about how this technology will transform our daily lives.
Unlike normal computers, quantum computers use the principles of quantum physics to carry out their calculations. This allows them to solve problems at incredible speeds – much faster than a modern supercomputer. The capabilities of quantum computers mean that they would have the potential to transform fields such as medicine, commerce and science.
No-one has yet managed to construct a large-scale quantum computer, but a team led by Professor Winfried Hensinger at the University of Sussex has created the first ever blueprint for how this could be achieved. Our researchers are now constructing a prototype of a working quantum computer, and we’ve created a new pop-up installation so you can find out more about this fascinating technology.
A pop-up quantum computing laboratory
In 2017 our scientists helped members of the public in London and Brighton to understand the mind-boggling concepts behind a quantum computer through an innovative walk-in installation.
The public could explore a virtual quantum computing laboratory and see the four key elements that make up this unbelievably fast machine – the most powerful computer in the world.
Professor Winfried Hensinger (pictured) and his team of physicists recently took their pop-up laboratory to Spitalfields Market in London.
Quantum computing at London’s Spitalfields Market
We recently opened our pop-up quantum computer lab to the public at London’s Spitalfields Market.
The event on 11 July proved popular, and our physicists were on hand to answer questions from a range of visitors including pupils from a local school.
Professor Winfried Hensinger talks to pupils from Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets, London.
Quantum computing – first ever blueprint unveiled
In February 2017 an international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, unveiled the first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer.
“Quantum technologies may transform all of our lives” – Professor Winfried Hensinger
Watch this video to learn about how quantum computers could revolutionise the fields of science, medicine and commerce.
Find out more:
- Find out more about the team who are working on building a quantum computer
- Learn about the full range of quantum technologies being developed at the University of Sussex
- Watch a short film about Professor Hensinger and his work
- Watch a lecture by Professor Hensinger, explaining the principles of quantum computing.