Find out about the recent work of our quantum experts.

Is the future quantum?

Our researchers feature in a panel discussion hosted by Jim Al-Khalili as part of the University of Sussex Ask the Experts series.


            Shobita Bhumbra

Professor Winfried Hensinger interviewed by the BBC's The Inquiry

He explains why corporations are spending billions to turn quantum computers into workable technology.


Professor Winfried Hensinger

2023 achievements

  • How does a quantum computer work, and how will they change the world? Our Centre Director Prof. Winfried Hensinger explains to IFL Science how the background lies in quantum mechanics, and why the world will benefit from this new approach to computation. Prof. Hensinger also features on BBC Radio 4 All Consuming: Microchips, explaining his group's recent quantum computing breakthrough (go to 15:40).
  • On 14 July, we were proud to host the annual QSNET workshop. Bringing together 30 colleagues from Sussex, Imperial, NPL, Birmingham and beyond, for a day of talks, poster presentations and networking.
  • Petros Zantis of our Ion Quantum Technology group represented the Centre at COMA-RUGA 2023, International Workshop on Microwave Research and Applications. Petros presented a talk explaining how the group seek comprehensive understanding of Radio-frequency and microwave technologies which are at the heart of the quantum computer architecture they are developing.
  • Our Quantum Systems and Devices group were well represented at this year's Young Atom Opticians conference, hosted by ICFO in Barcelona. Poppy Joshi, Tasha Beirrum and Leigh Thomas Page presented respectively: 'Developing a Bose-Einstein condensate microscope'; ‘Radio-frequency dressing of Bose-Einstein condensates for investigating quantum phase’; and 'A new system to automatically characterise alkali vapour-cells'.
  • The Ion Quantum Technology group welcomed the BBC’s Technology Editor, Zoe Kleinman, into their labs. The visit and an interview with Prof. Winfried Hensinger feature in a programme from BBC Tech World Service, where he reveals how his childhood ambitions have shaped his research (go to 14:27).

  • In March we participated in the British Ion Trap Conference BrIT-C 2023 in Teddington. Ryan Willetts of our Geonium Chip group won the runner up prize for best oral presentation with his talk The Geonium Chip Penning Trap: a novel ion trap quantum technology.
  • We start the year with a paper from the Ion Quantum Technology group published by Nature Communications, led by Dr Mariam Akhtar: A High-Fidelity Quantum Matter-Link Between Ion-Trap Microchip Modules. The researchers demonstate for the first time that quantum bits can directly transfer between quantum computer microchips with record-breaking speed and accuracy. The paper has been selected to represent one of the best recently published examples of quantum research in Nature Communications Editor's highlights.

2022 at a glance

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