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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

2021 achievements

2020 at a glance

  • We round off the year in December with Juan Totero Gongora and colleagues from the EPic Lab having their paper published in Physical Review Letters: All Optical Two-Color Terahertz Emission from Quasi-2D Nonlinear Surfaces.
  • Prof. Peter Kruger will be leading a project aimed at enhancing battery performance using quantum sensors. The project, funded by the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, will mark the first time quantum sensors are used as a solution in battery innovation, and is aligned with the Government’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.
  • Our Geonium Chip group, led by Dr Jose Verdu Galiana, has published two papers in October: Planar, Strong Magnetic Field Source for a Chip Ion Trap in Review of Scientific Instruments 91, and Coherent Coupling of a Trapped Electron to a Distant Superconducting Microwave Cavity in Applied Physics Letters 117.
  • Prof. Matthias Keller's Ion Trap Cavity-QED and Molecular Physics group have been busy during September. Costas Christoforou and colleagues had their paper on Enhanced Ion-Cavity Coupling through Cavity Cooling in the Strong Coupling Regime published, in Nature Research Scientific Reports. Thomas Walker et al published Improving the Indistinguishability of Single Photons from an Ion-Cavity System in Physical Review A.
  • Delighted to see a paper by Dr Zak Romaszko et al of our Ion Quantum Technology group, published in Nature Review Physics Engineering of Microfabricated Ion Traps and Integration of Advanced On-chip Features. Zak gives an interview on his current work with Universal Quantum, and how close they are to building the first large-scale quantum computer.
  • The Ion Quantum Technology group have had a breakthrough in the laboratory, by developing an algorithm which helps early quantum computers to perform calculations more efficiently.
  • After months of preparation, Prof. Winni Hensinger and Dr Sebastian Weidt launch their spin-out company Universal Quantum. Their goal to build the world's first large scale quantum computer has attrcated £3.6 million investment from some of the world's more impressive tech investors.
  • Prof. Peter Kruger's research on the potential spread of a Covid second wave has been reported nationally It suggests that people outside of population centres such as London and New York may be worse affected due to lack of immunity in those areas.
  • Prof. Winni Hensinger talks to Quantum City about his work on quantum computing, what it could mean for everyday life, and what inspired him to become a quantum physicist.
  • Congratulations to Juan Totero Gongora from our EPic. He's been awarded a Leverhulme Early Careers Fellowship with his project 'Route to AI control of micro-comb lasers'.
  • In our QSD Oyster Lab, Amruta Gadge and team were succesful in remotely establishing a Bose Einstein Condensate. This is a first for us, born out of lockdown, and having wider implications for remote lab control in terms of operating quantum technology in inaccessible environments.
  • Researchers in our EPic Lab have developed the first non linear camera capable of capturing high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects. They have combined lasers, computers and terahertz (THz) waves to build a camera that sees 'unseen' details.
  • Dr Alessia Pasquazi from our Emergent Photonics (EPic) Lab gives the first Register Lecture of the decade. Her research into whether portable atomic clocks can end UK dependence on GNSS, investigates the alternative to satellite signals.
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