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Professor Winfried Hensinger presents the annual ‘Queen’s Lecture’ in Berlin

The lecture, titled 'Constructing the world's most incredible machines: Quantum Computers', was 'gifted' to the City of Berlin by the late Queen Elizabeth II on her state visit in 1965.

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Queens lecture 2023 Berlin video-still - text: How to construct a million qubit quantum computer

BBC Breakfast: Making quantum computers modular

Our researchers have demonstrated for the first time that quantum bits can directly transfer between quantum computer microchips, with record-breaking speed and accuracy.

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Student in quantum lab

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.

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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.

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Professor Winfried Hensinger

2024 achievements

  • The Universities of Sussex and Bristol have launched a £24m doctoral training centre to develop future leaders in quantum tech. The centre will be delivered by a leading team of academics from both universities, along with industrial partners and will provide an innovative four-year, fully-funded programme of training and research in quantum technologies for postgraduate students from September 2024.  

  • Our Quantum Systems and Devices group is leading pioneering experiments on the London Underground. The group, led by Fedja Orucevic, is conducting trials of quantum inertial navigation systems to accurately determine train position, see article Quantum train location testing on the London Underground.

2023 at a glance

  • Dr Fedja Orucevic and the Quantum Systems and Devices group hosted the INSTA QT annual international workshop on 12 December, on the theme 'Battery monitoring for carbon reduction'. The International Network for Sensors and Timing Applications in Quantum Technologies works with research partners across 12 countries to establish Global Virtual Workshops to tackle specific global challenges: poverty, zero hunger; good health and wellbeing; climate action; clean water and sanitation and sustainable cities and communities.
  • 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.
  • The University of Sussex's "Summer of Research" provided Dr Sam Hile with an opportunity to showcase the research of the Ion Quantum Technology group. His talk 'Fixing Quantum Mistakes: errors in quantum computers, and how to deal with them' explores why quantum computers are so difficult to build.
  • 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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