National Physics Laboratory

The UK’s National Measurement Institute

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  • Seeding innovation in commercial quantum networks
    Next generation quantum key distribution is set to offer easier deployment on existing real-world infrastructure. The importance of partnering to offer end-to-end business services to early adopters is growing. The recent extension of the UK Quantum Network to the BT led tech cluster at Adastral Park is a powerful statement. ... read more
    Source: Fact Based Insight – prepare for tomorrowMarch 30, 2019
  • Quantum Technology for a Global Britain?
    The UK Quantum Showcase demonstrates why others around the world are seeking to copy the UK’s quantum technology approach. It’s little surprise that the UK government is providing additional funding of £315m over the next 5 years. The 2018 UK National Quantum Technology Showcase took place in the prestigious QEII ... read more
    Source: Fact Based Insight – prepare for tomorrowNovember 21, 2018
  • Beating quantum winter: opportunities further up the quantum value chain
    The development of large scale quantum computers is expected to be a decade long journey. Some predict a quantum winter before early investors see returns. This need not be the case for those willing to look more widely. Quantum computing is the poster child of the emerging quantum technology sector. ... read more
    Source: Fact Based Insight – prepare for tomorrowOctober 3, 2018
Latest News
  • Researchers hit new record for low power consumption frequency combs
    As published in Optica, scientists reduce the power demands for generating soliton frequency combs, an essential tool for highly accurate optical clocks. Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have reduced the power requirements to generate soliton frequency combs, an important tool to measure and read-out the frequencies of ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsFebruary 28, 2019
  • Unit of the month – ampere
    Following the recent decision, taken by measurement scientists from around the world, to redefine the International System of Measurement (SI) units, on the 20th of each month we will be looking at one of the seven SI base units. You'll be able to find out where it's used in ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsJanuary 21, 2019
  • NPL scientists discover new ways to twist and shift light
    The results from the National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) latest research in photonics could open doors to new quantum technologies and telecoms systems. Researchers from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have revealed unusual qualities in light that could lead the way to entirely new electronic devices and applications. Light is ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsJanuary 14, 2019
  • NPL responds to the House of Commons report on Quantum Technologies
    The House of Commons (HoC) Science and Technology Select Committee has released its Report on Quantum Technologies. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) submitted written evidence to this committee and Dr Peter Thompson, NPL’s Chief Executive Officer, was called as a witness to give oral evidence to the committee in July.  ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsNovember 19, 2018
  • International System of Units overhauled in historic vote
    16 November 2018, Paris, France: Today, in a landmark decision, representatives from 60 countries voted to redefine the International System of Units (SI), changing the world's definition of the kilogram, the ampere, the kelvin and the mole, for ever. The decision, made at the General Conference on Weights and ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsNovember 16, 2018
  • Scientists to overhaul International System of Units
    The definition of four of the SI units: kilogram, mole, ampere and the kelvin are set to change All International System of Units (SI) will be based on fundamental constants of nature, providing stable foundation for the future of science UK scientists have been responsible for many of the ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsNovember 12, 2018
  • Driving innovation in quantum industries and taking a leap forward in quantum commuting
    New reports published by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) show how advances in measurement science are critical to success of Britain's quantum industries Measurement science is a vital driver of innovation in quantum technologies, as outlined in two new reports published by NPL's Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI): How measurement is ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsNovember 12, 2018
  • NPL publishes report on industry recommendations to encourage greater industry engagement and investment into quantum technologies
    In February, Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), asked Dr Peter Thompson, CEO of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), to take the lead on a national activity, to engage additional large UK industries in emerging quantum technologies (QT) – a potential multi-billion-pound industry for ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsNovember 7, 2018
  • New graphene service to kick-start UK’s ‘miracle material’ industry
    The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) partners with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) to create a new characterisation service for graphene. A new service has been launched by NPL and NGI at the University of Manchester, which will help the UK to cash in on the 'wonder material', graphene, by ... read more
    Source: National Physics Laboratory – Quantum NewsJuly 18, 2018
Project Description

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available.

Project Details
  • Institute: National Physical Laboratory
  • Founded: 1900
  • Capabilities: Metrology
  • Home: www.npl.co.uk/
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