UKNQT Sensors and Metrology Hub

State-of-the-art lab technology into deployable practical devices

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  • Sensors on satellites
    On Friday 26 April, 60 speakers and guests gathered at the Edgbaston Park Hotel to explore how quantum technologies can be used in satellites to measure gravity. Measuring gravity from space has the potential to change the way we are able to predict major geological events such as earthquakes, which ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsApril 30, 2019
  • Apply for a PhD studentship in Translational Quantum Technology
    Are you a student/supervisor interested in translating science into real-world applications in industry? The doctoral training at the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology aims to incorporate an industrial engagement component to complement the academic study, by encouraging students to undertake an industrial secondment at an appropriate ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsApril 15, 2019
  • Boosting local innovation with quantum technologies
    Creating a regional Quantum Technology Innovation Hub is the key aim for the recently-launched Centre for Innovation in Advanced Measurement in Manufacturing (CIAMM) project. The project, launched in autumn 2018, is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with support from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsApril 3, 2019
  • Register now for Satellite gravity measurement industry event
    The UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology will be hosting a workshop on Friday 26th April, titled Quantum Technologies for Satellite Gravity Measurement. This workshop will explore the potential offered by quantum technologies for the next generation of gravity sensors as well as future space missions, and ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsMarch 26, 2019
  • Register now: Industry event showcasing funding opportunities for SMEs
    The UK National Quantum Technology Programme for Sensors and Metrology will be hosting an industry event on Thursday 10th January at Edgbaston Park Hotel. This event is particularly aimed at SMES, to build awareness of the facilities, knowledge and expertise available through the University of Birmingham. These opportunities have the potential ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsDecember 14, 2018
  • Quantum sensors in railways research celebrated in rail industry media
    The Quantum Technology – Potential for Railway Infrastructure (QT-PRI) project has been featured in the November edition of Rail Professional Magazine (page 94) and Civil Engineering Surveyor (published by the Journal of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors). The project is a collaborative project between the School of Engineering ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsNovember 13, 2018
  • Cutting-edge quantum technologies showcased at industry event
    Over 700 industry guests attended the National Quantum Technologies Showcase, which took place on Friday 9th November 2018 at the QEII Centre, located at the heart of London’s political activity. The UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology hosted 16 exhibitions in total at this event, which was ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsNovember 10, 2018
  • PRESS RELEASE: Industry leaders enter partnership to develop new industry of quantum gravity sensors
    A UK consortium of leading scientific and engineering companies have come together to develop a new industry of quantum cold-atom sensors that will detect and monitor objects beneath the ground better than any current technology, thereby reducing the need for investigative drilling or digging. The Gravity Pioneer project, which has ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsNovember 9, 2018
  • Industry celebrates collaboration with the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology
    The Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology is pleased to announce the launch of a series of short film clips intended to highlight our collaboration with key industry partners. Professor George Tuckwell, Divisional Director for Geosciences and Engineering at RSK features in the first video. Civil Engineers, such as ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsNovember 8, 2018
  • Open day for cold atoms PhD students
    The Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology and the Cold Atoms Group are jointly hosting an open day for those wishing to undertake a PhD relating to cold atoms research. The open day, which will take place on Wednesday 21st November at the School of Metallurgy and Materials ... read more
    Source: UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Metrology – NewsOctober 31, 2018
Project Description

Sensors can be found in our everyday lives, from smart phones and cars to industrial applications in manufacturing, engineering and imaging.

Led by the University of Birmingham, the Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology brings together expertise in physics and engineering from the Universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex with over 70 industry partners.

The Hub’s teams are working to transform laboratory-based research into technology. They are developing smaller, cheaper, more accurate and energy efficient components and systems to build and sustain a supply chain which will have a potentially transformative impact across business and society as a whole.
Quantum superposition lies at the heart of quantum theory, allowing two classically distinct and exclusive alternatives to coexist. This well tested cornerstone of quantum mechanics will be exploited to produce quantum sensors based on laser cooling and trapping methods. These methods, for which the Nobel Prize was awarded in 1997, are used to prepare atoms and ions in a well-controlled motional state.

Tailored laser or microwave pulses are then used to create superposition states and recombine them after some measurement time, leading to interference in final state populations. The form of the pulses, laser geometry, and traps determines the measurement type. Separating the paths vertically, or so that they enclose an area, enables the measurement of gravity and rotation respectively.

Superposing different spin, or energy, states allows magnetic fields or time to be determined. In each case, the result is read out by state-selective detection of the relative population of the final states.

Project Details
  • Institute: UKNQT Sensors and Metrology Hub
  • Founded: 2014
  • Capabilities: Gravity sensors, magnetic sensors, rotation sensors, clocks, imaging, lasers, atomics
  • Home: www.quantumsensors.org
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