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Quantum Applications

The development and commercialisation of quantum technologies will open new possibilities in timing; sensing; imaging; computing; and cryptography. Oxford Instruments is committed to playing a key role in driving quantum technology development and creating societal impact through improved healthcare, energy generation and storage, biosciences and informatics, functional materials, advanced computing and global security. The world we live and work in will be revolutionized through quantum technologies both in research and industry.

Oxford Instruments partners with the £10 million consortium, to launch the first commercial quantum computer in UK

The project is led by Rigetti Computing alongside The University of Edinburgh, Phasecraft, and Standard Chartered Bank, where we will build and operate the first quantum computer in the UK, making it available over the cloud, and pursue practical applications in machine learning, materials simulation, and finance.

“As we are presently facing a second quantum revolution, quantum technologies are triggering a broad range of diverse applications driven by global challenges. In this interesting time, this is a great project to be part of and will help in developing innovative solutions to meet the challenges”, says Simon Holden, Oxford Instruments NanoScience Managing Director.

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Quantum Computing

Quantum computers will be able to solve certain 'multi-root' problems (e.g. factorising very large numbers) much more quickly than any classical computers that use even the best algorithms. Oxford Instruments' wide range of systems provides the low temperature environment that is essential to the performance of the quantum processor. This processor is able to address complex computational challenges that are difficult or impractical to perform using conventional systems, and represents a paradigm shift in quantum technology.

Quantum Information Processing

In a world overwhelmed by increasing amount of data, finding new ways to store and process information has become a necessity. Quantum information processing (QIP) uses qubits as its basic information units. QIP has many facets - from quantum simulation, to cryptography, to quantum computation, which is expected to solve problems more complex than those within the capabilities of conventional computers.

Quantum Hall

The quantum Hall effect is a quantum-mechanical version of the Hall effect, observed in two-dimensional electron systems subjected to low temperatures and strong magnetic fields. Physicists have long used standard electrical transport measurements such as resistivity, conductance and the Hall effect to gain information on the electronic properties and structure of materials. Now quantum transport measurements such as the quantum Hall effect (QHE) and fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) in two-dimensional electron gases (2DEG) and topological insulators – along with a range of other more complex measurements – inform researchers on material properties with ultimate precision leading to primary standards.

Quantum Sensing

The discoveries and development of quantum physics in the early 20th century transformed science and unlocked whole new generations of innovative and commercial technologies. Quantum technologies now carry the promise of enabling the next generation of sensors and detectors which exploit quantum effects. Many quantum technologies will rely upon ultra low temperatures (close to absolute zero) to work. Our user-friendly ultra low temperature environments make this possible. Quantum sensing describes the use of a quantum system, quantum properties or quantum phenomena to perform a measurement of a physical quantity. The field is expected to provide new opportunities especially with regard to high sensitivity and precision in applied physics and other areas of science. 

Quantum Transport Measurements

Quantum transport measurements are widely used in characterising new materials and devices for emerging quantum technology applications such as quantum information processing (QIP), quantum computing (QC) and quantum sensing. Such devices hold the potential to revolutionise future technology in high performance computing and sensing in the same way that semiconductors and the transistor did over half a century ago.


Quantum computing and qubit scale-up applications with Proteox

This webinar provides an overview of the new Proteox dilution refrigerator from Oxford Instruments, highlighting the key features and suitability for many quantum computing and qubit scale-up applications. The Proteox system is an essential tool for low temperature researchers, providing advanced research capability. It enables a step change in Cryofree system modularity, designed for enhanced adaptability, reliability and increased experimental capacity.

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Quantum Technology: Challenges and solutions for device fabrication and characterisation

This webinar will provide an overview of device fabrication and characterisation challenges and solutions for applications in Quantum Technology such as Quantum computing, communications and sensing. The next step up in device performance will be driven by development in materials processing and characterisation technology. In this webinar we will address three aspects of device development for superconducting qubits and Quantum circuits.

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Cryogenics for Quantum Applications with the British Cryogenics Council

Recent technical advances in Cryofree® technology are enabling new class of cryogenic systems that are compact in size and cryogen free. We will present recent progress in new cryogenic solutions addressing the technical challenges one need to address for developments of an integrated and compact platforms for quantum applications. The new systems are small and combined with Cryofree® technology, advanced sample management and instrumentation is enabling new class of quantum-enhanced applications.

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Transport properties of low dimensional semiconductors

Join Javad Shabani, Assistant Professor of Physics at New York University and a member of the Centre for Quantum Phenomena and Dr Gustav Teleberg, Cryogenics Product Specialist at Oxford Instruments

Near surface quantum wells with strong spin orbit coupling have attracted a great deal of interest since they can be interfaced epitaxially with superconducting films and have proved as a robust platform for exploring mesoscopic and topological superconductivity. In this work, Dr Shabani uses an Oxford Instruments’ 12 Tesla TeslatronPT top loader superconducting magnet system to study transport properties of quantum wells, quantum Hall effect, Shubnikov de Haas mass measurements and spin orbit coupling in these two-dimensional gas systems.

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Quantum Brochure

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Teleportation and quantum communications Case Study

As part of the European Quantum Flagship QMiCS programme, Oxford Instruments is a key partner supporting the development of a quantum microwave local area network. This architecture will enable quantum communication protocols such as teleportation between two superconducting quantum nodes. This approach has future applications for distributed quantum computing and radar-style quantum sensing with microwaves.

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There are many new challenges in Quantum Computing. It is anticipated there are a diverse range of applications particularly in previously unsolvable or lengthy computational problems. This is of particular importance for optimization, unstructured search, materials simulation and logistics.

We have the solution for your Quantum Application challenges in our Pathways page.

Quantum Pathways Page