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EPSRC Reference: EP/M013294/1
Title: UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology
Principal Investigator: Bongs, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Boyer, Dr V Fernholz, Dr T Griffin, Dr PF
Freise, Professor A Maclean, Dr JO Kemp, Professor AJ
Marsh, Professor JH Riis, Professor E Brookes, Professor MJ
Benson, Professor TM Freegarde, Dr TGM Smith, Professor PGR
Cumming, Professor DRS Arnold, Dr AS Gaffney, Professor VL
Gawith, Professor C Horak, Dr P Metje, Professor N
Singh, Professor Y Orucevic, Dr F Attallah, Professor MM
Himsworth, Dr MD Kruger, Professor P Peccianti, Professor M
Rushforth, Dr AW Hensinger, Professor WK Novikov, Professor S
Fromhold, Professor TM Tropper, Professor A Bowtell, Professor R
Constantinou, Professor CC Mellor, Dr CJ Paul, Professor DJ
Garraway, Professor B Wildman, Professor R Ruostekoski, Professor J
Hastie, Professor J Sorel, Professor M Campion, Dr RP
Pasquazi, Professor A Holynski, Professor M Hackermueller, Dr L
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Aalto University ARKeX Limited AWE
BAE Systems Balfour Beatty Plc BP
British Geological Survey Cardno (International) Cardno TBE
Chemring Technology Solutions City University of Hong Kong Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
Drilline Products Ltd Elekta Oy GEM Electronics
GeoDynamics Worldwide Srl Hebrew University of Jerusalem IBM UK Ltd
Infotec Consulting INRS - Institute Armand Frappier Institution of Civil Engineers
JK Guest Group Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd Knowledge Transfer Network Limited
Knowledge Transfer Partnership Leonardo UK ltd Macleod Simmonds Ltd
Met Geo Environmental Micro-g LaCoste MuquanS
National Physical Laboratory NPL NIST (Nat. Inst of Standards and Technol Princeton University
Progetto Manifattura Srl Qrometric Limited Quantum Wave Fund
Reid Geophysics Ltd Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Royal Institute of Navigation
RSK Group plc Rutgers State University of New Jersey Severn Trent Plc Group
STFC Laboratories (Grouped) Stratascan Ltd Subscan Technology
T2 Utility Engineers Inc Teledyne UK Ltd Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Thales Ltd TMD Technologies Ltd UK Society for Trenchless Technolody
University of Colorado at Boulder University of Rome I (La Sapienza) University of Trento
URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Ltd UTSI Electronics Ltd Versyns Ventures
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Department: School of Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 December 2014 Ends: 30 November 2019 Value (£): 35,513,855
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Construction
Healthcare Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
03 Sep 2014 National Network of Quantum Technologies hubs (Fulls) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The Hub will create a seamless link between science and applications by building on our established knowledge exchange activities in quantum technologies. We will transform science into technology by developing new products, demonstrating their applications and advantages, and establishing a strong user base in diverse sectors. Our overarching ambition is to deliver a wide range of quantum sensors to underpin many new commercial applications. Our key objective is to ensure that the Hub's outputs will have been picked up by companies, or industry-led TSB projects, by the end of the funding period.

The Hub will comprise: a strong fabrication component; quantum scientists with a demonstrated ability to combine scientific excellence with technological delivery; leading engineers with the broad collective expertise and connections required to develop and use new quantum sensors. We have identified, and actively involved, industry enablers to build a supply chain for quantum sensor technology. As well as direct physics connections to industry, the engineers provide strong links to relevant industrial users, thus providing information on industrial needs and enabling rapid prototype deployment in the field. To establish a coherent national collaborative effort, the Hub will include a UK network on quantum sensors and metrology, which will also exploit the connections that Prof Bongs and all Hub members have forged in Europe, the US and Asia. This inter-linkage ensures capture of the most advanced developments in quantum technology around the world for exploitation by the UK.

Quantum sensors and metrology, plus some devices in quantum communication, are the only areas where laboratory prototypes have already proven superior to their best classical counterparts. This sets the stage, credibly, for rapid and disruptive applications emerging from the Hub. The selection of prototypes will be driven by commercial pull, i.e. each prototype project within the Hub must demonstrate, from the outset, industry or practitioner engagement from our engineering and/or industrial collaborators. We have strong industry support across several disciplines with the structures in place actively to manage technology and knowledge transfer to the industry sector. Particular roles are played by NPL and e2V. We will closely collaborate with NPL as metrology end-user on clock, magnetometer and potentially Watt balance developments with a lecturer-level Birmingham-NPL fellow contributed by Birmingham University and our PRDAs spending ~17 man-years in addition to 3-5 PhD students on these joint projects in the Advanced Metrology Laboratory/incubator space. E2v have a unique industrial manufacturing/R&D facility co-located within the School of Physics and Astronomy at Nottingham that has already catalysed the expansion of their activities into the Quantum Technology domain. Public Engagement conveying the Hub's breakthroughs will be a high priority - for example annually at the Royal Society Summer Exhibitions. In addition to cohort-training of 80 PhD students working within the Hub, the Hub will contribute to the training of ~500 PhD students via electronically-shared lectures (many already running within the e-learning graduate schools MPAGS, MEGS, SEPNET and SUPA) across the institutions within the Hub.

The Hub will create an internationally-leading centre of excellence with major impact in the area of quantum sensors and metrology. To widen the impact of the Hub and ensure long-term sustainability, we will actively pursue European and other international collaborative funding for both underlying fundamental research and the technology development.

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