Heriot-Watt University - Quantum leap

January 7, 2010

Scientists have produced a quantum detector that outperforms all its predecessors. The state-of-the-art single-photon detector system has been pioneered by researchers at Heriot-Watt University on behalf of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Middlesex. It will enable scientists to carry out ground-breaking experiments in quantum metrology and quantum information processing, which in turn will help to ensure that the UK maintains its international lead in 21st-century technologies. The work has been led by Robert Hadfield, reader in physics, and Catherine Fitzpatrick, a research engineer who is sponsored by the NPL under the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Photonics Engineering Doctorate Scheme.

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

Track runner slow off the starting blocks

Lack of independent working blamed for difficulties making the leap from undergraduate to doctoral work

Quality under magnifying glass

Hefce's new standards regime will enable universities to focus on what matters to students, says Susan Lapworth

A keyboard with a 'donate' key

Richard Budd mulls the logic of giving money to your alma mater

Long queue

Lobbying intensifies ahead of Lord Stern's review of crucial assessment into university research performance

Elly Walton illustration (21 April 2016)

Many Italians have refused to take part in the country’s research assessment exercise. Alberto Baccini and Giuseppe De Nicolao consider the protest’s impact