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

Globalisation

Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the top 200 most outward-looking institutions

Common cactus finch (Geospiza scandens)

Tiffany Taylor on a thought-provoking view of the forces acting to ensure survival

Stressed businessman answering four telephones

Some surveys show faculty putting in at least 60 hours a week, but research casts doubt on whether this is a productive routine

Student asking question during class

University of Reading research finds link between undergraduate satisfaction and ethnicity of lecturers

Level of quality compass

Authors argue this means universities should spend less on senior academics and give promising younger scholars more of a chance