Making a quantum leap in information processing

02/18/04

EPSRC Press Release/ Invitation for journalists

A major UK initiative in the revolutionary field of quantum information processing is being launched at London's Science Museum today (Thursday 26th February).

The Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (QIP IRC) aims to promote leading-edge research to put the UK at the forefront of the global drive to develop this technology, which will open up radically new ways of processing information. It could also have a profound impact on fundamental science.

Using the laws of quantum physics, and harnessing maths, computer science, materials engineering and other disciplines, quantum information processing could offer an alternative way of handling information. It could be used in fields as diverse as computing, telecommunications and defence. The technology, which is still in its infancy, involves the manipulation and communication of qubits (the units of information for quantum computing).

The QIP IRC has been established to lead UK activity in this radical technology. Over the next 5 years, it will receive 10M from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and 0.5M from the Ministry of Defence. It will use this funding to undertake interdisciplinary, collaborative research to develop UK skills in this area and bring academia and industry together.

The launch of the QIP IRC will provide an opportunity to learn about the initiative and its aims as the research phase begins. The Director of the QIP IRC, Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford and an EPSRC Professorial Fellow, will be available at the launch to answer questions about the initiative.

Professor Briggs says: "Key seminal ideas in quantum information originated in the UK. The IRC offers a new opportunity to build on this expertise, by bringing together leading scientists from several universities in a critical mass of co-ordinated research in QIP, in collaboration with national and multinational industries".

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