Quantum Technology Centre

The Lancaster Quantum Technology Centre provides a focus for future quantum technologies and is based Lancaster University’s Physics Department. 

Physics research at Lancaster focuses on quantum technology, accelerator expertise, nanoscale dynamics, cosmology and astropartical physics, experimental particle physics, low temperature physics, mathematical physics, nonlinear and biomedical physics, and space science.

What is Quantum Technology?

Quantum technology is a term to describe electronic materials and devices where effects caused by the quantum nature of matter become significant in their design and performance.

Multi-million pound facilities

Our unique expertise and multi-million pound facilities enable the translation of quantum technologies into new products and processes to revolutionise the electronics and computing, medical, energy and communications industries.

Examples of current collaborative research projects

Project with Lancaster University, CST Global Ltd and IQE plc.

We are researching the development of light-emitting devices using quantum ring nanostructures to provide a source for single photons quickly, cheaply and at room temperature. Single photon sources are needed to develop ‘quantum cryptography’ – which would ensure guaranteed secure digital communications.

Project with Lancaster University and Oxford Instruments Nanotechnology Tools Ltd.

We are developing the concept design for a portable, cost-effective, user-friendly ultra-low temperature environment for quantum devices. Many new quantum technologies will rely on ultra-low temperatures (close to absolute zero) to work. This device will be an enabler of other quantum technologies, such as higher resolution magnetic sensors that can be applied in a wide range of situations from environmental sensing to medical imaging.

Project with Lancaster University, Amethyst Research Ltd and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd.

The project is prototyping and assessing a newly conceived, potentially disruptive single photon detector technology. Quantum infrared imaging and quantum communication systems require photon detectors that are capable of registering single photons. This project will look at new materials to increase the range of infrared light that can be detected with single photon sensitivity.

Three 12-month collaborative research feasibility projects that will look to exploit the properties of quantum physics have received more than £588,000 in grants from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. The rest of the funding has come from Lancaster University and commercial partners.