Quantum Technology

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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.

Lancaster Quantum Technology Centre (QTC) provides a UK focus for future quantum technologies and is based in Lancaster University's Physics Department, a working community of 145 researchers and 80 students.

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Access Expertise

  • Accelerator science
  • Biophotonics
  • Low temperature physics
  • Nanoscale dynamics and mathematical physics
  • Nanoscale engineering
  • Nanostructures and nanoelectronic devices
  • Semiconductor physics
  • Superconductors

Benefits of Collaboration

  • Access unique knowledge
  • Use our new £4m class 100 and class 1000 clean rooms equipped with devices for molecular beam epitaxy, plasma etching, electron-beam e-lithography, microresonators, optical coherence tomography, photolithography, scanning electron and scanning probe microscopy

Working in Partnership

We have collaborations with major international manufacturing and ICT corporations such as BP Exploration, IBM, Alcatel, Pilkington Glass, Varta, Fiat and a range of medium-sized research-intensive companies within the UK and across Europe.

We have strong regional partnerships, particularly with Manchester University through the North West Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre, and strong international partnerships, for example through The Cockcroft Institute, an international centre for Accelerator Science and Technology which Lancaster University co-founded.

We are particularly interested in forming partnerships with organisations in the areas of photonics, nanoelectronics, healthcare, security, energy, coatings and semiconductors.

Our enterprise activities are organised across seven key interdisciplinary themes which build on disciplinary excellence and provide natural points of collaboration:

View our themes

Forming Partnerships

Organisations can access our expertise through five types of collaborative partnership:

Partnership Examples

  • Photodiodes for imaging, communications, and gas monitoring, e.g. for compact disc players and camera light meters
  • Non-destructive nanoscale resolution using a carbon nanotube scanning thermal probe, e.g. for accurate screening of biological samples
  • Graphene research for innovation in materials science, chemistry, and engineering, e.g. for electronics, flexible touch screens, sensors and in composite materials
  • Quasiparticle imaging and superfluid flow experiments at ultralow temperatures, e.g. for the acquisition of dynamic information applicable to chemistry, oil and gas sectors
  • Wafer-scale epitaxial graphene, e.g. position sensing, automotive ignition and fuel injection, wheel rotation sensing, and spacecraft
  • Accelerated discovery of new organic semiconductors for optical and electrical sensor concepts, systems-on-a-chip architectures
  • Molecular design and mesoscale modelling of complex fluids for oil-fields