Past event

Quantum Technologies

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Wednesday 29 November 2017 4.45pm - 9.30pm 170 Queen's Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5HF An Executive Insights dinner

THE ENORMOUS potential of quantum theory has remained untapped for over a century but feasible industry applications now glimmer tantalisingly on the near-horizon. Join us to find out where and when these could become a reality. Keynote from Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS, leading expert in quantum optics and Government science advisor.

The event will be chaired by Professor Nick Jennings, Vice Provost for Research at Imperial College London

For full event programme see here

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Professor Sir Peter Knight FRSIndustry
Emeritus Professor of Quantum Optics, Chair of the Quantum Metrology Institute
National Physical Laboratory & Imperial College London

Please click here to view Professor Sir Knight’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Peter Knight is Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College and Senior Fellow in Residence at The Royal Society’s Chicheley Hall and a past President of the Institute of Physics. He retired in 2010 as Deputy Rector (Research) at Imperial.  Peter Knight was the 2004 President of the Optical Society of America. He is Editor of Contemporary Physics, a member of the UK Quantum Technology Initiative Strategy Advisory Board, chairs the Quantum Metrology Institute at the National Physical Laboratory, was until 2010 Chair of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council and remains a Government science advisor.

His research centres on quantum optics, work for which he was knighted in 2005. He has won the Thomas Young Medal and the Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics, the Ives Medal of the OSA and the Royal Medal of the Royal Society. He is a Trustee of the Royal Institution and Council Member at Sussex University.

Peter recently also co-authored (with Professor Sir Mark Walport) the Government’s Blackett Review on Quantum Technologies.

Professor Myungshik KimAcademic
Chair in Theoretical Quantum Information Science
Imperial College London

Please click here to view Professor Kim’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Myungshik Kim works on quantum optics and quantum information theory.  He has held posts at the Sogang University, Essex University, Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and Queen’s University Belfast.

Myungshik spoke about “Talent in a Quantum world: skills and training needs

Professor Neil AlfordAcademic
Associate Provost for Academic Planning
Imperial College London

Neil Alford is currently Associate Provost for Academic Planning and former Vice-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London.  His current interests include energy materials, microwave dielectic materials, ferroelectric materials and functional thin films.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2013, he was awarded an MBE for services to Engineering.

Professor Ed HindsAcademic
Professor of Physics (Chair)
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physics

Ed Hinds studies fundamental problems in physics and develops new methods for producing and manipulating cold atoms and molecules. His work can be described under three headings: (i) Quantum manipulation of atoms and photons on atom chips; (ii) Production and applications of cold molecules; (iii) Tests of fundamental physical laws.

Professor Eric YeatmanAcademic
Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Eric M. Yeatman FREng, FIEEE has been a member of academic staff in Imperial College London since 1989, and Professor of Micro-Engineering since 2005. He was appointed Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Sept. 2015. He has published more than 200 papers and patents on optical devices and materials, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and other topics.In 2011 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, and was made a Fellow of the Academy in 2012. He is Co-Director of the college’s Digital Economy Lab.  His current research interests are in energy sources for wireless devices, radio frequency and photonic MEMS, sensor networks, and 2D materials.

Eric spoke about Engineering applications of Quantum”

Professor Tom PikeAcademic
Professor of Microengineering
Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Please click here to view Professor Pike’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Tom Pike’s research interests include the development of instruments to explore our surroundings from the molecular scale to the structure of entire planets.

Current projects include the fabrication of silicon microseismometers to investigate Mars, the NetLander SEIS-SP project, and development of a chemical microscope combining Raman spectroscopy with atomic-force Microscopy, the Raman-AFM.

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Tom spoke about Gravity sensing with Silicon, from Mars to Earth”

Dr Mario BertaAcademic
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Department of Computing

Please click here to view Dr Berta’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

Mario Berta’s research area is the mathematics of quantum information theory, with a focus on quantum communication theory and quantum cryptography. He is interested in connections to mathematical physics, most importantly through the fields of matrix analysis and non-commutative optimization theory.

Previously, he was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter California Institute of Technology, where he worked with John Preskill and Fernando Brandao. He obtained his PhD degree from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Matthias Christandl.

Mario spoke about “the road to Quantum computing

Dr Marc OxborrowAcademic
Reader in Functional Microwave Materials & Devices
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials

Please click here to view Dr Oxborrow’s talk, and here to see the slide show presentation.

As a boy, Mark was fascinated by solenoids, chromatograms, meteorites and aerofoils. He read physics at the University of Oxford and then earnt a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA. As his thesis topic, he modelled the atomic structure of metallic alloys known as quasicrystals.

After postdoctoral appointments at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen then (back) at Oxford, he worked for fourteen years at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington –mainly in areas supporting atomic frequency standards. Along the way, he learnt how to fix and make improvements to many different experimental gadgets including ultrasound spectrometers, cryogenic scanning-tunnelling electron microscopes, and high-finesse optical cavities for generating gamma rays (via Compton back-scattering) from high-energy particles. Now at Imperial, Mark is engaged in the development of extremely low-noise microwave amplifiers based on organic paramagnetic materials for applications in space communication and medical diagnostics.

Mark spoke about “making masers work at room temperature”