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University of York steps up quantum research drive

Posted on 3 February 2014

The University of York has announced the establishment of a new centre to provide a focus for its growing inter-disciplinary research into quantum technologies.

The York Centre for Quantum Technologies is a joint venture between the University’s departments of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Chemistry.

Its founding director will be Professor Tim Spiller, who will take up his post of Chair in Quantum Information Technologies in the University’s Department of Physics in April.

The Centre will build on the University’s existing expertise across a range of quantum technologies – from communications, through metrology and sensing, to computing – along with underpinning quantum information research. Initially the Centre will involve around a dozen researchers, but aims to expand its activities enhancing collaboration and the impact of York’s activities in the quantum arena.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Deborah Smith said: “We have a substantial body of expertise in quantum technologies at York. The establishment of this centre is an exciting advance that recognises the growing importance of research in this area and the expanding scope of its practical applications.”

Notes to editors:

• For more information about the Department of Physics, please visit

• For more information about the Department of Mathematics, please visit

• For more information about the Department of Computer Science, please visit

• For more information about the Department of Chemistry, please visit

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