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Scientists make quantum technology smaller

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A way of shrinking the devices used in quantum sensing systems has been developed by researchers at the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, which is led by the University of Birmingham.

Sensing devices have a huge number of industrial uses, from carrying out ground surveys to monitoring volcanoes. Scientists working on ways to improve the capabilities of these sensors are now using quantum technologies, based on cold atoms, to improve their sensitivity.

Machines developed in laboratories using quantum technology, however, are cumbersome and difficult to transport, making current designs unsuitable for most industrial uses.

The team of researchers has used a new approach that will enable quantum sensors to shrink to a fraction of their current size. 

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-scientists-quantum-technology-smaller.html

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/31/eabb6667

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As someone who can see the University of Birmingham from my window, I find this Quantum Miniaturisation deeply disturbing.

I can feel a sequel coming on:

"Professor, I Shrunk The Brummies!" :o

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