The Quantum Science and Technology hub
Studying quantum science and developing novel quantum technologies
The first quantum revolution brought a completely new understanding of the physics behind everything we observe and the nature itself of our universe.
Phenomena like quantum superposition (the ability of a particle to be in two states at the same time), entanglement between two particles (the ability to instantaneously change the state of one particle by measuring its entangled counterpart, even at large distances) and quantum interference (in which particles interfere as waves) have been puzzling scientists around the world ever since – including Einstein.
With the advent of the second quantum revolution, these counterintuitive quantum phenomena have continued to trigger a global development of quantum technologies, with the capability of providing strategic benefits to the security, health and wellbeing of our society.
There's a rising global demand for faster computing power, more secure communication protocols, and high-precision metrological schemes for use in medical, environmental, and engineering settings, and this is stimulating a parallel demand for highly-skilled, knowledgable and capable quantum scientists, engineers, and AI, computing and biomedical experts.
And it's this need – along with the necessity to find industrial partners to take the growing quantum technological revolution forward – which has led to the creation of the Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH), under the direction of Dr. Vincenzo Tamma.
The QSTH connects the University's core quantum science and technology staff with experts in related departments across the University – such as artificial intelligence (AI), biomedical engineering, medicine, computing, environmental science and gravitation – and with external collaborators on four continents.
Through the QSTH, we're working to achieve a deeper understanding of quantum science, to develop novel quantum technologies, and to boost the industrial use of quantum technologies at the crossover between different disciplines.
The QSTH aims to
- Develop high-precision quantum sensors for medical and environmental applications, remote sensing, infrastructure planning and development (e.g. railway transport, autonomous cars), high precision navigation, testing fundamental laws in the universe
- Develop a new generation of quantum simulators for medical and environmental applications
- Secure long distance quantum communication
- Develop superfast quantum computing devices
- Explore the interface between AI, data-intensive science and quantum physics techniques to benchmark quantum technologies and quantum machine learning for next generation quantum processors
- Further the study of quantum phenomena within the fields of quantum optics, matter waves, atom interferometry and the interface between quantum physics and gravity.
The QSTH aligns with the UK National quantum strategy and responds to the predicted further growth of the worldwide quantum technology market ($53.2B investment predicted by 2028).
The work of the centre also engages with the University's overall Strategy and with four of the University's Research Themes – Future & Emerging Technologies; Health & Wellbeing; Security & Risk; and Sustainability & Environment. The QSTH contributes to the UK Quantum Landscape and aligns with the UK Government's Industrial Strategy – in which Quantum Technology plays a major role – and responds to the predicted growth of the worldwide quantum technology market ($13.3B investment predicted by 2023).
The work of the QSTH overlaps with many of the University's research areas of expertise – including the two areas listed below within our Physics research.
The QSTH has also contributed to our excellent Research Excellence Framework 2021 results for Physics:
- 100% of our research was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading.
- 100% of the impact was rated as having very considerable or outstanding reach and significance.
- 100% of the research environment was judged as having the vitality and sustainability to produce internationally excellent or world-leading research and very considerable or outstanding impact.
We were ranked top among modern UK universities and 6th among all UK universities for Physics.
With a network of international collaborations across four continents, the QSTH has established the University of Portsmouth as a centre of excellence in quantum science and technology.
Our research in quantum science and technology was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent in the REF2021 Research Excellence Framework.
The work of the QSTH overlaps with many of the University's research areas of expertise – including Quantum Optics and Quantum Foundations and Quantum Information and Sensing Technologies – and with our overall Physics research.
QSTH members (by School)
School of Mathematics and Physics
- Chris Dewdney, Research Fellow in Foundations of Quantum Physics
- Teodor Huminiuc, Lecturer in Physics
- Dylan Jones, Director of Centre for Operational Research and Logistics
- Jaewoo Joo, Senior Lecturer in Physics
- Esmaeil Namvar, Teaching Fellow in Physics
- Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research
- Vincenzo Tamma, QSTH Director and Professor of Quantum Science and Technology
- Daniel Thomas, Head of School and Professor of Astrophysics
- Danilo Triggiani, Research Fellow in Quantum Science and Technologies
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
School of Computing
- Dr Janka Chlebikova, Senior lecturer in Computer Science
- Alexander Gegov, Reader in Computational Intelligence
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
School of the Environment Geography and Geosciences
- Phil Benson, Reader in Rock Physics
- James Darling, Associate Head (Research and Innovation)
- Mohammad Hoque, Senior lecturer in Hydrogeology
School of Mechanical and Design Engineering
- Hom Dhakal, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
School of Energy & Electronic Engineering:
- John Chiverton, Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Technologies
- Hui Yu, Professor of Visual Computing
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science
- Priyanka Dey, Senior Lecturer in Bioanalytical Chemistry
- Prof. Xiao-Hui Bao, University of Science and Technology of China
- Prof. Paolo Facchi, University of Bari, Italy
- Dr. Eran Ginossar, Department of Physics, University of Surrey, UK
- Prof. Elizabeth Goldschmidt, University of Illinois, US
- Prof. Mohammad Hafezi, University of Maryland College Park, U.S
- Dr. Yonatan Israel, Physics Department, Stanford University, California, USA
- Prof. Kurt Jacobs, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
- Prof. Hyunseok Jeong, Department of Physics, Seoul National University, S. Korea
- Prof. Jaewan Kim, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, South Korea
- Prof. Yoon-Ho Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
- Prof. Jinhyoung Lee, Department of Physics, Hanyang University, South Korea
- Prof. Alberto Marino, University of Oklahoma, US
- Dr. William Munro, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Basic Research Labs, Japan
- Prof. Frank Narducci, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, U.S
- Prof. Kae Nemoto, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
- Dr. Daniel Oi, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, UK
- Prof. Janwei Pan, University of Science and Technology of China
- Prof. Francesco Pepe, University of Bari
- Prof. Ernst Rasel, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany
- Prof. Terry Rudolph, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, UK
- Prof. Wolfgang P. Schleich, University of Ulm, Germany
- Prof. Yanhua Shih, University of Maryland, Baltimore
- Prof. Tim Spiller, Department of Physics, University of York, UK
- Prof. Alejandra Valencia, Universidad De Los Andes. Colombia
- Prof. Andrew White, University of Queensland, Australia
Work with us
Prospective PhD students are welcome to contact QSTH anytime and to look at projects advertised in our Physics postgraduate research pages.
Further schemes available for post-doctoral prospective applicants keen to join the QSTH – including Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust, EU Marie Curie Fellowships.
We're also very keen to welcome anytime at our QSTH visiting scientist interested in joint collaborations.
The QSTH has secured funding for quantum sensing technologies from the US Department of Defence and from industry (Xairos) and is also currently engaging with UK funding agencies and institutions.
Partnerships and links
We have links with a range of business and organisations in industry, and with other government and academic institutions, including:
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
- Quantum Engineering Center for Doctoral Training at the University of Bristol
- Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) at the University of Bristol
Press coverage and news
- Scientists demonstrate unprecedented sensitivity in measuring time delay between two photons (2023)
- Ryan Morrison interviews Dr. Vincenzo Tamma at Tech Monitor: Does the Ministry of Defence need a quantum computer?
- Invited Physics Viewpoint: Vincenzo Tamma, 3D Collimation of Matter Waves, Physics 14, 119 (2021)
- Major quantum computational breakthrough is shaking up physics and maths – The Conversation's most-read article for August 2020, by Dr Ittay Weiss
- Quantum Computation & Simulation Workshop 2023 organised by Dr. Jaewoo Joo
10-12 July 2023, University of Portsmouth
- Public lecture on The quantum mechanics of spacetime by Prof. Daniele Faccio, University of Glasgow;
7 December 2022 – Organised by the Quantum Science and Technology Hub, the School of Maths and Physics and the Portsmouth District Physics Society
- Public lecture on What is Quantum Technology? by Prof. Peter Knight
5 Jan 2022 - Organised by the School of Maths and Physics and the Portsmouth District Physics Society, chaired by Dr. Vincenzo Tamma
- International Workshop on High-Precision Quantum Sensing
14- 17 September 2021 – Organised in collaboration with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) and the School of Mathematics and Physics
Quantum information and sensing technologies
We're conducting research into new quantum technologies, including applications for high-precision measurements, computing, and secure communication.
Quantum optics and quantum foundations
Our work in this area is studying the particle-like properties of photons, and wave-like behaviour of massive objects, such as electrons and atoms.
QSTH Founding Director
University QSTH Advisory Board
- Djamel Ait-Boudaoud, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Technology
- Gordon Blunn, Theme Professor (Health and Wellbeing)
- Jim Briggs, Professor of Informatics and Associate Dean (Research)
- Adrian Hopgood, Theme Professor (Future and Emerging Technologies)
- David Hutchinson, Innovation and Impact Development Manager
- Peter Lee, Theme Professor (Security and Risk)
- Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research
- Daniel Thomas, Professor of Astrophysics, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics