25 October 2016 Accelerated technology transfer: the UK quantum initiative
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A new generation of quantum technology based systems, exploiting effects such as superposition and entanglement, will enable widespread, highly disruptive applications which are expected to be of great economic significance. However, the technology is only just emerging from the physics laboratory and generally remains at low TRLs. The question is: where, and when, will this impact be first manifest? The UK, with substantial Government backing, has embarked on an ambitious national program to accelerate the process of technology transfer with the objective of seizing a significant and sustainable share of the future economic benefit for the UK. Many challenges and uncertainties remain but the combined and co-ordinated efforts of Government, Industry and Academia are making great progress. The level of collaboration is unusually high and the goal of embedding a “QT Ecosystem” in the UK looks to be attainable. This paper describes the UK national programme, its key players, and their respective roles. It will illustrate some of the likely first commercial applications and provide a status update. Some of the challenges that might prevent realisation of the goal will be highlighted.
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Simon D. Bennett, "Accelerated technology transfer: the UK quantum initiative", Proc. SPIE 9992, Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies, 99920J (25 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2243371; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2243371
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