Quantum Technology

The UK is at the forefront of research into Quantum Technology, where physics pushes the cutting edge of technological innovation. 

These resources, from the UK National Quantum Technologies programme, bring a-level physics and computer science bang up-to-date. Students will see how the physics they learn about, and the practical activities they carry out, directly relate to future careers. Find out more in the STEM Learning magazine

Read about how your students can be inspired by Quantum Technologies here

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Diffraction

Practical use of diffraction gratings include emission spectra as well as explorations of the wave-particle nature of light and the interference patterns that emerge.This resource supports teachers to build on established lab practical activities, introducing contextual links into cutting edge quantum research and...
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Cryptography

Quantum computers will revolutionise secure communications, and will make some current encryption methods obsolete. This activity, takes in cutting-edge research at the UK Quantum Technology hubs but begins with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of encryption. Unplugged activities will help students to understand...
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GPS

Satellite navigation is a key technology for today’s society, allowing for global navigation on land, at sea and in the air. The technology depends upon accurate atomic clocks, which help us pinpoint our position to within a few metres. Developed by the UK Quantum Technology hubs, modern atomic clocks have...
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Laser cooling

Lasers can be used to heat things up, and also to cool them down. Using carefully tuned lasers, scientists in the UK quantum technology hubs are able to slow atoms down to just a few centimetres per second, colder than the background of the universe. Students will learn about practical applications of atomic...
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