Quantum technology is more important than ever in our increasingly global and interconnected world. In this talk, Kai Bongs describes how we can use the remarkable and common-sense defying properties of quantum particles to build incredibly precise sensors. These open up endless possibilities in healthcare, transport, navigation, civil engineering and many other sectors. The development of gravity sensors means we will be able to see into the ground to detect underground hazards such as mineshafts and sinkholes, helping to prevent engineering disasters. Magnetic sensors will help us understand more about how the brain works, so that we can further research into illnesses such as dementia. Through our research and development in building quantum clocks, we will be able to detect minute variations in time and help put the most precise of timestamps of banking transactions. Precise time will also help guide the UK in developing and taking ownership of our own mobile navigation system. At the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology, Kai’s team is bringing this fundamental science into practical applications through partnering with key industry businesses across the country, including Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and Samsung.
Kai Bongs is director of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology, which forms part of the UK national quantum technologies programme. He also leads the quantum matter team at the University of Birmingham as part of the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre. He was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Josiah Mason award for his work on driving practical applications of quantum sensors based on cold atoms. His research work focuses on ultraprecise clocks and sensors for gravity and their applications