Quantum technology research is set to get a major boost as new cutting-edge laboratories, described as the most advanced in the world, will be built at Lancaster University.
Called the IsoLab, the £2m research complex will consist of three laboratories partially buried in the ground that will be perfectly isolated from the surrounding world. The laboratories will provide the quiet and vibration-free environment needed for extremely sensitive quantum systems and devices. The building will also be shielded from electromagnetic disturbances to eliminate the risk of interference.
“This unique facility will provide a world-beating environment for modern quantum technology and provide support for this field not only for the University, but also for the northwest region and beyond,” said Lancaster University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith.
The three 50-tonne laboratories will provide an environment for advancement of technologies such as quantum optics, nano-machinery, quantum encryption and extreme microscopy.
The facility will serve academics as well as experts from the industry and will provide the lowest temperatures available for cooling quantum systems.
The project has received £1m of funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, as well as support from the Lancaster University itself and contributions from the Wolfson Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the J. P. Moulton Foundation.