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Spectrum of hot methane

Spectrum of hot methane in astronomical objects using a comprehensive computed line list

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by researchers from UCL Physics & Astronomy and the University of New South Wales. More...

Published: Jun 18, 2014 4:54:56 PM

Quantum Phase Transitions

"Like melting an entire iceberg with a hot poker" – UCL scientists explore the strange world of quantum phase transitions

“What a curious feeling,” says Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behaviour we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. More...

Published: May 13, 2014 4:06:57 PM

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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis published today in the journal Nature Communications. More...

Published: Jan 9, 2014 3:48:33 PM

Quantum Information

Prof Sougato Bose Prof Tania Monteiro Dr Alexandra Olaya-Castro Jonathan Oppenheim
Dr Dan Browne Dr Alessio Serafini    

Quantum Computers, when realized, hold the promise of speeding up the solution of certain problems perceived as difficult on a classical computer, and particularly enabling the controlled simulations of the behaviour of complex many-body quantum systems. In the foreseeable future, one expects the size of individual quantum computers to be rather limited due to fundamental obstacles, and identifying viable ways to connect and network such computers to enhance their effective computational power has a high technological incentive.

We have a wide range of research interestsed within the field of quanutm information theory, mostly falling into the following categories:

  • Entanglement and quantum information
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum state transfer using spin chains
  • Quantum computation using higher dimensional spins
  • Quantum coherence, correlations and entanglement in photosynthetic complexes
  • Measurement-based quantum computation
  • Quantum many-body systems
  • Quantum thermodynamics


You can find more information about our research on our homepage.