IOP Institute of Physics

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For the development of the Kelvin High Cooling Power Cryogenic System, which will enable research in photonic quantum computing.

The research application of the integration of quantum photonic circuits with single-photon detectors in cryogenic environments will enable quantum photonic computers that will revolutionise computing over the coming decades.

Quantum computing is based on quantum bits or qubits. Unlike traditional computers, in which bits must have a value of either zero or one, a qubit can represent a zero, a one, or both values simultaneously. Representing information in qubits allows the information to be processed in ways that have no equivalent in classical computing, taking advantage of phenomena such as quantum tunneling and quantum entanglement. As such, quantum computers may theoretically be able to solve certain problems in a few days that would take millions of years on a classical computer.

A requirement of this research is the dissipation of large amounts of power while keeping the processor at an ultralow temperature. Such conditions can be achieved in the patented cryostats developed by ICEoxford. This is a unique solution and has outperformed all other products currently in the market. Therefore, it has contributed significantly to the development of quantum photonic instruments.

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