Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) is a £40 million Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) programme that aims to transform our approach to understanding the universe and its evolution.
The QTFP programme aims to demonstrate how quantum technologies can be utilised to investigate key fundamental physics questions such as the search for dark matter, the nature of gravity and measurements of the quantum properties of elementary particles, thus ensuring the UK remains a first rank nation in the physics and quantum communities around the world.
Seven projects have been funded under this programme:
Quantum-enhanced Interferometry for new physics
Principal investigator: Harmut Grote
Using quantum technologies we can now explore new fields of physics, seeking answers to long-standing questions like “what is dark matter?” and “is space-time quantised?”
A network of clocks for measuring the stability of fundamental constants
Principal investigator: Giovanni Barontoni
Using quantum technology we can now network ultra-advanced atomic clocks to investigate the origin of dark matter and dark energy, which constitute 95% of the universe, but have so far eluded any detection.
Determination of absolute neutrino mass using quantum technologies
Principal investigator: Ruben Saaykan
The QTNM project aims to harness recent breakthroughs in quantum technologies to solve one of the most important outstanding challenges in particle physics – determining the absolute mass of neutrinos.
Quantum sensors for the hidden sector
Principal investigator: Ed Daw
Amplifiers operating at the quantum limit are essential for probing the astrophysics of the hidden sector. With this technology, we could solve the dark matter problem.
A UK atom interferometer observatory and network
Principal investigator: Oliver Buchmuller
Using ultracold strontium atom interferometers as quantum sensors to tackle open questions in fundamental physics, such as the nature of dark matter, the existence of new fundamental interactions, and novel sources of gravitational waves.
Quantum enhanced superfluid technologies for dark matter and cosmology
Principal investigator: Andrew Casey
Combining Quantum Technology with ultralow temperatures we can now search for dark matter in a mass regime that is strongly motivated by theory, but inaccessible using current techniques.
Quantum simulators for fundamental physics
Principal investigator: Silke Weinfurtner
Using a novel high-precision interferometric scheme to observe the surface dynamics of quantum fluids, we will elucidate unifying features of quantum phenomena around rotating black holes and rotating fluid flows.