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New research reveals hundreds of undiscovered black holes

New research by the University of Surrey published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has shone light on a globular cluster of stars that could host several hundred black holes, a phenomenon that until recently was thought impossible.

Applying principles based on Schrödinger’s famous “cat-in-a-box” thought experiment could be used in quantum technologies

The new paper published in Scientific Reports suggests a theoretical method for realising a ‘teleportation protocol’ that could make use of such ‘cat-states’ – where matter can be in two states at once – in quantum computation.

Secretary of State opens test facility developed through Surrey-SME project partnership

Last week, Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, officially opened an exciting new test facility which has been developed thanks to a collaborative research partnership between the University’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Department of Physics with Sussex-based SME, Plastipack Ltd.

Can something really be in two places at once?

It seems like the dream of science-fiction enthusiasts everywhere – the idea that objects can be in two places at once, performing two different tasks at the same time. Watch our video to see Professor Ben Murdin discuss this mind-bending theory and the race to build the world’s first quantum computer.

Transit of Mercury

Only a handful of times per century do we get to witness Mercury transiting our Sun. On Monday 11th May we welcomed the public to our telescope dome on campus to see this exciting event for themselves.

New research shows how silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets

Silver nanowires are an ideal material for current and future flexible touch-screen technologies

Surrey Professor explores mysteries of our universe on BBC Four

A new two-part series presented by Surrey’s Professor of Theoretical Physics Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all – the beginning and end of our universe.

How quantum computers will transform technology

Researchers at the University of Surrey are exploring quantum computers – the technology of the future.

Medical Physics MSc graduate shortlisted for SET for BRITAIN awards

Nicolle Dunkerley will present a poster on her dissertation project, conducted in collaboration with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, at a special Houses of Parliament event.

Surrey research on infrared lasers offers route to smartphone sensors that detect disease

A collaboration between Surrey and the Technische Universitat Munchen has developed tiny infrared lasers that are viable for use as sensors in smartphones.

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