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Star Gazing at University of Surrey

The Astrophysics Group held the first star gazing event on the 20 October 2016. The event had an incredible turn out with nearly 200 people participating.

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.

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