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The Quantum Science and Technology hub

Find out how we're studying quantum science and developing novel quantum technologies in our Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH)

The first quantum revolution brought a completely new understanding of the physics behind everything we observe and the nature itself of our universe.

Phenomena like quantum superposition (the ability of a particle to be in two states at the same time), entanglement between two particles (the ability to instantaneously change the state of one particle by measuring its entangled counterpart, even at large distances) and quantum interference (in which particles interfere as waves) have been puzzling scientists around the world ever since – including Einstein.

With the advent of the second quantum revolution, these counterintuitive quantum phenomena have continued to trigger a global development of quantum technologies, with the capability of providing strategic benefits to the security, health and wellbeing of our society.

There's a rising global demand for faster computing power, more secure communication protocols, and high-precision metrological schemes for use in medical, environmental, and engineering settings, and this is stimulating a parallel demand for highly-skilled, knowledgable and capable quantum scientists, engineers, and AI, computing and biomedical experts.

And it's this need – along with the necessity to find industrial partners to take the growing quantum technological revolution forward – which has led to the creation of the Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH), under the direction of Dr. Vincenzo Tamma.

The QSTH connects the University's core quantum science and technology staff with experts in related departments across the University – such as artificial intelligence (AI), biomedical engineering, medicine, computing, environmental science and gravitation – and with external collaborators on four continents.

Through the QSTH, we're working to achieve a deeper understanding of quantum science, to develop novel quantum technologies, and to boost the industrial use of quantum technologies at the crossover between different disciplines.


Dr. Vincenzo Tamma

QSTH Founding Director, University of Portsmouth, PO1 3QL | +442392 842452

University QSTH Advisory Board

The QSTH aims to

  • Develop high-precision quantum sensors for medical and environmental applications, remote sensing, infrastructure planning and development (e.g. railway transport, autonomous cars), high precision navigation, testing fundamental laws in the universe
  • Develop a new generation of quantum simulators for medical and environmental applications
  • Secure long distance quantum communication
  • Develop superfast quantum computing devices
  • Explore the interface between AI, data-intensive science and quantum physics techniques to benchmark quantum technologies and quantum machine learning for next generation quantum processors
  • Further the study of quantum phenomena within the fields of quantum optics, matter waves, atom interferometry and the interface between quantum physics and gravity. 

Core members

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Dr Vincenzo Tamma

  • Job Title Reader in Physics
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  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Arseni Goussev

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address
  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Jaewoo Joo

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address
  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Esmaeil Namvar

  • Job Title Teaching Fellow
  • Email Address
  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology

University experts across related fields

David Bacon, Professor of Cosmology

Phil Benson, Reader in Rock Physics

Gordon Blunn, Professor of Bioengineering

Dr Janka Chlebikova, Senior lecturer in Computer Science

Alexander Gegov, Reader in Computational Intelligence

Michal Gnacik, Senior lecturer in Mathematics

Adrian Hopgood, Professor of Intelligent Systems

Mohammad Hoque, Senior lecturer in Hydrogeology

Dylan Jones, Director of Centre for Operational Research and Logistics

Andrew Lundgren, Reader in Gravitational Wave physics

Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research

Marta Roldo, Senior lecturer in Pharmaceutics

Gianluca Tozzi, Reader in Bioengineering

Hui Yu, Professor of Visual Computing

David Wands, Professor of Cosmology

Ittay Weiss, Senior lecturer in Mathematics


International collaborators

Prof. Xiao-Hui Bao, University of Science and Technology of China
Prof. Paolo Facchi, University of Bari, Italy
Dr. Eran Ginossar, Department of Physics, University of Surrey, UK
Prof. Elizabeth Goldschmidt, University of Illinois, US
Prof. Mohammad Hafezi, University of Maryland College Park, U.S
Dr. Yonatan Israel, Physics Department, Stanford University, California, USA
Prof. Kurt Jacobs, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Prof. Hyunseok Jeong, Department of Physics, Seoul National University, S. Korea
Prof. Michał Karpiński, University of Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Jaewan Kim, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, South Korea
Prof. Yoon-Ho Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Dr. Shingo Kono, Riken, Center for Emergent Matter Science, Japan
Prof. Jinhyoung Lee, Department of Physics, Hanyang University, South Korea
Dr. Peter Leek, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, UK
Prof. Alberto Marino, University of Oklahoma, US
Dr. William Munro, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Basic Research Labs, Japan
Prof. Frank Narducci, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, U.S
Prof. Kae Nemoto, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Dr. Daniel Oi, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, UK
Prof. Janwei Pan, University of Science and Technology of China
Prof. Ernst Rasel, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany
Prof. Klaus Richter, University of Regensburg, Germany
Prof. Jonathan Robbins, University of Bristol, UK
Prof. Terry Rudolph, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, UK
Prof. Wolfgang P. Schleich, University of Ulm, Germany
Prof. Yanhua Shih, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Prof. Tim Spiller, Department of Physics, University of York, UK
Prof. Andrew White, University of Queensland, Australia

Work with us

Prospective PhD students are welcome to contact QSTH anytime and to look at projects advertised in our Physics postgraduate research pages.

Further schemes available for post-doctoral prospective applicants keen to join the QSTH – including Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust, EU Marie Curie Fellowships. See for example the current EPSRC quantum technology career development fellowships (deadline for applications 6 October 2021)

We're also very keen to welcome anytime at our QSTH visiting scientist interested in joint collaborations.


The QSTH has secured funding for quantum sensing technologies from the US Department of Defence and is also currently engaging with UK funding agencies and institutions.

Partnerships and links

We have links with a range of business and organisations in industry, and with other government and academic institutions, including:

  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Erasmus partnerships with the University of Bari and the University of Palermo
  • HPE
  • IBM
  • Nabla Ventures and its portfolio companies in quantum technologies – including QLM Technology, Nu Quantum
  • Quantum Engineering Center for Doctoral Training at the University of Bristol
  • Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) at the University of Bristol

Strategic alignment

The work of the centre engages with the University's overall Strategy and with four of the University's Research Themes – Future & Emerging Technologies; Health & Wellbeing; Security & Risk, and Sustainability & Environment. Our work also aligns with the UK Government's Industrial Strategy [PDF] – in which Quantum Technology plays a major role – and responds to the predicted growth of the worldwide quantum technology market ($13.3B investment predicted by 2023).

The work of the QSTH overlaps with many of the University's research areas of expertise – including the two areas listed below within our Physics research.

Recent news and events

  • Public lecture on "Quantum entanglement and the nature of reality" by Prof. Vedral from Oxford University
    9 October 2019 – organised by the School of Maths and Physics and the Portsmouth District Physics Society, chaired by Dr. Vincenzo Tamma

  • Portsmouth Workshop Series: The Quantum Industry 
    19-22 November 2019 – Facilitated by Dr. Andrew Collins, Enterprise Developer for the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC)

  • International Workshop on High-Precision Quantum Metrology
    9-11 September 2020 – organised in conjunction with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG)

  • Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH) official launch event
    9 September 2020

In February 2019, we also hosted a cross-theme course on Quantum Metrology – featuring invited speaker Dr. Antonella De Pasquale from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa – and an international cross-theme workshop on Quantum Sensing Technologies at the University in March 2019.

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