University of Glasgow Partners with Oxford Instruments NanoScience on Quantum Computing

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University of Glasgow, a leader in quantum technology and education, is using Oxford Instruments’ next generation Cryofree refrigerator, Proteox, as part of its research to accelerate the commercialization of quantum computing in the UK.

The University of Glasgow, a pioneering institution at the leading edge of quantum technology development and home of the Quantum Circuits Group, announced it’s using Oxford Instruments’ next generation Cryofree® refrigerator, Proteox, as part of its research to accelerate the commercialization of quantum computing in the UK.

“We’re excited to be using Proteox, the latest in cryogen-free refrigeration technology, and to have the system up and running in our lab,” comments Professor Martin Weides, Head of the Quantum Circuits Group. “Oxford Instruments is a long-term strategic partner and today’s announcement highlights the importance of our close collaboration to the future of quantum computing development. Proteox is designed with quantum scale-up in mind, and through the use of its Secondary Insert technology, we’re able to easily characterize and develop integrated chips and components for quantum computing applications.”

The University of Glasgow, its subsidiary and commercialization partner, Kelvin Nanotechnology, and Oxford Instruments NanoScience are part of a larger consortium supported by funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, granted in April 2020. The consortium partners will boost quantum technology development by the design, manufacture, and test of superconducting quantum devices.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the major contribution Oxford Instruments is making towards pioneering quantum technology work in the UK,” states Stuart Woods, Managing Director of Oxford Instruments NanoScience. “With our 60 years of experience of in-house component production and global service support, we are accelerating the commercialization of quantum to discover what’s next – supporting our customers across the world.”

Proteox is a next-generation Cryofree system that provides a step change in modularity and adaptability for ultra-low temperature experiments in condensed-matter physics and quantum computing industrialization. The Proteox platform has been developed to provide a single, interchangeable modular solution that can support multiple users and a variety of set-ups or experiments. It also includes remote management software which is integral to the system design, enabling, for example, the system to be managed from anywhere in the world. To find out more, visit

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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