The Bristol Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information (NSQI) is Bristol University's dedicated research Centre for NS & QI activities.
Hailed as the quietest building in the world, the centre provides state-of-the-art specialised laboratories where vibration and acoustic noise levels are among the lowest anywhere in the world, despite being located in Bristol city centre.
The centre offers opportunities for the development of future computing, communications and health technologies, as well as advanced materials such as those used in the aerospace industry.
Capita delivered project management and architecture services when the building was in development and construction. This included a monthly strategic forum to inform all attendees of the requirements at all stages of the project and ensure elements of the detail were not lost, affecting ultimate performance.
With no other examples of similar buildings in the UK to act as a benchmark, it was imperative that every detail was understood and its implementation closely controlled and monitored.
The unique environment allows experiments to be undertaken at levels of precision that surpass those achieved in other laboratories around the world. The laboratories are carrying out ground-breaking research including:
- Quantum computing: A primitive quantum computer that uses single particles of light (photons) whizzing through a silicon chip has performed its first mathematical calculation. This is the first time a calculation has been performed on a photonic chip and is a major step towards harnessing the power of single particles of 'light' to perform processing tasks and, ultimately, the development of a super-powerful quantum computer.
- Generating green electricity: A novel material made of tiny diamonds is set to create a new and ‘greener’ way of producing electricity. The material’s unique properties will enable the sun’s heat to be converted directly into electricity, enabling the development of new solar cell technology for applications in power generation. It is envisaged that this will do away with huge solar panels and replace them with something the size of a saucer.