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Glasgow Uni Enters Major New Quantum Tech Partnership 

University of Glasgow researchers have partnered with Sung Kyung Kwan University (SKKU) in the Republic of Korea for a major new international partnership in quantum technologies.

The five-year Joint research centre in Superconducting Electro-Optic technology for Near-infrared single photon counting project, or JOSEON, aims to develop cutting-edge quantum devices.

The researchers plan on working together to create next-generation superconducting photon detectors for demanding applications such as secure quantum communication networks in optical fibre and space.

Professor Robert Hadfield, of the James Watt School of Engineering, and Professor Yonuk Chong, of the SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology, will lead JOSEON, which is also the historic name for the Kingdom of Korea.

JOSEON is one of just four Korea-Europe Quantum Science and Technology Collaboration Centres selected for funding by the National Research Council of Korea.

The project will be supported by £2.8m in funding across its lifespan.

Professor Chong said: “I am delighted to be working with my good friend Professor Robert Hadfield, who is a renowned expert in superconducting photon detectors. I am impressed by the superb facilities in the ARC and the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the University of Glasgow.”

Professor Hadfield added: “It is a great honour that our project was selected by the National Research Foundation of Korea. This will facilitate exchange of expertise on superconducting devices and accelerate scientific progress on emerging quantum technologies.

“I am very pleased to be hosting Dongki Choi and Beomgyu Cho as visiting postgraduate researchers and I am looking forward to visiting Professor Chong’s labs and facilities at SKKU Suwon.”

The JOSEON partnership builds on a Memorandum of Understanding on Research Co-operation between the University of Glasgow and SKKU signed in March 2022.

Professor Konstantinos Kontis, the University of Glasgow’s dean for global engagement (China & East Asia), said: “This consolidates the strong partnership between the University of Glasgow and SKKU, two universities with historic traditions which are world-leading in advanced science and engineering. I congratulate Professor Hadfield and Professor Chong and wish them success with JOSEON.”

Source: DIGIT

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