National Physical Laboratory

Graphene joins the race to redefine the ampere

A new joint innovation by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Cambridge could pave the way for redefining the ampere in terms of fundamental constants of physics. The world's first ...

May 12, 2013
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New capacitors to improve electric vehicles

Scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have developed a new lead-free, high temperature ceramic capacitor that could improve the efficiency and reliability of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Aug 02, 2013
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Cold atoms for quantum technology

Researchers from the National Physical Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, Imperial College London and University of Glasgow have developed a portable way to produce ultracold atoms for quantum technology ...

May 08, 2013
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A 'quantum leap' in encryption technology

Toshiba Research Europe, BT, ADVA Optical Networking and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, today announced the first successful trial of Quantum Key Distribution ...

Apr 24, 2014
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New nanodevice builds electricity from tiny pieces

(Phys.org) -- A team of scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and University of Cambridge has made a significant advance in using nano-devices to create accurate electrical currents. Electrical ...

Jul 06, 2012
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On the edge of graphene

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have discovered that the conductivity at the edges of graphene devices is different to the central material.

Aug 11, 2014
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Quantum model helps solve mysteries of water

A research team from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the University of Edinburgh and IBM's TJ Watson Research Center has revealed a major breakthrough in the modelling of water that could shed light ...

Jun 04, 2013
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Kilogram celebrates its 125th birthday

The IPK has been the global standard for mass for the last 125 years; it was sanctioned at the first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) on 7-9 September 1889 in Paris. This is likely to be ...

Sep 25, 2014
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A new model for quantum noise

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has published research in Nature Communications that updates one of the most fundamental concepts in the physics of quantum electronic devices - the standard tunnel ...

Jun 18, 2014
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