Element Six Participates in EC Research Programme Into Quantum Information

    ASCOT, UK, March 26 /CNW/ - Element Six Ltd (E6) is taking part in a
major European Commission (EC) funded project aimed at developing new
technologies for quantum computing. Researchers world-wide are interested in
developing practical ways of making quantum computers since they have the
potential to bring dramatic improvements in computer performance and
information processing.
    The project in which E6 is involved is called "Engineered Quantum
Information in Nanostructured Diamond" or "EQUIND", and has the aim of
establishing whether specific optical features identified in diamond can be
used as the basic elements for quantum computers and single-photon sources.
The three year project starts in 2007 and is part of the "FET Open Funding
Programme", aimed at studying the potential of future and emerging
technologies that may have an impact on society or industry.
    EQUIND brings together eight groups of leading researchers from academia
and industry and will be co-ordinated by the Ecole Normale Superieure de
Cachan, near Paris. The other partners are the Universities of Bristol and
Warwick in the UK, Stuttgart and Kiel Universities in Germany, the Academy of
Science in Belarus, and the University of Melbourne in Australia. The
consortium combines expertise in two different fields - diamond material
processing and quantum information processing. Steve Coe, Operations Manager
at E6 says, "We believe that this is the first time such a group of
researchers has been formed in Europe and could enhance Europe's leadership in
this field of enabling technology."
    The EQUIND consortium will have access to the best available synthetic
diamond material, for example, ultra-high purity single crystal diamond made
by chemical vapour deposition, developed by E6 for a range of advanced
engineering applications. The material gives EQUIND a strong base to develop
diamond structures with the unique properties demanded by quantum computing.

    Element Six is the world leader in the production of all forms of
synthetic diamond for industrial use. Element Six has pioneered the
development of CVD diamond technology since the 1980s, with a world-renowned
research centre at Ascot dedicated to this activity. CVD diamond opens up many
new application areas outside the traditional abrasive uses of synthetic
diamond. Uses of CVD diamond include laser exit windows, cutting tools,
surgical blades, windows for high-power gyrotrons, heat-spreaders for
electronic devices, as well as active electronic devices.


For further information:

For further information: Christopher Ogilvie Thompson, Commercial
Development Manager, Element Six Ltd, King's Ride Park, Ascot, Berkshire SL5
8BP, Tel: +44-1344-638-200, Fax: +44-1344-638-236, Email: info@e6.com

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