GB-Didcot: UKRI-1969 - Dipole Laser Cavities

Competitive Contract Notice

1. Title: GB-Didcot: UKRI-1969 - Dipole Laser Cavities
2. Awarding Authority:
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. 01793 442000, Email:, URL:
Contact: STFC Procurement, Attn: Tessa Andrews
3. Contract Type: Supplies

4. Description: Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses). The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is funded through UKRI and seeks to enhance the UK’s global leadership in quantum computing, to help translate UK research strengths into innovation, and enable the creation of the first generation of quantum computers, helping to build a resilient future economy.

The National Quantum Computing Centre aims at building quantum computers which will be made available to end users. Among others, one of the hardware platforms we are developing is based on trapped ions. In trapped ions quantum computing, lasers are used to interact with the internal states of a single and multiple ions. Depending on the chosen ion species and internal states, specific laser frequencies are used. In order to implement operations with lasers, the lasers need to be permanently frequency stabilised.

The standard way to achieve the required stability is to reference each laser to a pair of mirrors – which form a cavity. The distance between the mirrors is fixed in length and can be made to be stable enough to act as the required reference.

This tender is aimed at the purchase of a (single) set of cavities used to stabilise a number of lasers The delivery of the cavities must be before the 1st of September 2022, which is fundamental to the success of the project.

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5. CPV Codes:
38000000 - Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses).

6. NUTS Codes :

7. Main Site or Location of Works, Main Place of Delivery or Main Place of Performance: UNITED KINGDOM,
8. Reference Attributed by the Awarding Authority: UKRI-1969
9. Estimated Value of Requirement: Category I: 50K to 100K
Currency: GBP
10. Deadline for Expression of Interest: 07/04/2022 14:00:00
11. Address to which they must be sent:
Not Provided

12. Other Information:
Other Information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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Suitable for VCO: No
Procedure Type:OPEN
Period of Work Start date: 25/04/2022
Period of Work End date: 01/09/2022
Is this a Framework Agreement?: no