Quantum Technologies 2018-02-14T15:59:48+00:00

Quantum Technologies (QT)

Research, Space, Defence, Finance, including stock exchanges and other markets, which are critically dependent on precise time synchronisations and sensing of gravitational and magnetic anomalies, have a growing need to translate quantum technologies research into practical commercialisation.

UniKLasers is an active participant in UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and a winner of several Innovate UK Grant Awards for QT.

Our Solo 698 is specifically built for QT Sensing and Quantum Clock applications.

We are currently working on expanding our QT range.

Talk to us about Solo 813/QT and Solo 780/QT (to be launched late 2018) –  info@uniklasers.com

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Quantum Technologies is a broad term used to describe the instrumentation that is being developed from the state‐of‐the‐art quantum physics R&D and precise electronics engineering.

Applications of these technologies range from secure communications (such as for financial transactions or defence & security) and data storage, medical diagnostics, magnetic sensors, gravity sensors, quantum computing and new frequency standards. Whilst some of these are closer to market then others, the quantum technologies revolution requires the development of a suite of new instrumentation and underpinning products before commercial applications can be realised.

Two of the key technologies in the quantum technology sector are optical lattice clocks and atom interferometers (cold atom technology). Optical clocks for instance use lasers to cool, trap and interrogate the atoms and can provide accuracies far beyond the current state of the art microwave clocks and have the ability to push even further with advances in optical technologies.

A key component of optical clocks are lasers as they are required for the trapping, cooling and interrogation of the atoms. Optical clocks can be formed around a variety of confined reference isotopes (Such as Rb, Sr, Cs, Yb, Al, Mg) and each has its own set of laser wavelength requirements. This leads to a large number of new laser wavelengths being required in suitable packaging and embodiments which are fit for use in commercial systems and not for research alone.

It is difficult to overestimate the impact of electronic computers on modern society – and yet, just a few decades ago, computer technology was a creature of the research laboratory due to their enormous complexity, power requirement, and cost. The uptake of such technology by wider, non-specialist society was only possible once improvements in the size, cost and performance of the subsystems upon which computers depend had been realised. Quantum technology finds itself at a similar junction. These systems are now a reality and hold enormous potential to revolutionise our lives, but they are only found in research laboratories because they depend upon very expensive, very large laser systems. In this project, we will reduce the size and cost of these critical components enormously, without losing performance, in order to place the UK at the vanguard of QT development and commercialisation.

The project is in collaboration with Fraunhofer Centre of Applied Photonics, UK and Birmingham University.

Quantum technologies are braced to have a similarly wide and ubiquitous social impact that electronics have enjoyed since the invention of the transistor, but to achieve this it will be necessary to miniaturise all the component subsystems, in particular the single-frequency lasers sources needed to manipulate the quantum states of atoms and ions. In this project we will develop ultra-compact solid-state lasers, using an innovative design to extend the wavelength coverage and functionality of microchip lasers. The development of such compact and rugged sources of single-frequency light sources will be instrumental in paving the way for quantum technologies to reach their full potential and make the transition from research labs and large scale installations into industrial and consumer markets.

The project is in collaboration with Fraunhofer Centre of Applied Photonics, UK.

In collaboration with our partners Fraunhofer UK and Birmingham University our newest project will start at the beginning of 2018. We will be looking at the development of a compact and rugged single-frequency light source required by Quantum Technologies to manipulate the quantum states of atoms and ions.

This project will make use of our innovative proprietary technology platform and we will develop a compact single-frequency solid-state laser to control the quantum states of Strontium atoms via light-matter interaction at their near-infrared transition at wavelength 813nm. This work will help place the UK at the vanguard of Quantum Technology development and commercialisation.