Scotland’s photonics sector is a £1 Billion industry supporting 4,000 highly skilled jobs.
It is estimated that value-add per employee in photonics is 3x the national average. Therefore, the dynamism of the sector is reflected in its hefty contribution to Scottish exports and creates worldwide partnerships and collaborations for both research and the commercial supply chain.
The sector leverages strong support from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, with more than than 30% of the UK Government’s Innovate UK funding for quantum coming into Central Scotland alone.
Innovate UK’s flagship project for Quantum Technology is QT Assemble, which aims to overcome technological barriers to create new markets across the industry.
UniKLasers is one of 14 companies involved with this programme – spearheaded by Fraunhofer UK – collaborating with companies across the UK to source ways of increasing the reliability and reducing the size, weight, power and cost of laser components and systems for current and future Quantum Technology needs.
Indeed, as part of QT Assemble, UniKLasers works to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of our lasers as key components for the emerging commercial QT market, while reducing the cost, power consumption and footprint.
We have developed 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 laser light 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 [More]...
Originally published via Scottish Business News: https://scottishbusinessnews.net/opinion-scotland-keeps-a-laser-sharp-focus-on-advancing-quantum-technology/