Monthly Archives: May 2016

QuantIC is collaborating with Glasgow-based Horiba Jobin Yvon IBH Limited in assessing the feasibility of multiplexed time-correlated single photon timing fluorescence systems.

The phenomenon of fluorescence provides a multidimensional signature of a molecule and is widely used for analysis and research, for example in sequencing the human genome and disease diagnostics. The fluorescence signature of a molecule carries information that includes the wavelengths of excitation and emission (colour), the intensity of the emitted light (brightness), the characteristic time for emission (decay time), polarization (alignment), position (image) and yield (efficiency).

However, at present all commercially available fluorescence instrumentation accesses only a small fraction of this information and requires many sequential measurements over a long period of time to build up a complete molecular fluorescence signature.

QuantIC’s researchers at the University of Strathclyde and University of Edinburgh will assess the feasibility of adding multiplexed (imaging) detection systems to Horiba’s range of instruments in order to speed up measurements, which will open up new applications, for example in the study of transient species.

This project is being led by Professor David Birch from the University of Strathclyde.


About Horiba 

The HORIBA Group of worldwide companies provides an extensive array of instruments and systems for applications ranging from automotive R&D, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology, to a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements. HORIBA Jobin Yvon Ltd was established in 1989 and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of analytical and spectroscopic systems and components.For more information, please visit

A workshop on enhanced imaging for the Defence and Security sector was organised last month by QuantIC and in partnership with one of the world’s leading defence technology and security companies, QinetiQ.

Hosted at QinetiQ’s Malvern premises, the event was attended by over 25 industrialists from organisations such as Airbus, DSTL, BAE, e2v, Selex and Thales and 11 academics from QuantIC.


The workshop was opened by QinetiQ’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeremy Ward who gave a brief overview of the imaging challenges facing the industry. This was followed by an overview of QuantIC by Professor Miles Padgett, the Hub’s Principal Investigator, and an invited talk by Simon Bennett, Deputy Director of Strategy and Planning at Innovate UK, who spoke about the investment the UK government has made in quantum technologies and the opportunity this has presented industry with. Technology poster sessions and round table discussions on topics such as seeing through a brownout and imaging with sparse data allowed industrialists to explore possible applications with the Hub’s academics in attendance.

As a direct result of the event QuantIC is now in active discussions regarding new Partnership Resource Projects and industrial sponsorship of new PhD studentships.

Jeremy Ward, Chief Technology Officer of QinetiQ said, “Quantum imaging can be useful for imaging in low-light or brown-out conditions or seeing round corners. We’re glad to have been involved in sponsoring the workshop to explore mutual areas of collaboration within the sector and with QuantIC.”

QuantIC’s Principal Investigator, Professor Miles Padgett said, “We’re grateful to QinetiQ to sponsoring the workshop with us. It’s allowed us to improve our understanding of the industrial challenges facing the Defence and Security sector and to build our contact base with industry”

QuantIC plans to hold another workshop in the area of Life Sciences later in the year. If you would like to explore developing an industry workshop with QuantIC, please get in touch with us.