Monthly Archives: October 2016

Robert Hadfield

Robert Hadfield, Professor of Photonics at the University of Glasgow and QuantIC scientist, has been elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). The OSA, established a century ago, is the oldest international society for optics, promoting education, research and industry applications in optics. Professor Hadfield joins a distinguished group of members who have served the optics and photonics community with distinction. The OSA Board of Directors have recognised Professor Hadfield for ‘pioneering contributions in the development of superconducting single-photon detectors and advanced photon counting applications’.

Professor Hadfield has developed some of the world’s most sensitive detectors for single light quanta – photons – and deployed these detectors in a range of important emerging applications, including quantum cryptography, atmospheric remote sensing and dose monitoring for laser cancer treatment. Within the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow, Professor Hadfield leads the Quantum Sensors Group and the Division of Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering. His current work is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, the European Research Council and QuantIC.

QuantIC’s technology has been making inroads with industry and 7 new projects have been awarded partnership resources in the last round of funding applications. Some of the companies QuantIC’s researchers will be collaborating with include M Squared Lasers,Gooch and Housego and Leonardo, focusing on a wide range of research projects such as passive terahertz imaging, polarisation control and mosaic filters for multi-spectral imaging.


The Hub’s £4M Partnership Resource Funds targets the translation of research outcomes into industrial applications and commercial opportunities. All applications submitted are assessed and evaluated by the QuantIC Market Opportunities Panel, which is made up of industry and government partners such as Thales, Andor, Scottish Enterprise and Dstl.

Furthermore, QuantIC has also listened to market feedback on the Partnership Resource Fund and in addition to feasibility studies and demonstrator projects, applications can also be made for market studies, supporting prototype development and enterprise fellowships.More information on the QuantIC’s Partnership Resource Fund can be found here.

The closing date for the next submission is 23 Jan 2017.

Explorathon’16 returned to Glasgow on the last Friday of September at the Glasgow Science Centre and QuantIC’s researchers were on hand to showcase some of the developments on their work to the public where they were “making the invisible visible”. Proceedings kicked off with one of our researchers giving a talk on chirality at the Science Show Theatre which saw over 120 people attending to understand more about chiral rotational spectroscopy and how it could be useful in the analysis of molecules.

Explorathon Collage
QuantIC’s demonstrator on the single pixel camera showed how objects could be viewed at different wavelengths and there were some giggles from the public when they saw themselves on screen and also when some realised that materials of the clothes they were wearing became a bit see through in front of the camera! Our other demonstrator highlighted the work we were doing on sensors that could detect invisible gases such as Carbon Dioxide and how they could potentially help to detect the best time for harvesting ripe crops. Posters on “A brief early history of quantum physics” were also given away to anyone who came up to us and said, “I’m a Quantum Buddy!” and there were quite a few that evening.

The demonstrators at Explorathon also complemented QuantIC’s “Making the invisible visible” permanent exhibition at the Glasgow Science Centre which saw heavy footfall as our researchers directed them there to find out more about our work. All in all, it was a fun but exhaustive evening with our researchers engaging with more than 200 people at the event this year.

QuantIC showed off a couple of new demonstrators to industry at the SPIE Security + Defence 2016 Conference in Edinburgh on 27 and 28 September as a sneak preview to what the Hub will be exhibiting at the 2nd UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase in London on 3 November.

On display were the 3D imaging system using single pixel camera technology and the hidden object tracker. Working in collaboration with Leonardo, the 3D Single Pixel Camera offers real advantages in 3D ranging application due to its exquisite timing resolution. The Hidden Object Tracker from QuantIC’s researchers at Heriot Watt University in collaboration with Thales highlighted the development around a camera system that could image around a corner using localised arrays of SPADs. The Hub’s exhibition stand was busy and saw interest from companies such as BAE systems, Airbus Defence and Space and Raptor Photonics.

SPIE CollageLast week’s SPIE Defence + Security / Remote Sensing conference in Edinburgh was well attended and featured plenary sessions from luminaries in the fields of fiber lasers and quantum technologies, including Professor Sir Peter Knight, who highlighted the importance of quantum enabled technology based on photonics.

QuantIC will be presenting more demonstrators at the 2nd UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase in London on 3rd November. For more information on the event, click on this link.