Monthly Archives: February 2018

QuantIC Professors Giles Hammond and Robert Henderson have been made Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Professor Hammond is Professor of Experimental Gravitational Physics at the University of Glasgow while Professor Henderson is Personal Chair of Electronic Imaging in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. They are two of 66 new Fellows elected to the RSE this year.

RSE Academics

The RSE is a leading educational charity which operates on an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783, the work of Scotland’s National Academy includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivery events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The Fellows come from a wide range of disciplines, including the arts, business, science and technology and academia.

Professor Hammond’s work in QuantIC focusses on Wee-g, a MEMS based accelerometer capable of measuring tiny changes in the gravitational field which has generated significant industrial interest of commercialisation. More info on Wee-g can be found here.

Professor Henderson’s work in QuantIC focusses on QuantICAM, a CMOS SPAD which offers both single photon sensitivity and high precision time of arrival detection. This has applications in areas such as time-of-flight 3D imaging, positron emission tomography and time-resolved live-cell microscopy. More information on QuantICAM can be found here.

The Hub highlighted its strong collaborative relationships with industry

QuantIC attended its first Photonics West in 2017 with a small stand and following the positive reception, the Hub was back this year with a bigger footprint showcasing new imaging technology developed through its industrial partnership projects. Exhibits included the Gas sight camera with M Squared Lasers, Fresnel cone technology with Gooch and Housego, and the Quanticam based Photon Counting FLIM Camera with Horiba Scientific.

Photonics West 2018

Dr David McLoskey, Managing Director of Horiba Scientific, who was on hand to exhibit with the QuantIC team said, “Showcasing HORIBA’s Quanticam-based Photon Counting FLIM System at Photonics West was an excellent networking opportunity and we thank the QuantIC team for making it possible.”

The Scottish Optoelectronics Association (SOA) had also been invited to exhibit with QuantIC at Photonics West 2018, highlighting the Hub’s relationship with the photonics industry in Scotland. ‘The SOA was delighted to co-exhibit with QuantIC at Photonics West 2018’, said Stephen Taylor, CEO of Technology Scotland. ‘It was fantastic to see the ground-breaking work of QuantIC and other SOA members being showcased at the world’s largest photonics event, and to co-host a Whisky Tasting, which attracted a very large gathering.”

SPIE Photonics West broke attendance records this year with over 23,000 registered attendees. Over 1300 companies exhibited and the exhibition saw a 10% increase in visitors.

QuantIC has plans to exhibit at a number of events this year. Follow us on twitter @QuantIC_QTHub for the latest updates.

The Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition had a record number of entries when it closed the call for entries on 1 Dec 2017.

Quantum Shorts 2017-Ver2

The shortlisting panel members of the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition have read thousands and thousands of words across hundreds of stories to choose the shortlists and we are thrilled to announce ten finalists in the competition’s open category and eight in the youth category, coming from writers around the world. Each story takes inspiration from quantum physics, is no more than 1000 words long, and includes the phrase “There are only two possibilities: yes or no”.

All of these writers have already won prizes – with more awards to be decided by our distinguished judges. Now it’s time for you to help someone get even more reward for their writing. You can vote in the People’s Choice prize from now until 23:59 GMT on Thursday 15 February. The story that gets the most support will win a People’s Choice prize of $500.

Click on this link to read all the shortlisted entries and vote for your favourite!

Happy reading!!