Monthly Archives: February 2019
QuantIC has just returned from a successful exhibition at Photonics West. The event saw more than 23,000 registered attendees this year, making it the biggest Photonics West to date. With hundreds of product launches and live demonstrations, as well as the staggering number of technologies on display, the exhibition floor was a continuous hive of activity.
The Hub presented some of its imaging components internationally for the first time and it attracted a lot of interest from attendees. Dr Steven Johnson, who was exhibiting as a QuantIC exhibitor for the first time said, “Photonics West was good to attend and there was a lot of interest, from both industry and academic. There was a lot of discussion on the SPAD array; this is clearly sought after.”
QuantIC also co-hosted a whiskey tasting reception with the British Consulate and the Scottish Optoelectronics Association at the UK Pavilion and this also helped to foster more networking opportunities with industry.
Quantum technology was also very much on the agenda at Photonics West with some of the conference proceedings focused on areas such as advanced quantum and optoelectronics applications.
Dr Michael Fletcher, QuantIC’s Business Development Manager said, “It is clear that industry is increasing its use of quantum technologies across a growing range of markets. In particular there was increased interest in single photon detection arrays for a variety of applications ranging from LiDAR systems through to lifetime fluorescence spectroscopy. We had good footfall at our stand and continued to raise our profile by being here. I think this bodes well for future collaborations when we enter the second phase of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.”
QuantIC, the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging, will be exhibiting its latest imaging prototypes and associated components at Photonics West, from 5-7 February 2019 in San Francisco. Now in its 25th year, the event is the largest and most influential annual photonics technologies showcase in North America with over 21,000 attendees, two exhibitions and 1,300 exhibiting companies.
Some of the QuantIC imaging components that will be on display for the first time include the Ge on Si SPAD, a low-cost detector that extends the wavelength range of the silicon detector into the infrared to improve imaging through fog and smoke, Indipix, a mid-infrared imager based on a unique indium antimonide technology that can detect specific gases and Wee-g, a compact ultra-stable Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) based accelerometer capable of measuring tiny changes in the gravitational field and find buried objects. The team will be available for technical discussions to explore potential new opportunities to collaborate and commercialise quantum imaging technologies.
Principal Investigator Professor Miles Padgett said, “QuantIC’s vision has been to exploit the potential of Quantum science and translate it into emerging technologies. The prototypes and components we’ve developed are the first steps to the further commercialisation opportunities with industry”. Professor Padgett has also been invited to speak at Photonic West and will be presenting a paper on “Beating classical imaging limits with entangled photonics on 5 Feb.
QuantIC will be at Stand 5159 as part of the UK Pavilion at Photonics West.
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