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QuantIC, has awarded its first three partnership resource grants, which aims to expedite the translation of new emerging quantum enhanced imaging technology for industrial applications.
Evaluated by an industry led Market Opportunities Panel, the projects are:
• Gas Sight – MSquared Lasers supported by Glasgow University
• SPADnet2 – STMicroelectronics supported by Edinburgh University
• Dual mode 3D Single Pixel Camera – Finmeccanica-Selex ES supported by Glasgow University
Details of the projects can be found below.
This technical feasibility project will investigate, in an industrial setting, the gas detection performance capabilities of the prototype Single Pixel Camera (SPC) developed at Glasgow University. The prototype camera is currently at Technology Readiness Level 4 and has already been demonstrated to detect pure methane in a laboratory setting but requires more extensive testing and development before industrial investment can be attracted.
If it can be shown to work the SPC offers the potential for lower cost, smaller sized, lower power and highly portable remote gas detection system than those currently available. The global gas sensing market was estimated at USD1.78 billion in 2013 and is projected to worth USD 2.32billion by 2018.Gas sensing has relevant applications in sectors such as oil and gas, building and construction, food processing, healthcare and water treatment.
The project will be led by M Squared Lasers and be supported by Glasgow University. It will build and test a new single pixel camera that will be combined with M Squared Lasers’ tunable mid-IR laser to form an active hyperspectral imager.
The project will undertake sensitivity testing of the SPC with regard to
• different gas/air concentrations, down to less than 1000ppm.m
• extended distances, up to 10m.
The study focuses on the inherent capability of the camera, which will still require significant development work if it is ever to be developed for production. It will accelerate its move from the laboratory into industry if it shows enough promise.
QuantIC’s Professor Miles Padgett’s world leading quantum imaging team based at University of Glasgow will build, commission, calibrate and support the SPC.
About M Squared Lasers
M Squared Lasers is a company, which explores, develops and manufactures next-generation lasers and photonic instruments. The core team has more than twenty years of experience in R&D and manufacturing with a track record of award-winning products and business success to show for it. They are already engaged in the gas sensing market. For more information, visit: www.m2lasers.com.
This QuantIC project has the dual aims of knowledge transfer of product operation from the University of Edinburgh into ST Microelectronics and the creation of material, results and documentation, which will allow immediate progression towards exploitation of the SPADnet2 sensors developed under European FP7 project SPADnet.
These smart, large area networked image sensors are based on a conventional CMOS fabrication technology and have applications in Positron Emission Tomography. The sensors, which are faster and cheaper than existing devices, have the added benefit of being compatible with use in strong magnetic fields, a prerequisite for the integration of PET scanners with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. The combination of PET and MRI is particularly desirable for clinical diagnostic in oncology, cardiology and neurology.
The project will further consolidate the lead position held by ST Microelectronics in Edinburgh in the area of SPAD development and lay the groundwork for further development in this area.
QuantIC’s Professor Robert Henderson from the University of Edinburgh is leading on the SPADnet2 project.
ST is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the heart of everyday life. ST’s products are found everywhere today, and together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things devices. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented. Further information can be found at www.st.com.
Dual mode 3D Single Pixel Camera
University of Glasgow and Finmeccanica-Selex ES will investigate the performance of an innovative compact dual mode 3D Single Pixel Camera (SPC), utilizing pulsed laser sources operating in the visible and near infra-red, in providing high spatial resolution image reconstruction of objects and real world scenes over distances of tens to hundreds of metres.
This will be the first time a 3D SPC will have been demonstrated for infrared ranging and profiling in a field trial and if successful, could lead to the development of a robust 3D time-of-flight imaging LIDAR for the visible and IR using low cost single –pixel detectors and cheaper detection optics to provide a more functional alternative to expensive scanning systems. While practical applications for the technology will be relevant for the defence sector, Finmeccanica-Selex ES and Glasgow University will also explore the technology’s potential to other market sectors.
This project is being led by Professor Miles Padgett and his team at the University of Glasgow.
About Selex ES
Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, is an international leader in electronic and information solutions for defence, aerospace, space, security, high-integrity surveillance, network management, information security and mission-essential services.
As a world leader in high technology systems and sensors with extensive experience across a range of sectors and domains, Selex ES is able to meet the diverse needs of customers who require first class solutions. For more info, visit www.selex-es.com.