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QuantIC showcases latest technologies at the world’s largest photonics industry event

QuantIC showcased off some of its latest imaging technologies at Laser World of Photonics in Munich for the first time. Laser World of Photonics is the largest international trade fair for photonics components, systems and applications. It is held every two years and attracts over 30,000 visitors. This year it took place from 26-29 June 2017.

Some of the exhibits displayed included the Hub’s Gas Sight Camera, Hidden Object Tracker “Q” Light Source and Fresnel Cone technology. Each exhibit was manned by a QuantIC researcher and the Hub also invited start-up Photon Force to exhibit as its CMOS SPAD technology complemented the Quanticam research being undertaken by QuantIC.

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Over the four days of the event, QuantIC engaged with over a hundred companies from all over the world as well as attendees from the World of Photonics Congress which was taking place at the same time. Most of the Hub’s researchers who attended had also never exhibited their demonstrator before at such an event and found it to be an eye-opening experience. Dr Jonathan Matthews, who was exhibiting the “Q-light source” said, “I was unsure what to expect. This is the first time to be on “that side” of a photonics convention. After, I was enthused about the discussions that the demonstrator generated and the interest that it got. This seems like it is an efficient way to disseminate demonstrators outside of the usual “scientific talks” and trying to get time with company representatives. You have their time here as they have already budgeted to be at the fair.” This was further reiterated by Dr Neal Radwell, who was exhibiting the Fresnel cones technology. He said, “I was very happy to have many great, focussed discussions on how the technology could be used, and where it could not be used. Often in academia the importance is placed on novelty, with little burden on usefulness so it was great to talk to applications and industry-focussed people.”

The feedback and interest from companies who visited the QuantIC stand has been positive and has also been successful in raising the profile of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. Director of QuantIC, Professor Steve Beaumont said, “We’re excited to showcase the UK’s innovation in quantum imaging at Laser World of Photonics. It was an opportunity to highlight internationally the technological advancements our Hub has made through our industrial collaborations and to also develop new partnerships in bringing these innovative technologies to market.”

QuantIC will be looking for more opportunities to engage with industry internationally. Watch this space.