UK company makes headway in quantum technology

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TMD is contributing to the development of quantum technology in the UK with applications in atomic clocks, navigation systems and defence applications.

TMD Technologies (TMD) been invited to exhibit at the forthcoming National Quantum Technologies Showcase in London on the 22nd November 2017.

The invitation to attend this important event emphasises TMD’s innovative background and scientific expertise, and is a result of the company’s collaboration with academic and ultra hi-tech industry partners to realise the commercialisation of quantum 2.0 technologies. These technologies include small, portable, rugged atomic clocks, clock test and evaluation facilities; compact frequency-stabilised laser sources and miniature magneto-optical traps.

The UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme involves substantial government investment over the next five years. It is aimed at advancing the introduction of quantum technologies into the commercial marketplace – to greatly enhance the potential of the UK’s established and growing companies and industries and apply the practical benefits of quantum technologies to everyday lives.

At the National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2017, TMD will be exhibiting:

* Virtual link to the FEMTO-AAD evaluation rig – a live demonstration of the FEMTO-AAD facility.
* Rubidium/Caesium filled hollow core fibre – key component for the quantum fibre clock (FEMTO-2ND / QFC).
* Rubidium filled miniature cells – key component for the frequency stabilised laser packages, which themselves form a key component of many systems (FLAME).
* Miniature non-metallic magneto optical traps – key component for cold atom experimentation and sensor development (gMOT/ColdCell).

Technology partnerships

TMD is currently partnering with Kelvin Nanotechnology, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow to develop small, self-contained magneto optical traps (ColdCell and gMOT). The company is also working with Optocap and Fraunhofer UK on small frequency stabilised laser systems (FLAME).

Commented TMD’s Business Development Manager, Richard Patrick: “We are proud to be part of the quantum technology community and contributing towards the UK’s world leading position in the emerging multi-billion-pound quantum technology market. Working with Chronos Technolgy and the University of Bath, we are currently building novel approaches for compact, portable atomic clocks, which far exceed the performance of existing portable models. These clocks could be used as either stand-alone timing systems or as hold-over clocks in the event of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) denial.”

Continued Dr Edward Boughton, Development Engineer at TMD: “The quantum technology programme also impinges on the defence world by being able to provide sensors and detectors with unique and un-maskable capabilities. These have the potential to invalidate some existing technologies and thus substantially alter the strategic playing field. To this end TMD is a member of two consortia developing component technologies for the quantum sensing market.”

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