QuantIC, the University of Glasgow- led quantum imaging hub, is supporting quantum science out of the research lab and into the commercial world. With applications in healthcare, security, energy and defence, QuantIC is giving the UK a head start in the international race to industrialise quantum technologies.
As part of the £270M investment of UK National Technologies Programme (UKNQTP), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded a national network of four Quantum Technologies Hubs across the UK. QuantIC is the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging. It brings together more than 120 full time researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Oxford, Strathclyde and Warwick with more than 40 industry partners.
- Wee-g ultra-sensitive gravity imager –the Wee-g gravimeter was developed by researchers at QuantIC, and Kelvin Nanotechnology is now developing a robust and repeatable manufacturing process, an essential step to commercialisation.
- Next generation cameras – QuantIC is developing a single-pixel camera that can look around corners, and next generation cameras that can visualise toxic invisible gases or buried bombs, look under the skin for tumours, and see clearly through smoke.
The GasSight project, led by Glasgow-based company M Squared Lasers, is exploring use of active illumination for remote sensing and spectroscopy in combination with QuantIC’s single pixel camera technology, to provide imaging solutions for the global gas sensing market.
QuantIC researchers in collaboration with Scottish SME Gas Sensing Solutions are developing mid-infrared sensors at the JWNC based on antimonide minerals; it is anticipated that this will open up new applications in biological imaging, security and sensing.