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M Squared Demonstrates 'Quantum Gravimeter'

Photonics.com
Aug 2017
GLASGOW, Scotland, Aug. 15, 2017 — Quantum laser developer M Squared has demonstrated the U.K.’s first industrial quantum gravity technology — a quantum gravimeter.

The device, which can measure gravity, is crucial for such applications as the detection of new oil and gas deposits, surveying unknown underground infrastructures such as pipes and cables, monitoring the water table and preventing flooding and geological surveying.

“A quantum gravimeter can detect and measure atomic interference, a manifestation of wave-particle duality that matter can display when it is in a quantum state at temperatures just above absolute zero,” said Graeme Malcolm, CEO and co-founder of M Squared. “It uses quantum technology to bring unprecedented levels of precision to gravitational measurements and the detection of gravitational fields of hidden objects.”

Named the ANAGRAM project, cofunded by Innovate UK and the UK National Quantum Technologies Program, the device combines the engineering and system integration of M Squared with the expertise of the University of Birmingham’s rofessor Kai Bongs and his group.

“Quantum gravimetry will bring a range of economic, social and environmental benefits in the coming years,” Malcolm said. “Applications can be envisaged in many sectors, from the detection of new oil and gas deposits, surveying unknown underground infrastructures such as pipes and cables, even monitoring the water table. If we can transfer the technology into accurate seismic mapping, it could be used to predict natural disasters ranging from avalanches and volcanic eruptions to tsunamis.”  

M Squared designs and manufactures a range of award winning laser systems for scientific researchers.


GLOSSARY
quantum
Smallest amount into which the energy of a wave can be divided. The quantum is proportional to the frequency of the wave. See photon.
metrology
The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
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