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M Squared European Researchers Develop Quantum 3D Sensing Devices

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GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 8, 2017 — Laser developer M Squared is collaborating with teams at the University of Birmingham and Imperial College London to develop devices for measurement and quantum 3D sensing.

In the ANAGRAM project, co-funded by Innovate UK and part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Program, M Squared is working on engineering and system integration for Professor Kai Bongs’ group at the University of Birmingham to create a collaborative team of experts to develop a device capable of highly sensitive gravity measurements.

"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."

"Quantum gravimetry will bring a range of economic, social and environmental benefits in the coming years. 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 is also working with Professor Ed Hinds' group at Imperial College London, developing complementary quantum technologies as part of the UK Quantum Technology Program, a project also funded by the UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory. Co-funded by Innovate UK, the POLARIS project is focused on developing the UK's first commercial quantum 3D inertial sensing device: an accelerometer. This technology measures acceleration using atom interferometry, paving the way for high-precision satellite-free navigation for use in mining, shipping and other transport means where GPS is hindered by dead areas, terrain and weather.

M Squared is a designer and manufacturer of laser systems for scientific researchers and institutions.
Aug 2017
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