Funding for quantum projects teams

Louise Smyth

Teledyne e2v has won funding that will enable it and its partners to develop a quantum gravity sensor and a quantum miniature atomic clock that will power future 5G networks and ultra-secure quantum communication technology. 

Led by RSK and in partnership with Teledyne e2v, University of Birmingham and Fraunhofer CAP, this project will build a ground-based quantum gravity sensor to detect voids such as sink holes, pipes, oil deposits and mineshafts. Currently, only 30% of exploratory bore holes drilled to investigate oil and gas deposits are successful providing a specific application in the oil and gas industry. 

KAIROS, a compact caesium atomic clock

Led by Teledyne e2v and in partnership with NPL, Leonardo, Altran, CSC, ICS, HCD Research, Optocap, University of York and Cardiff University, this project will build a compact caesium atomic clock. The applications include critical infrastructure services, such as reliable energy supply, safe transport links, 5G mobile communications, data networks and electronic financial transactions.

3QN, an optical ground receiver

Led by Arqit in partnership with Teledyne e2v, this will focus on developing a commercially viable optical ground receiver for satellite quantum key distribution (QKD). This provides a way to share tamper-proof encryption keys to guarantee secure communication channels for sensitive information.

Professor Trevor Cross, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Quantum, at Teledyne e2v said: “These quantum projects have the potential to deliver real-world significance.”


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