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Collaborative R&D projects

Our R&D team maintain strong research links with industrial and academic partners, developing knowledge and technology in new application areas.

Our current research projects include:

Quantum Waveguides for Indistinguishable Single Photon Sources (QWISPS)
Funding body: Innovate UK 'Accelerating the commercial exploitation of quantum technologies'
Project partners: Covesion Ltd, University of Southampton

Covesion Ltd and The University of Southampton have partnered on a collaborative feasibility study to investigate the use of periodically-poled lithium niobate crystals in single-photon sources for applications exploiting quantum entanglement. Laser pulses contain different numbers of photons and in our crystals these photons can be split into pairs; the laws of physics state that if one of these photons is created then the other must also exist. Based on this premise, detecting one paired photon signals the presence of the other, providing a predictable source of single photons that can be used for computation. In this project, we seek to reduce the manufacturing tolerances required to generate similar photons from different sources and our objective is to prove our new approach across multiple devices. This is an important step in enabling scalable quantum applications where many predictable photons with the same attributes are needed in parallel, such as quantum computing.

Cold Atom Space PAyload (CASPA)
Funding body: Innovate UK 'Exploring the commercial application of Quantum Technologies'
Project partners: e2v Technologies (UK) Ltd, Clyde Space Ltd, Covesion Ltd, Gooch & Housego PLC, XCAM Ltd, University of Birmingham, University of Southampton

New developments in quantum technology have resulted in the ability to cool atoms close to absolute zero using lasers. At these temperatures, laboratory experiments have shown that these “cold atoms” can be used as ultra-sensitive sensors for measuring gravity. CASPA will translate leading UK science into commercial products for space and other markets. It will take the technology out of the laboratory and build it into a small satellite payload that is capable of producing 'cold atoms' in space. Demonstrating this new technology in space is a vital first step towards realising real instruments that are capable of mapping tiny changes in the strength of gravity across the surface of the earth. The extreme sensitivity brought by cold atom sensors will provide the ability to finely monitor the movement of mass within Earth systems. This has multiple applications including more accurate monitoring of changes in polar ice mass, ocean currents and sea level. Higher resolution data will lead to the ability to monitor smaller water sources and discover new underground natural resources which are currently not detectable. Similar technology will also be used for deep space navigation and for providing higher precision timing sources in space.

Previous research projects include:

"High Energy Laser Projection Systems (HELPS)"
Scope: PPLN-based RGB sources for laser projectors & displays
Partners: Digital Projection - Gooch & Housego - Covesion - Oclaro - Glamorgan University
TSB-funded project #TP/6/EPH/6/S/K2515A

"Compact Frequency Converters - From RGB to Emission Effusiometry (CFC-FREE)"
Scope: PPLN-based Mid-IR sources for methane / CO2 gas detection & spectroscopy
Partners: Covesion - University of Southampton
TSB-funded project #TP11/LLD/6/I/AF014L

"Coherently-enhanced Raman One-beam Standoff Spectroscopic TRacing of Airborne Pollutants (CROSS-TRAP)"
Scope: PPLN-based laser systems for stand-off chemical identification of trace airborne pollutants
Partners: Vienna University of Technology - Menlo Systems - Covesion - Light Conversion - Politecnico di Milano - Ruprect Karls University - Moscow State University - Bilkent University
EU FP7-ICT-funded project #244068

Please contact us if you wish to collaborate in future TSB or EU(FP7) funded projects

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