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11 May 2016

e2v hosts first industry-based Defence and Security Quantum Technology Community Meeting

On behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), e2v proudly hosted the fifth Defence and Security Quantum Technology Community meeting on 26 April 2016.  Bringing life to technology, e2v partners with its customers to improve, save and protect people’s lives. As a major collaborator with the UK National Quantum Programme, e2v was delighted to be the first industry partner to welcome this community and to showcase e2v’s newly formed Quantum Technology facilities.

The event brought together a community of experts from industry, Government and academia to accelerate the commercialisation of Quantum Technology and to maintain the UK as a world leader in the field. As members of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology representing industry, e2v helps to play a crucial role in the translation of this key area of science into technology for industry and ultimately wealth creation in the UK. This is part of the £270m commitment to the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme from the Chancellor.

Experts delivered a series of informative presentations on their latest advancements, and on display were exhibits and demonstrations from the National Quantum Technology hubs including representatives and equipment from the Universities of Birmingham, Strathclyde, Nottingham, Southampton, Oxford and Warwick showing a Quantum magnetometer, Quantum gravity sensor, Quantum optical clock as well as examples of optical gratings and vacuum cells.

Trevor Cross, Chief Technology Officer at e2v, said, “Our collaboration with the Quantum Community brings together world class research, Dstl’s ambitious technology demonstrator programme and proven industrial expertise to deliver a collective vision. This will enable us together with our partners to translate state-of-the-art laboratory technology into deployable practical devices. These crucial partnerships support the development of smaller, lighter and cheaper components to make quantum devices a commercially viable reality that will ultimately improve, save and protect people’s lives.”

Neil Stansfield, Technical Strategy Lead, Knowledge, Innovation, and Futures Enterprise, Dstl said, “A cornerstone of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme is to form strategic collaborations between UK industry, academia and Government partners.  We are delighted that this fifth Defence and Security community meeting, the first hosted by an industrial partner, has helped strengthen that collaboration and further developed our understanding of how early engagement of UK industry will contribute to successful exploitation of the science in the academic base.  This contributes to both our needs in defence and security, but also to supporting wealth creation in the UK.”

e2v has an established Quantum Technology team of technical experts and an in house prototyping facility that is focussed on the design and manufacture of quantum sensors for niche applications. This includes developing the first prototype gravity imaging camera, a programme funded by Dstl and involving collaboration with The University of Birmingham, Innovate UK and Gooch & Housego.  This is expected to improve vastly the non-contact detection of underground voids, pipes and structures that will greatly help in applications such as the rapid execution of construction on brown field sites.  With many spin off applications, Quantum Technology is expected to lead to innovations in medical imaging, and enable environmental and scientific measurements from space based instrumentation.

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Notes to Editors:
Bringing life to technology, e2v partners with its customers to improve, save and protect people’s lives.  e2v’s innovations lead developments in automation, healthcare, communications, safety, discovery and the environment.

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