CLOCWORC – Compact Low-cost Optical Clocks based on Whispering gallery mOde Resonator frequency Combs

Lead Participant: M-Squared Lasers Limited


Optical lattice clocks offer superior performance (>100x) over competing technologies and are required in scientific research, satellite-free navigators and timing signals for financial trading. However, existing all-optical clocks are complex and expensive and have not met the needs of the markets. In this project we will develop underpinning technology of all-optical clocks, the frequency comb, using a novel compact low-cost approach. The frequency comb can be thought of as an ‘optical gearbox’ that translates the fast optical frequency into a frequency where it can be measured with electronics and is a key requirement of optical clocks. We will develop novel technology suitable for frequency comb generation that is compact and low-cost.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

M-Squared Lasers Limited, Maryhill Road £124,695 £ 93,521


Fraunhofer UK Research Limited, Glasgow, United Kingdom £122,084 £ 122,084


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