Strontium Optical LAttice Clock (SOLACE)

Lead Participant: M-Squared Lasers Limited


Precision timing plays a vital role in the economy, from enabling satellite-free navigation to protecting the integrity of electronic financial trading. The current state-of-the-art commercial timing systems use microwave frequency atomic clocks, but commercial optical frequency atomic clocks are expected to be available within the next 4 years, promising a 100x improvement or better over current technology. This will enable submarine navigation to improve from 2km accuracy over a 24hr period to 100m accuracy over several months. It will also prevent millions of £'s in losses due to timing errors in the financial sector.In this project, M Squared Lasers, together with the University of Birmingham, will design and build the core components of a commercial atomic clock based on the strontium atom. As forerunners in this field of new quantum technology development, we will develop compact and modular subsystems laser sources, optics assemblies and robust electronics packages that will accelerate commercialisation of this new state-of-the-art precision timing system.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

M-Squared Lasers Limited, Maryhill Road £249,814 £ 149,888


University of Birmingham, United Kingdom £249,000 £ 249,000


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