Cold Atom Space Payload (CASPA)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)

Abstract

New developments in Quantum Technology have resulted in the ability to cool atoms close to absolute zero using lasers. At these extreme temperatures, laboratory experiments have shown that these cold atoms can be used as ultra-sensitive sensors for measuring gravity. The objective of this project is to 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 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 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.

Planned Impact

The economic benefits arising from CASPA are an expected increase in UK turnover of several £million in 3-5 years based on new component sales from the industrial partners in the project, plus potential for further VC investment and growth via the development of high-value space satellite systems. These benefits will spill-over to the quantum supply chain, which includes specialist materials, components, and system integrators across the UK. Quantum technologies are expected to grow to a $Billion market in 2020 with over 50% of the required expertise based in Europe.

Socially, additional turnover equates to new jobs in the UK, including engineers, technical, sales and admin staff. Investment in quantum technologies will enable the UK to maintain an important technology lead and train a new generation of engineers and physicists with sought-after high level skills. Engagement with industry will enable those engineers to find jobs relevant to their training, while engagement with UK policy makers Innovate UK, DSTL, and EPSRC will ensure government priorities remain focussed on funding initiatives in areas of UK-centric expertise.

The use of cold atom gravimeters in space is expected to lead to a significant improvement in the ability to monitor earth systems. This will improve the capability of detecting and predicting earthquakes and floods and will enable sea level rise to be monitored with improved resolution. The additional data these devices produce will inform scientific research and guide government policy. Additionally the advancement in payload capability that the 6U form factor unlocks will support a number of environmentally important applications; for example, smart-farming, fish stock monitoring, forest fire monitoring, ocean colour monitoring and increased connectivity in remote regions. All of these aspects will protect human life and lead to increased quality of life for people living in at risk areas.
 
Description This award has enabled us to investigate and develop new manufacturing techniques for optical crystals. Specifically, we have developed a low-cost, scalable process for manufacture of nonlinear optical crystals that are able to efficiently change the wavelength (colour) of lasers.
Exploitation Route The processes developed by the University of Southampton under CASPA will be transferred to Covesion Ltd via our 2-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP11034) which started in November 2018. Through this KTP we will introduce new products and services; Covesion are the only manufacturer of these nonlinear crystal components in Europe and the findings of CASPA will improve the company's ability to compete worldwide. In November 2018, we began the follow-on Innovate UK project 'Pioneer Gravity' to develop gravimeters for use in site surveying and construction; this is a multi-partner £9m ISCF Quantum Technology led by RSK and Teledyne e2v (see further funding).
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description Designs and manufacturing processes for optical waveguides in periodically poled lithium niobate have been transferred to Covesion Ltd. (originally a spin-out from the University of Southampton); this new technology will form the basis of additional product lines for the company. Covesion introduced PPLN waveguides as a product in June 2019.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Other
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Commercialising quantum devices: Pioneer Gravity
Amount £6,005,395 (GBP)
Funding ID 104613 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Amount £144,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 11034 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
 
Description Senior Research Fellowship
Amount £428,225 (GBP)
Funding ID RCSRF1718639 
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2023
 
Description CASPA 
Organisation Clyde Space
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution 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. In this project, the University of Southampton are developing nonlinear optical waveguide devices to generate the specific laser wavelengths required for atom trapping.
Collaborator Contribution CASPA is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the CASPA gravity sensor system. Clyde Space provide expertise in cubist design. XCAM provide expertise in electronics and imaging. Gooch & Housego are designing the optical systems used in the satellite. Covesion provide expertise in the nonlinear crystals required to convert telecoms lasers to the wavelengths required for atom trap systems. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding: see associated sections of the CASPA project form.
Start Year 2017
 
Description CASPA 
Organisation Covesion Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution 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. In this project, the University of Southampton are developing nonlinear optical waveguide devices to generate the specific laser wavelengths required for atom trapping.
Collaborator Contribution CASPA is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the CASPA gravity sensor system. Clyde Space provide expertise in cubist design. XCAM provide expertise in electronics and imaging. Gooch & Housego are designing the optical systems used in the satellite. Covesion provide expertise in the nonlinear crystals required to convert telecoms lasers to the wavelengths required for atom trap systems. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding: see associated sections of the CASPA project form.
Start Year 2017
 
Description CASPA 
Organisation Gooch & Housego
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution 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. In this project, the University of Southampton are developing nonlinear optical waveguide devices to generate the specific laser wavelengths required for atom trapping.
Collaborator Contribution CASPA is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the CASPA gravity sensor system. Clyde Space provide expertise in cubist design. XCAM provide expertise in electronics and imaging. Gooch & Housego are designing the optical systems used in the satellite. Covesion provide expertise in the nonlinear crystals required to convert telecoms lasers to the wavelengths required for atom trap systems. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding: see associated sections of the CASPA project form.
Start Year 2017
 
Description CASPA 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 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. In this project, the University of Southampton are developing nonlinear optical waveguide devices to generate the specific laser wavelengths required for atom trapping.
Collaborator Contribution CASPA is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the CASPA gravity sensor system. Clyde Space provide expertise in cubist design. XCAM provide expertise in electronics and imaging. Gooch & Housego are designing the optical systems used in the satellite. Covesion provide expertise in the nonlinear crystals required to convert telecoms lasers to the wavelengths required for atom trap systems. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding: see associated sections of the CASPA project form.
Start Year 2017
 
Description CASPA 
Organisation XCAM Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution 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. In this project, the University of Southampton are developing nonlinear optical waveguide devices to generate the specific laser wavelengths required for atom trapping.
Collaborator Contribution CASPA is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the CASPA gravity sensor system. Clyde Space provide expertise in cubist design. XCAM provide expertise in electronics and imaging. Gooch & Housego are designing the optical systems used in the satellite. Covesion provide expertise in the nonlinear crystals required to convert telecoms lasers to the wavelengths required for atom trap systems. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding: see associated sections of the CASPA project form.
Start Year 2017
 
Description CASPA 
Organisation e2v Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution 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. In this project, the University of Southampton are developing nonlinear optical waveguide devices to generate the specific laser wavelengths required for atom trapping.
Collaborator Contribution CASPA is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the CASPA gravity sensor system. Clyde Space provide expertise in cubist design. XCAM provide expertise in electronics and imaging. Gooch & Housego are designing the optical systems used in the satellite. Covesion provide expertise in the nonlinear crystals required to convert telecoms lasers to the wavelengths required for atom trap systems. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding: see associated sections of the CASPA project form.
Start Year 2017
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Altran
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Geomatrix Earth Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Magnetic Shields Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Optocap Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Qinetiq
Department QinetiQ (Malvern)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation RSK Group Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Silicon Microgravity Ltd.
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Teledyne-e2v
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation Uniklasers Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Description PIONEER GRAVITY 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Department Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Pioneer Gravity is Innovate UK's flagship ISCF Quantum Technology project; this project combines results and teams from the earlier Innovate UK CASPA and REVEAL quantum technology projects towards establishing a UK supply chain for quantum gravity sensor systems. The technological aim of Pioneer Gravity is to develop a quantum gravity sensor which uses coherent control of rubidium atoms in a superposition, interferometer arrangement. It aligns with the infrastructure productivity challenge, but also the situational awareness and seeing the invisible challenges as defined in the ISCF quantum call document. The role of Southampton in this project is to develop optical crystals for efficient generation of the 780nm wavelength required for operation of Rb atom traps.
Collaborator Contribution Pioneer Gravity is an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project. RSK and Teledyne e2v are project leaders and responsible for the overall design and build of the Pioneer Gravity gravity sensor system. Fraunhofer, Optocap, and UnikLasers provide expertise into the design of novel laser systems. Altran an Geomatrix Earth Science offer advice on the applications of gravity-based site surveying. Magnetic Shields are developing shielding for use in atom traps. Qinetiq are providing user advice for gravity based imaging in the field. Silicon Microgravity offer advice on gravity measurement system design and operation. The University of Birmingham offer expertise in the design and build of atom trap systems.
Impact Publications and further funding.
Start Year 2018
 
Title PPLN Waveguides for Watt-Level Power Operation 
Description Manufacturing process for PPLN waveguides capable of operating at >1W power levels, with demonstration of 2W pump at 1560nm to generate 1W second harmonic at 780nm. 
IP Reference 1908764.2 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Yes
Impact Manufacturing patent has been licensed to Covesion Ltd; Covesion introduced PPLN waveguides as a new product in June 2019.
 
Company Name COVESION LIMITED 
Description Covesion Ltd is Europe's leading supplier of periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystals. We are an SME company founded on technology developed at the University of Southampton and have a 15-year track record in the manufacture of wavelength conversion crystals for scientific equipment, laser displays, missile defence, environmental monitoring, and quantum technologies. We actively participate in Innovate UK collaborative research projects with industrial and academic partners throughout the UK. 
Year Established 2007 
Impact Covesion has participated in several projects supported by Innovate UK; HELPS (K2515A), CFC-FREE (AF014L), MATRIX (56273), QWISPS (131877), QWISPS-2 (102668), CASPA (102805), ESCHER (104000), PEPE (3729), and three Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (8758, 9534, 11034). Covesion have commercialised the results of these projects and collaborations with the University of Southampton. There are currently 2 full time scientific/engineering posts within Covesion.
Website http://www.covesion.com
 
Description EPSRC Quantum Imaging, Sensing and Metrology Workshop on 6th March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of this EPSRC-hosted workshop is to identify future research challenges, barriers and priorities in the Quantum Imaging, Sensing and Metrology areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Infrared workshop on 6th December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop on new technologies for generating and using mid-infrared wavelengths in new applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Innovate UK Infrastructure Productivity Industry Roundtable on 1st May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cultivation event associated with the Innovate UK Pioneer Challenge in Quantum Technologies, which was announced as part of the UK government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Innovation South Showcase on 27th March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Innovation South Launch Event recognises that businesses innovation is the implementation of new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving existing services.
Innovation can be a catalyst for the growth and success of your business, and help you to adapt and grow in a global marketplace.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NATO SET-267 on advanced mid-infrared technology on 21-22nd October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact NATO workshop on the development of mid-IR lasers for applications in defence and security.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description National Quantum Technology Showcase on 11th November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Exhibitor - showcasing prototype wavelength conversion devices for generating 780nm laser wavelengths as a component for Rubidium atom traps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description National Quantum Technology Showcase on 15th November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Exhibitor - demonstration of PPLN waveguides & quantum optical components.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Photonics Hub Industry Day at the University of Southampton on 20th September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Departmental open day. Trade Show event and lab tours for visitors from industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Quantum Space Technology Workshop on 27th September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Community meeting led by RAL Space as part of the QTX-3 conference. Workshop to discuss development of quantum technologies for use in space applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019