QuantIC - The UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Imaging

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Quantum physics describes how nature links the properties of isolated microscopic objects through interactions mediated by so-called quantum entanglement and that apply not just to atoms but also to particles of light, "photons". These discoveries led to the first "quantum revolution", delivering a range of transformative technologies such as the transistor and the laser that we now take for granted. We are now on the cusp of a second "quantum revolution", which will, over the next 5-10 years, yield a new generation of electronic and photonic devices that exploit quantum science. The challenge is to secure a leadership position in the race to the industrialisation of quantum physics to claim a large share of this emerging global market, which is expected to be worth £1 billion to the UK economy.

QuantIC, the UK's centre for quantum imaging, was formed over four years ago to apply quantum technologies to the development of new cameras with unique imaging capabilities. Tangible impacts are the creation of 3 new companies (Sequestim, QLM and Raycal), technology translation into products through licencing (Timepix chip - Kromek) and the ongoing development with industry of a further 12 product prototypes.

Moving forward, QuantIC will continue to drive paradigm-changing imaging systems such as the ability to see directly inside the human body, the ability to see through fog and smoke, to make microscopes with higher resolution and lower noise than classical physics allows and quantum radars that cannot be jammed or confused by other radars around them. These developments will be enabled by new technologies, such as single-photon cameras, detectors based on new materials and single-photon sensitivity in the mid-infrared spectral regions. Combined with our new computational methods, QuantIC will enable UK industry to lead the global imaging revolution.

QuantIC will dovetail into other significant investments in the Quantum technology transfer ecosystem which is emerging in the UK. The University of Glasgow has allocated one floor of the £118M research hub to supporting fundamental research in quantum science and £28M towards the creation of the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus, a new £80M development in collaboration with Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise focussing on the translation of nano and quantum science for enabling technologies such as photonics, optoelectronics and quantum. Heriot-Watt has invested over £2M in new quantum optics laboratories and is currently building a £20M Global Research Innovation and Discovery Centre opening in 2019 to drive the translation of emerging technologies. Bristol is creating a £43M Quantum Innovation centre which already has £21M of industrial investment. Strathclyde University is creating a second £150M Technology Innovation Centre around 6 priority areas, one of which is Quantum Technology.

All of these form part of the wider UK Quantum Technology Programme which is set to transform the UK's world leading science into commercial reality in line with the UK's drive towards a high productivity and high-skill economy. QuantIC will lead the quantum imaging research agenda and act as the bond between parallel activities and investments, thus ensuring paradigm-changing innovation that will transform tomorrow's society.

Planned Impact

1) Academic - please see "academic beneficiaries" section above covering a) identification of beneficiaries b) description of expected impacts. The description of detailed actions we will take to ensure the expected impact are realised are described in the Pathways to Impact.
Our experience is that the ethos and model of the hub is demonstrating that both high-quality academic outputs and industrial impact can be successfully delivered and is driving not just the activities of the supported researchers but the cultures of the participating research groups.

2) Business and Industry

a) QuantIC will enhance the research capacity, knowledge and skills of businesses and contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the UK. Quantum is an enabling technology underpinning sensing and imaging developments in areas spanning healthcare, defence, security, automotive, transport, autonomous vehicles and consumer electronics. In phase one we funded 37 industry-led collaborative projects through the Partnership Resource Fund, leveraging over £2M of industrial contribution; we collaborated in 8 Innovate UK projects (£1.26M); we attracted Centre for Defence Enterprise and Dstl support (6 projects, £850K). Companies involved in projects include JLR, Horiba, Leonardo, Compound Semiconductor Technologies, ClydeSpace, Thales, M Squared Lasers, Gooch & Housego, Kromek, Aralia, Optocap, Bridgeporth, ST Microelectronics, Lockheed Martin, IQE, Sikorski Helicopters, Gas Sensing Solutions, Chromacity, QMC/Sequestim, Helia, IDQuantique, Kromek, Photon Force, UK ATC, Kelvin Nanotechnology, Q-Eye Sensors, Raptor, QLM, Eliot Scientific, Dstl, PXYL. We envisage similar impacts will be achieved in phase 2.

b) QuantIC will contribute to wealth creation by enhancing business revenue and innovative capacity. This will be achieved through exploitation of scientific knowledge, leading to spin-out companies, and the creation of new processes, products and services. Tangible impacts from phase 1 of QuantIC are i) creation of 3 new companies (Sequestim, QLM and Raycal), ii) technology translation into product through licencing (Timepix chip - Kromek) and iii) ongoing development with industry of a further 12 products including "Wee-g" gravimeter, "GasSight" gas imaging camera, Fresnel cones, "SPADNet" radiation detectors, Ultra-thin lenses, Mosaic filters, "TINKIDS" Terahertz imager, Plasmonic sensor, Q-Source, Timetagger. Nine patents have been granted for QuantIC technologies and the Innovation Space has hosted industry partners such as Dstl, Chromacity, and Bridgeporth and supported a new start-up, PXYL.

c) In the second phase of QuantIC we anticipate that given our existing relationships, the larger end-user community and opportunities through the industrial strategy challenge fund we will surpass the achievements of phase 1. We will cement the UK's global reputation in the field of quantum imaging and attract R&D funding from global businesses.

d) QuantIC will also contribute to the training of skilled people for both academic and non-academic professions, addressing a key skill need in the emerging quantum technology industry.

3) General public, schools and users of technology.
QuantIC technology will impact sectors spanning healthcare, automotive, defence and national security. Better imaging system will give improved disease detection, enhanced control of driverless cars and improvements in border control and national security applications (e.g. covert imaging). The impact of enabling technologies on society and on quality of life are difficult to predict but, when realised, are transformational.
With its programme of public engagement, QuantIC will increase public understanding of science, inspire the next generation of technologists and, through its commitment to the responsible research and innovation agenda, it will contribute to the national debate around exploitation and use of quantum technology.

Organisations

Publications

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Description The QuantIC technical programme focuses on revolutionary research showcased through system demonstrators, aligned to three scopes: Seeing through Obscuration, Seeing with Quantum Entanglement, and Seeing at Extreme Wavelengths. Through consultation with users we identified three main sector areas where our imaging technologies address user challenges: 1) transport; 2) life sciences; 3) security and sensors.

WP 3.1 Transport

Real-time 3D imaging in scattering media using SPAD arrays (Buller and Leach; Heriot-Watt)
Overall Goal: The development of imaging systems, using photon time of flight to give 3D images in degraded visual environments. Year 1 Goals: To demonstrate a target specification of 64x64 pixels and 30fps at ˜1km range; to demonstrate shorter range with a commercial equivalent camera in the SWIR.
Technical Highlights: We have developed a hybrid depth/intensity imaging system capable of three-dimensional imaging at greater than 1000 fps and a range >100m. To achieve this performance we have developed deep neural networks for improving the depth resolution and for accurate object identification. Our system will be used in long-distance field trials at the Dstl Porton Down facility in 2021. We have completed short range work with a commercial SWIR camera and we are also planning a field trial for drone detection, hopefully going ahead in spring 2021. The work we undertook on object identification algorithms has led to a new project with ST Microelectronics for face ID in smartphones.

Underwater sparse-photon imaging (Buller; Heriot-Watt)
Overall Goal: Development of an underwater imaging system using time of flight techniques to separate the image from the background scatter. Year 1 Goals: To make the system water-tight and hence submersible.
Technical Highlights: We successfully performed preliminary tests with a submerged light source/camera system and obtained real-time, three-dimensional, single-photon depth images, albeit in clear water only. We are implementing major improvements to optimise the performance, including incorporation of a fibre-coupled high power laser at green wavelengths. These improvements will allow us to increase the average optical power, thereby increasing the achievable range.

Wavelength transformation camera (Smith; Southampton)
Overall Goal: To use up-conversion of light in nonlinear waveguides to covert infra-red images to visible ones, hence allowing the use of a standard camera. Year 1 Goals: To design waveguides and galvo-based beam scanning system.
Technical Highlights: Key achievements so far have been in two areas, firstly in work with Covesion demonstrating that their waveguides are capable of handling watt level pump powers, to achieve parametric narrowing of the phase matching transfer function. Secondly, we have demonstrated the wavelength transformation principle by the up-conversion of weak telecom signals from 3.3µm. The galvo scanner has been configured but not yet incorporated into an imaging system.

Non-line-of-sight imaging (Faccio; Glasgow)
Overall Goal: To use photon timing and data inversion to deduce images from out-of-sight objects using light that is multiply scattered. Year 1 Goals: To combine 2D imaging with 1D LIDAR and extend this concept to the acoustic regime.
Technical Highlights: Using a 3D time of flight camera we have trained an artificial neural network to derive 3D spatial images from single-pixel signals using flood (i.e. non-scanning) illumination. We have now demonstrated this concept in three regimes, Optical, RF (Radar) and acoustic. Our results show it is possible to reconstruct an accurate image of a person moving behind a wall 1.5m away from temporal 1D data alone.

WP 3.2 Life Sciences

Imaging through the body (Faccio; Glasgow)
Overall Goal: To develop techniques capable of obtaining MRI-like images of the brain using light alone. Year 1 Goals: To measure transmission loss and thickness of skull and obtain preliminary image data.
Technical Highlights: We have successfully demonstrated transmission of a femtosecond pulsed laser beam through the equivalent of a human head at average powers below 1mW. We have developed an experimental setup to measure the optical transmission properties of materials using a photon counting detection scheme. The scattered photons are collected and fibre-coupled into a superconducting nanowire single-photon detector, the temporal data from which allows us to reconstruct the transmitted pulse. We can then extract the scattering and absorption coefficients from this data. No images have been obtained as yet.

Imaging through single fibres (Padgett; Glasgow)
Overall Goal: To develop a minimally intrusive endoscope based on a single fibre the width of a human hair. Year 1 Goals: To achieve a 30x30 pixel image at 1Hz using a 2m long fibre and approach potential end users.
Technical Highlights: At the beginning of the year our fibre endoscope system worked at short distances, but major issues remained concerning range, imaging speed and contrast. These issues have been addressed and we can now image up to 5m away at rates of 7.5Hz with a 60x60 pixel resolution, achieving millimetric depth resolution using a 0.5m fibre. We have not yet tried to image with 2m long fibres. The main limitation of this technique, which will be the focus of next year's work, is the calibration of the fibre as currently recalibration is required whenever the fibre is moved. We have agreed a funded program of work to address this issue with the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security.

Quantum illumination microscopy (Padgett; Glasgow)
Overall Goal: To develop a quantum illumination microscope which can beat classical background light rejection limits. Year 1 Goals: To trial a new camera and algorithms to achieve >95% background rejection and approach potential industrial partners for collaboration.
Technical Highlights: Using two new methods of data analysis we have now achieved >95% rejection of background light when compared to a classical imaging scheme. We have imaged both printed patterns and real-world objects (e.g. insect wings), but have not yet extended the system to image phase objects. Our quantum illumination microscope is the optical equivalent to quantum radar. Andor and Teledyne e2v have agreed to support our quantum illumination work through a PhD studentship. We have also agreed access to a new camera technology from Hamamatsu that might allow in-pixel recognition of photon pairs, transforming the overall system performance.

Sub-shot noise imaging (Matthews; Bristol)
Overall Goal: Development of a transmission imaging system that beats classical limits. Year 1 Goals: To develop balanced detector modules and achieve sub-shot noise measurements at µW power levels.
Technical Highlights: This year we redesigned the sub-shot noise imager to make it smaller thereby making possible collaborative work in other labs (e.g. Padgett). We identified a source of systematic bias affecting the accuracy of sample absorption due to the specific spectral filtering applied in the earlier experiment, which is now resolved. The resulting precision level of our intensity correlated light source not only suppresses system noise, but does so at a level that exceeds classical limits.

WP 3.3 Security and Sensors

Quantum LIDAR and radar (Jeffers, Strathclyde and Rarity; Bristol)
Overall Goal: To explore whether quantum radar offers advantages of increased range, counter-stealth and resistance to jamming. Year 1 Goals: To understand the performance limits of quantum radar and demonstrate a multi wavelength LIDAR using a pseudo-random pulse train.
Technical Highlights: We demonstrated quantum LIDAR using a single photon light source, which is in contrast to previous demonstrations relying on attenuated lasers. We are part-way into understanding the requirements for covertness, which promises advantages in defence and security applications but we are yet to report the formal findings. We have also developed a high brightness photon-pair source and pseudo-photon-number-resolved detection (essential to match frame rates from classical systems) which we hope to incorporate into future systems.

Spatio-temporally correlated imaging (Dawson and Strain; Strathclyde)
Overall Goal: To explore the use of emerging high-speed LED arrays in covert imaging and imaging in a variety of scattering media. Year 1 Goals: To characterise the MegaProjector and demonstrate both time-of-flight/stereo 3D imaging and image-based communications. Extend the LED array technology into the UV.
Technical Highlights: The main achievement of this year is the demonstration of MHz frame rates of the 128x128 pixel MegaProjector light source, with Henderson. We have also shown the fusion of time-of-flight with photometric stereo to obtain reliable 3D images, which rejects background light by using high modulation speed LEDs. Also using LED and SPAD technology we have demonstrated an image-based, free-space optical link across 750m at 20 Mbps. Finally, 1st generation DUV LEDs have been fabricated in new semiconductor materials, showing excellent modulation bandwidths.

Imaging with higher order correlations (Bertolotti; Exeter)
Overall Goal: To exploit 3-point correlations for imaging through several cm of scattering media, uniquely, without camera access to the object plane. Year 1 Goals: To determine the extent to which forward and backward scattered light is correlated and to use this to measure the transmission matrix of a fibre.
Technical Highlights: The optical setup to measure the correlations between forward and backward scatter has been built, together with the data analysis procedure. Fabrication of samples containing specific defect types to measure the effect is ongoing. A key question is to understand the maximum depth over which these correlations persist. We are exploring whether measurement of the transmission matrix from the back reflected field is possible, a finding that would be transformational for fibre-based imaging systems.

Imaging using undetected photons (Phillips; Imperial)
Overall Goal: To use quantum correlations to illuminate an object in the IR (3µm < ? < 13µm) yet record the image at visible wavelengths allowing the use of standard imaging devices. Year 1 Goals: To demonstrate four-wave mixing in a fibre and use the resulting photon correlations to perform absorption measurements. To then extend the approach by incorporating non-linear interferometry to use undetected photons.
Technical Highlights: We have built a photon-pair source using spontaneous four-wave mixing in a birefringent single-mode fibre generating broadly tuneable, strongly non-degenerate photon pairs. This source has been used to perform a heralded spectroscopy of GaAs. As a step towards the imaging system, we have built a nonlinear interferometer which is now being tested. The current system operates at 650 nm and 890 nm wavelengths, with a plan to extend the idler wavelength to mid-infrared. We have also built a low-loss scanning system whereby we will be able to scan the undetected photons over the object.

Wavelength-agile SPDC sources and wavelength convertors (Phillips; Imperial)
Overall Goal: To develop photon pair sources based on nanoplasmonic nonlinear materials thereby increasing the wavelength range. Year 1 Goals: To develop techniques to access nanoplasmonic sources and apply these to simple source designs. To understand pulsed operation and extended wavelength options.
Technical Highlights: A new simulation tool has been developed to model dynamic and stationary imaging within nonlinear interferometers. The novel modelling method offers a complimentary view on nonlinear interferometry (i.e. use of undetected photons) to guide research. We designed and fabricated non-linear metallic nano-antennas to span visible and mid-IR wavelengths. These were constructed using electron beam lithography and characterised using stimulated emission tomography showing a photon-pair generation of 1 photon per second per mW per nanoparticle, which suggests kilo count rates are possible.

Gas sensing without detection (Rarity; Bristol)
Overall Goal: To develop nonlinear interferometry for gas sensing at ~ 3.3µm while allowing use of inherently more sensitive detectors at 1.55µm. Year 1 Goals: To analyse the trade-offs between detection at different wavelengths and demonstrate absorption measurement with undetected photons.
Technical Highlights: Advances have been made in the modelling of both non-linear interferometry and the chip-scale optics for integration with the use of undetected photons. A considerable portion of the bulk optic for the sensing without detection experiment has now been constructed. The first generation of silicon chips for generating correlated photon pairs over large frequency detuning has been developed. All associated integrated optical components have been designed. The chip-scale devices have been manufactured in a custom chip run and are ready for packaging and characterisation.

WP 3.4 Computational Methods

Computational methods (McLaughlin; Heriot-Watt)
Overall Goal: To use Bayesian processes to develop algorithms to both maximise the recovered image information and inform optimised sensor design. Year 1 Goals: To develop fast data processing for LIDAR applications and extend similar techniques to other inverse problems such as fibre based imaging systems.
Technical Highlights: We have developed new algorithms and applied them to real-time 3D imaging (LIDAR) with Leach and Buller. We have developed a method for non-line-of-sight imaging using SPADs. It combines a novel sensing strategy with a computational method and is an excellent illustration of hardware/software co-creation. We are working with Padgett to better understand and more quickly measure the fibre transmission matrices. Our research into direct imaging through fibre and dispersive media has begun with preliminary results that will offer interesting opportunities in Q1/Q2 of 2021.

Computational methods (Murray-Smith; Glasgow)
Overall Goal: To use machine learning (ML) techniques to recover information from data which superficially appears as noise, yet contains subtle but highly complex signatures from which images can be deduced. Year 1 Goals: To apply ML to the development of flood illumination LIDAR, and through body imaging demonstrators. To extend these techniques to other systems.
Technical Highlights: We have incorporated ML techniques enabling both the flood illumination LIDAR with Faccio and Padgett (i.e. images from temporal data) and the through body imaging demonstrations (Faccio). The flood illumination LIDAR was improved using ML techniques developed to apply efficient Bayesian deep inversion for depth prediction in imaging, fusing RBG images with the non-scanning LIDAR data. Variational inference for computational imaging inverse problems was extended to cover holographic image reconstruction and imaging through scattering media. In both settings, the technique allows image reconstructions with minimal collection of training data, that we can apply to the other demonstrators.

WP 3.5 Detector Development

CMOS SPAD arrays (Henderson; Edinburgh)
Overall Goal: To develop SPAD detectors that give photon timing data for every pixel in the image. Year 1 Goals: To test and then deploy the QuantIC 4x4 chip with partners, support the development of the MegaProjector (with Dawson) and develop a linear SPAD array with improved (30ps) timing resolution.
Technical Highlights: These goals have been severely impacted by COVID-19 related pressures on fabrication facilities and errors in the challenging design of the initial run have delayed the QuantIC 4x4 chip. The Mega Projector has been developed and demonstrated. We have designed a linear SPAD array chip with a PLL between 5MHz to 100MHz, a 15ps resolution, a histogrammer with 512 bins and manufactured devices were received from the foundry in June 2020. Manufactured PCBs were received in November to enable testing to begin in December 2020 allowing distribution to partners (Buller, Leach, Faccio, Padgett) early in 2021 for use in e.g. LIDAR demonstrators.

Ge-on-Si (Paul, Glasgow and Buller; Heriot-Watt)
Overall Goal: Use Ge-on-Si to extend the wavelength accessible to silicon-based devices into the short-wave infrared. Year 1 Goals: To demonstrate a Ge-on-Si SPAD operating 223 K with a SPDE = 17.5% at ? = 1310 nm, and integrate with a Peltier cooler and use this within an existing scanning LIDAR system.
Technical Highlights: We have maintained our world lead by reducing the active area of the devices to 26 µm diameter, thereby allowing operation at temperatures as high as 200 K. The devices have also demonstrated reduced jitter levels (by x2.2) down to 134 ps, a value ideal for LIDAR and quantum communication application requirements. Incorporation of these devices into a LIDAR system has been delayed by supplier errors.

Superconducting detectors (Hadfield; Glasgow)
Overall Goal: Development of superconducting detectors for single-photon imaging. Year 1 Goals: To fabricate devices using atomic layer deposited films and collaborate with Buller in 1550nm LIDAR trials.
Technical Highlights: In 2020 progress has been severely impacted by the pandemic. We lost access to the labs and cleanroom for 3 months (April-July). Lab work has resumed with an efficient booking system but cleanroom access has been more problematic. We have continued low temperature characterisation and cryostat construction. Single Photon LIDAR field trials with Buller and Leach have been successful but were halted early in 2020 and have not been able to resume due to pandemic restrictions.

InSb APD Detector Arrays (Cumming; Glasgow)
Overall Goal: Development of improved MWIR avalanche photodiodes (APDs) and focal plane arrays made using indium antimonide (InSb), bringing a new approach to mid infrared imaging. Year 1 Goals: To fabricate singe element MWIR SPADS, image with 64x64 pixel arrays and develop a linear array variant. To continue with the MWIR metamaterials work and initiate discussions with Phillips, Imperial.
Technical Highlights: We have continued to work on a focal plane array imaging device for MWIR applications. An extensive characterisation campaign of several batches of 64x64 monolithic MWIR InSb photodiode arrays was undertaken. In the latest arrays, 90% of the pixels can be individually addressed. However, more work is now needed to improve uniformity and consistency before imaging can be achieved. We have also continued our work on metasurface mosaic filters to aid reconstruction of colour images at low photon flux and outlined possible PhD projects with Phillips, Imperial. The linear array variant has been delayed due to changes in supplier of MBE growth.
Exploitation Route Over the first five years, QuantIC has engaged with over 100 companies and held over 70 industry visits involving bluechip companies and SMEs. Since the beginning of Phase 2 of QuantIC, we have continued to engage industry through our Industrial Studentship Programme and Partnership Resource Fund, a portion of which has been dedicated to the QuantIC New Venture Fund, supporting the creation of spin-out companies in the area of quantum imaging.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Education,Electronics,Healthcare,Security and Diplomacy,Transport,Other

 
Description Quantum theory was one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of the 20th Century and has led to the development of some of today's most widely used and lucrative technologies, for example the laser and the semiconductor. Quantum technology is currently the focus for $4bn of strategic investment by many of the world's leading economies, aimed at creating new industries in communications, computing, sensing, navigation and imaging. The UK Government and its innovation agencies have made a £1B investment in the UK National Quantum Technology Programme (UKQTP), which has led to establishment of four Quantum Technology Hubs in the UK. During Phase 1 of QuantIC, we developed a number of technology demonstrators which we have used to engage industry in order to explore what can be achieved using quantum technologies. During the first part of Phase 2, we have continued to develop these demonstrators while also developing new strands of research to address gaps in the transport, health sciences, security and sensors, computational methods and detector development markets. We have introduced a Strategic Partnership framework with 19 industrial collaborators. Being a Strategic Partner allows a company to work closely with our academic team and direct the development of the technology towards industry needs. We are also engaging with the wider industry community through our Industry Studentship Scheme, Partnership Resource funding calls, and external collaborative funding opportunities (ie. ISCF). Three patents have been filed, extended or published since the beginning of the project on the topics of CMOS SPADS, Non-line of sight imaging (LIDAR), and Wavelength Transformation. There are additional IP and patent negotiations ongoing regarding spatio-temporally correlated imaging and underwater imaging. Digistain Ltd., a start-up from Imperial College and led by Chris Phillips (co-investigator), has been incorporated. A spin-out company from the University of Edinburgh is also being created with Robert Henderson (co-investigator) as co-founder. A portion of the Hub's Partnership Resource Fund has been dedicated to the QuantIC New Venture Fund, supporting the creation of spin-out companies in the area of quantum imaging. QuantIC released two joint press releases with industry. One to support the launch of Raycal's Correlated Photon-Pair Source, developed by QuantIC researchers at the University of Bristol, and another with Bristol spin-out company QLM regarding their award of a Business and Innovation Award from the IoP. QuantIC has established a purpose-built Innovation Space where companies can work alongside university researchers to develop new technology prototypes. Located at the University of Glasgow, the QuantIC Innovation Space offers 200sqm of laboratory and office space to start-ups, SMEs and companies to support the development of the next generation of quantum technologies. The space is host to Pxyl, a start-up which is using both lab and office space in developing a fully-integrated laser microscope system which combines quantum technology both in the creation and detection of light. QuantIC is an active member of Quantum City, a joint public engagement initiative of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme which aims to inspire a new generation of quantum scientists and engineers. Though COVID-19 has limited outreach activities this year, the group has been planning for the future as well as updating the public website and launching a Quantum City Twitter account. The hubs also co-sponsored the Quantum Shorts event based out of QTC Singapore, an international competition for creative works inspired by quantum physics. QuantIC's Central Team, investigators and researchers have had positive engagement with a number of industry representatives and academics. Activities include: • QuantIC Associate Director, Dr Sara Diegoli presented the successes from the UK National Quantum Technology Programme at SPIE Photonics West 2020 "Building an Industry: the Commercialization of Quantum Technology" and was invited to present the Innovation Prize for Quantum Communication at the SPIE and Photonics Media Prism Awards 2020 (February 2020). • QuantIC Business Development Manager, Kevin McIver, presented to an international audience of members of EIT Digital, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe's digital transformation (April 2020). • QuantIC was the first Hub in the UK to organise a week-long webinar series in May 2020 to raise the profile of our activities. Other Hubs have adopted this model. Across the five sessions, attendance ranged from 142 - 196 with significant international online attendance (40 - 63/session). • QuantIC sponsored the International SPAD Sensor Workshop (ISSW), a virtual event focussing on the study, modelling, design, fabrication, and characterization of SPAD sensors (June 2020). • QuantIC was to host the EPIC Industrial Quantum Technology Summit in September 2020, working closely with EPIC to bring the European event to Glasgow. Engagement will continue to reschedule the event, which was postponed to 2021. • The Hub hosted a half-day session at the SPIE Photonex and Vacuum Expo in September 2020. The online plenary and Q&A sessions formed part of the event with global reach. • QuantIC Associate Director, Dr Sara Diegoli was invited to chair a session on commercialisation of quantum technology in the UK at the "SPIE Commercialisation of Quantum Technology: Panel Discussion" (September 2020) • QuantIC Director, Prof Steve Beaumont has contributed to the consultation on the UK Quantum Technology Strategy, co-authoring a joint response on behalf of all the UK Quantum Technology Hubs. • QuantIC co-organised, with Innovate UK, the ISCF cultivation event held on the 7th of October and participated in the National Quantum Technology Showcase on the 6th of November. • QuantIC Principal Investigator, Prof Miles Padgett presented to, and held discussions with, both OSCA (UK Government) and AWE, exploring the current and future potential of quantum imaging/sensing in support of National Security (e.g. 8th September, 5th October).
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Education,Electronics,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Economic

 
Description Dr. Jonathan Matthews continues his role as an advisory committee member of the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, Cardiff Uni.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Professor Robert Hadfield Panel Member IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal (since August 2020)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Professor Robert Hadfield Programme Committee Member Cryogenic Electronics for Quantum Technologies Virtual Workshop, QCS QT Hub (Oxford), UK, October 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Professor Robert Hadfield Programme Committee Member for upcoming Advanced Photon Counting Techniques XV, SPIE DCS, Orlando, USA, April 2021
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Professor Robert Hadfield attended launch of Sheffield Quantum Centre on 22/1/2020 which was an important networking opportunity with UKQTP scientific and industry partners
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description QuantIC Representation at the IET in July - Professor Gerard Buller represented QuantiC at a virtual meeting on the 27th July 2020 between the UK QT Hubs and the IET to discuss using the IET technique and networks to professionalize quantum engineering in the UK.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Robert Hadfield Panel Member IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal (since August 2020)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Robert Hadfield Programme Committee Member Advanced Photon Counting Techniques XV, SPIE DCS, Orlando, USA, April 2021
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Robert Hadfield Programme Committee Member Cryogenic Electronics for Quantum Technologies Virtual Workshop, QCS QT Hub (Oxford), UK, October 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Rod Murray-Smith is a Member of Alan Turing AI in Science External Advisory Board
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Rod Murray-Smith is a Member of Scottish Government Data Delivery Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Undertook review of QT dual use and technical description of QT dual use technologies for the National Security Investment Bill, October and November 2020 for BEIS, Dstl, GCHQ and MOD.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description "£5.5m funding boost for home healthcare monitoring technology A University of Glasgow-led project which aims to develop quantum-powered health sensors for home use in order tohttps://healthcare-quest.com/index.php/news1/2-uncategorised/26-press-release
Amount £5,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2020 
End 12/2025
 
Description """Single Photon Imaging, Detection and Ranging (SPIDAR)"" Total Project: £5,724,188 Edinburgh: £321,807 Heriott-Watt: £298,136 Glasgow: £396,314"
Amount £619,943 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description "Quantum-Enhanced Interferometry for New Physics Lead Prof Hartmut Grote, University of Cardiff - total value £5M GU share (Prof Robert Hadfield) £567,348"
Amount £567,348 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2020 
End 04/2024
 
Description Consortium led by Fraunhofer UK; PI: Martin Dawson / Michael Strain
Amount £320,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 08/2023
 
Description DASA (DSTL) - Imaging in Extreme Conditions using Single-Photon Detection £396,595. PI: Gerald Buller
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 04/2020
 
Description DSTL Studentship (Stirling Scholes); PI: Jonathan Leach
Amount £143,294 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Details: Quantum Seals - Lucia Caspani, JJ and J.D. Pritchard, PI John Jeffers
Amount £18,500 (GBP)
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 10/2021
 
Description Direct Funding of RA position by Leonardo to work on next generation EO systems (3 years); PI: Miles Padgett
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Leonardo MW Ltd. 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Dr Aurora Maccarone has been awarded one of the Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering to work on underwater single-photon depth imaging using quantum detection technology.
Amount £499,587 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 10/2025
 
Description ISOFLIM: Isotropic resolution fluorescence lifetime imaging of 3D neuron cultures
Amount £235,350 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/T014520/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2020 
End 05/2023
 
Description Lighting the Way to a Healthy Nation - Optical 'X-rays' for Walk Through Diagnosis & Therapy
Amount £5,577,754 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T020997/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2020 
End 05/2025
 
Description Marie Slodowska Curie Fellowship: Sabine Wollman, QIIQI, basic research in chip scale metrology. PI John Rarity.
Amount £163,224 (GBP)
Organisation Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Global
Start  
 
Description Mid-Infrared Upconversion Single Photon Detector (MIRUS); PI: Peter Smith / Corin Gawith
Amount £207,989 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 09/2021
 
Description PI: Robert Henderson / Danial Chitnis. Funding Awarded to Prothea-X
Amount £58,000 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Enterprise 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Quantum Electro-optic Detector Technology (QuEOD); PI: Gerald Buller
Amount £93,710 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 05/2023
 
Description Quantum Imaging for Monitoring of Wellbeing & Disease in Communities
Amount £5,625,019 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T021020/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 08/2025
 
Description Quantum Mechanics in a Rotating World - PI: Miles J. Padgett & Daniele Faccio
Amount £412,436 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Roll-2-Roll (R2R) manufacture of multilayer planar optics
Amount £252,634 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V053213/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 09/2022
 
Description Sense Photonics Funding for consultancy; PI: Robert Henderson
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation Sense Photonics 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start  
 
Description Sense Photonics funding for fully funded studentship; PI: Robert Henderson
Amount £112,000 (GBP)
Organisation Sense Photonics 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start  
 
Description Single Photon Imaging, Detection and Ranging (SPIDAR) Industry Contribution; PI: Doug Paul / Gerald Buller
Amount £2,105,205 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description Single Photon Lidar Imaging of Carbon Emissions (SPLICE) (£5M Funding, £0.2 to Bristol) PI: John Rarity / Jonathan Matthews
Amount £244,787 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2020 
End 08/2022
 
Description Single Photon Lidar Imaging of Carbon Emissions (SPLICE) Industry Contribution; PI: John Rarity / Jonathan Matthews
Amount £726,014 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2020 
End 08/2021
 
Description Space-certified Nonlinear Optics for Rugged Quantum Lasers (SNORQL); PI: Peter Smith / Corin Gawith
Amount £229,789 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 09/2020
 
Description Touch Post-Covid19: Navigating through deafblindness in the UK via contactless haptic-audio-visual technologies of perception.
Amount £265,848 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/V012797/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 05/2022
 
Title A practical model of twin-beam experiments for sub-shot-noise absorption measurements 
Description Underlying data for manuscript "A practical model of twin-beam experiments for sub-shot-noise absorption measurements" 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.bris.ac.uk/data/dataset/axp4yplom05m2hapqz5cd5xyo/
 
Title Data for: "Integration of an LED/SPAD Optical Wireless Transceiver with CubeSat On-board Systems" 
Description We demonstrate the integration of Cube-Sat on-board equipment with a field programmable array gate-based light-emitting diode/single-photon avalanche photodiode transceiver using an inter-integrated circuit protocol. This dataset contains 3 files in two formats of CSV and JPG to allow access to raw data presented in the paper. Fig.2_(a) is the average synchronisation success rate as a function of average received photons per set bit. Fig.2_(c) and Fig.2_(d) demonstrate the transmitted and received images using our testbed. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://pureportal.strath.ac.uk/en/datasets/7d53f0df-ad98-48f0-8c06-12c502edf4bc
 
Title Data from "Approaching the Quantum Limit of Precision in Absorbance Estimation Using Classical Resources" 
Description Data output from experimental work for the publication "Approaching the Quantum Limit of Precision in Absorbance Estimation Using Classical Resources" 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.bris.ac.uk/data/dataset/3e22hupanhca522bibwhfemzp7/
 
Title Quantum Rangefinding 
Description Open access data relating to Frick et al. "Quantum Rangefinding" arXiv-quant-ph:2006.04875 (2020) and subsequent peer-reviewed publication in Optics Express. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.bris.ac.uk/data/dataset/20ai8qdievrj02gr761ollvzzw/
 
Title The role of late photons in diffuse optical imaging 
Description Pre-processed raw data from SPAD sensor and image reconstructions using an inverse retrieval algorithm. There are also codes and data for reproducing the figures shown in the manuscript. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL http://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/1069
 
Description Studentship - Student: Bernard Cooper, Supervisors: Robert Hadfield and Dmitry Morozov, Industry Partner: Chase Research Cryogenics (Simon Chase) 
Organisation Chase Research Cryogenics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Supervisor(s) - Robert Hadfield and Dmitry Morozov, DTP Contribution £45,532.
Collaborator Contribution Industry Consumable: £7,000 and Industry Stipend: £25,000. Industry Partner: Chase Research Cryogenics (Simon Chase)
Impact Supervisor(s) - Robert Hadfield and Dmitry Morozov, DTP Contribution £45,532. Industry Consumable: £7,000 and Industry Stipend: £25,000. Industry Partner: Chase Research Cryogenics (Simon Chase). £25,000 in kind contribution.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Studentship - Student: Joel Terry, Supervisors: Andy Harvey, Johannes Courtial, and Guillem Carles, Industry Partner: Optos (Jano van Hemert) 
Organisation Optos plc
Department Optos
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Student: Joel Terry, Supervisors: Andy Harvey, Johannes Courtial, and Guillem Carles. DTP Contribution: £44,138.50
Collaborator Contribution Industry Partner: Optos (Jano van Hemert), Industry Consumables: £14,000 Industry Stipend: £26,000.
Impact Student: Joel Terry, Supervisors: Andy Harvey, Johannes Courtial, and Guillem Carles. DTP Contribution: £44,138.50. Industry Partner: Optos (Jano van Hemert), Industry Consumables: £14,000 Industry Stipend: £26,000.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Studentship - Student: Mustafa Al Khafaji, Supervisor Sonja Franke Arnold and Joerg Goette, Industry Partner: Fraunhofer 
Organisation Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution DTP Contribution - £34,202
Collaborator Contribution Industry Consumable - £12,250, Industry Stipend - £22,750
Impact Studentship - Student: Mustafa Al Khafaji, Supervisor Sonja Franke Arnold and Joerg Goette, Industry Partner: Fraunhofer, University: Glasgow
Start Year 2020
 
Description Studentship - Student: Phil Binner, Supervisors: Daniele Faccio and Andrew Tobin, Industry Partner: Donation from Alumni 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University: Glasgow, Supervisor(s): Daniele Faccio and Andrew Tobin. DTP Contribution: £33,562.62
Collaborator Contribution Industry Consumable: 22,500 and Industry Stipend £27,500. Donation from Alumni.
Impact University: Glasgow, Supervisor(s): Daniele Faccio and Andrew Tobin. DTP Contribution: £33,562.62. Industry Consumable: 22,500 and Industry Stipend £27,500. Donation from Alumni.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Studentship - Student: Ulrich Steinlehner, Supervisor: Gerald Buller, Industry: Partner Sonardyne 
Organisation Sonardyne International Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution DTP Contribution £48,500. Student Ulrich Steinlehner and Supervisor is Gerald Buller at Heriot Watt University.
Collaborator Contribution Industry Stipend £21,000
Impact Student Ulrich Steinlehner and Supervisor is Gerald Buller at Heriot Watt University.
Start Year 2019
 
Title Intelligent LiDAR 
Description Demonstrator: Non-line of sight imaging (LIDAR) Principal Investigator: Daniele Faccio Intelligent LIDAR patent renewed and extended to PCT/EP2020/063682 
IP Reference  
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact Intelligent LIDAR patent renewed and extended to PCT/EP2020/063682
 
Title Method for fabrication of ridge waveguides 
Description A method for fabricating an optical waveguide comprises initially providing a sample of lithium niobite (LiNbO3) doped with magnesium oxide (MgO) and having at least one grating of periodic domain inversion, 28, defined therein (i.e. magnesium oxide doped periodically poled lithium niobite, MgO PPLN.) A layer of metallic zinc is applied to a surface of the sample over the at least one grating using sputter deposition. The sample is then heated in an atmosphere of pure oxygen to cause the zinc to indiffuse into the lithium niobite to form a waveguiding layer of increased refractive index under the surface of the sample. A dicing blade is used to cut two substantially parallel channels, 36, either side of the at least one grating, to define a ridge waveguide, 38, between the two channels. Also disclosed is an optical device produced by the method. 
IP Reference GB2584877 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed No
Impact A key patent on waveguide fabrication has just been published. United Kingdom Patent Application Number 1908764.2 PPLN Waveguides for Watt-Level Power Operation University of Southampton I am pleased to inform you that the above referenced Patent Application will be published on 23/12/2020 under the number GB 2584877."
 
Company Name DIGISTAIN LIMITED 
Description Chris Phillips has formed a mid-IR Imaging Company, Digistain Ltd., (http://digistain.co.uk) incorporated just before Christmas 2019, Company number 12329264, with himself and Dr Hemmel Amrania as directors. 
Year Established 2019 
Impact The company has been granted an IP patent portfolio, (previously operated by Imperial Innovations) and is actively seeking investors to commercialize his mid-IR cancer detection technology.
 
Description Abstract accepted talk: Photon 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Abstract accepted talk: Quantum Optical Metrology of Correlated Phase and Loss

Conference: Photon 2020 (Conference on QuantIC related work)

Attendee and Location: Euan Allen - University of Bristol

Date: September 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Contributed Talks at CLEO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Activity: Two contributed talks as co-author

Conference: CLEO

Date: May 2020

Location: DC, United States
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Lecture at 4PHOTON Nanophotonics Winter School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendee: RH Hadfield as Invited Lecturer

Lecture Title: Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors: physics and applications

Event Name: 4PHOTON Nanophotonics Winter School

Date: 22/01/2020

Location: University of Sheffield, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Lecturer - Winter School, University of Sheffield, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk: Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

Attendee: Robert Hadfield

Date: 22/01/2020

Conference Name: Physics and applications 4PHOTON Nanophotonics - Invited Lecturer

Location: Winter School, University of Sheffield, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Paper: SPIE photonics west 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Jonathan Matthews was involved in Invited Paper :Title: Loss estimation with continuous and discrete variable quantum light

Thursday 6th Feb, Time: 4:30 PM - 4:55 PM

Speaker: Author(s): George Atkinson, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)

Conference: SPIE photonics west, San Francisco, USA, 1-6 Feb 2020 (Session 35: Quantum Information Processing and Related Technologies III)

Ref: Paper 11296-155
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://spie.org/PWO/conferencedetails/opto-atomic-entanglement-enhanced-metrology?SSO=1
 
Description Invited Paper: SPIE photonics west, San Francisco, USA, 1-6 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk Title: Zn indiffused ridge PPLN waveguides for highly anti-correlated single photon pairs

Attendee: S.A.Berry, J.Francis-Jones, L.G.Carpenter, I.A.Walmsley, C.B.E.Gawith

Conference Name: SPIE Photonics West Feb 2020

Location: San Francisco
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Paper: SPIE photonics west, San Francisco, USA, 1-6 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk Title: Watt level performance of ductile diced PPLN waveguides  

Attendee: L.G.Carpenter, S.A.Berry, P.G.R.Smith, C.B.E.Gawith

Conference Name: SPIE Photonics West Feb 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Presentation - International SPAD Sensor Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact LIDAR using SPADs in the visible and short-wave infrared"
Attendee's: Gerald S. Buller*, Aongus McCarthy, Rachael Tobin , Aurora Maccarone, Abderrahim Halimi, Julián Tachella, Stephen McLaughlin & Yoann Altmann

Conference: International SPAD Sensor Workshop

Date & Location: June 2020, (INVITED PRESENTATION) given online due to Covid-19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Presentation - SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation Title: "High efficiency planar geometry germanium-on-silicon single-photon avalanche diode detectors"

Attendee: Gerald S. Buller (Speaker), Peter Vines, Kateryna Kuzmenko, Zoë M. Greener, Jaroslaw Kirdoda, Derek C. S. Dumas, Lourdes Ferre Llin, Muhammad M. Mirza, Ross W. Millar, Douglas J. Paul,

Date: April 2020

Conference: SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing,

Location: , Anaheim, USA, (INVITED PRESENTATION) given online due to Covid-19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Presentation - SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation Title: "Time-correlated single-photon counting for underwater applications"

Conference: SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing,

Location: Anaheim, USA (Presented Virtually)

Attendees: Aurora Maccarone (Speaker) , Aongus McCarthy, Julián Tachella, Francesco Mattioli Della Rocca, Yoann Altmann, Stephen McLaughlin, Robert Henderson, Gerald S. Buller

Date: April 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Speaker - POEM International Photonics and OptoElectronics Meeting. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Miles Padgett was an invited speaker at POEM International Photonics and OptoElectronics Meeting, Talk Title: Deep-Learning Optimised Single Pixel LiDAR. Given on 12th November 2019 with conference in Wuhan, China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Speaker at IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the 12th December 2019 Professor Miles Padgett gave a talk at the 2019 IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Speaker at SPIE Photonics West 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk Title: Watt-level 780 nm SHG in Zn indiffused MgO:PPLN ridge waveguides with 70% conversion efficiency

Attendees: C.B.E.Gawith, L.G.Carpenter, A.C.Gray, P.G.R.Smith, S.A.Berry

Conference: SPIE Photonics West Feb 2020

Location: San Francisco
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Talk - IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk Title:  Fast Adaptive Scene Sampling for Single-Photon 3D LiDAR Images

Conference Name:  IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP)

Attendees: A. Halimi, P. Ciuciu, S. McLaughlin, G. Buller

Date: December, 2019

Location: Guadeloupe, France,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited Talk - International SPAD Sensor Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk: "Ge on Si SPADs for LiDAR and Quantum Technology Applications"

Conference: The International SPAD Sensor Workshop

Attendees: J. Kirdoda, L. Ferre Llin, K. Kuzmenko, P. Vines, F. Thorburn, L.L. Huddleston, Z. Greener, D.C.S. Dumas, R.W. Miller, M.M. Mirza, A. Halimi, R.J. Collins, A. Maccarone, A. McCarthy, G.S. Buller & D.J. Paul

Location: Virtual but originally at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Scotland

Date: June 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Talk: IEEE Photonics Conference BICOP December 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk Title: "Nonlinear Optics for Quantum Technologies"

Attendees: C.B.E.Gawith, L.G.Carpenter, S.A.Berry, A.C.Gray, P.G.R.Smith

Invited: IEEE Photonics Conference BICOP December 2019

Location: London, Savoy Place
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Invited Talk: Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals - January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: "Photon-pair source at 2090 nm for long-distance quantum communication"  

Attendees: S.Prabhakar, T.Shields, A.Dada, M.Ebrahim, G.Taylor, D.Morozov, K.Eritokritou, S.Miki, M.Yabuno, H.Terai, C.B.E.Gawith, M.Kues, L.Caspani, R.Hadfield, M.Clerici

Conference Name: Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals January 2020

Location: India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited lecture - Speaker: Catherine Higham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: AI for Emerging Quantum Technologies: Mathematical Concepts and Applications.

Conference: 1st International Conference on Sustainability, Trustworthiness, and Reliability of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems, co-organized by Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

Date: 1st of July until the 3rd of July 2020

Location: Moscow

Attendee: Catherine Higham
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online Event - Quantum in the Summer 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact John Rarity and John Jeffers participated in Quantum in the summer (moved online), summer school for A-level students, 3-7th August: Cyril Torre delivered lecture on Quantum Metrology, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/engagement/qsummer/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/engagement/qsummer/
 
Description Online Meetup - Poster presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event: POM (Photonics Online Meetup)

Activity: Poster

Attendee: Jacopo Bertolotti

Date: 22nd June 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Organised Virtual Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Danial Chitnis and Robert Henderson involved in International SPAD Sensor Workshop June 8-10th 2020 (virtual). 225 Registrants, 30 presentations, and 13 virtual posters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Paper at Imaging and Applied Optics Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper: "The Role of Late Photons in Time-of-Flight Diffuse Optical Tomography"

Attendees: J. Radford, A. Lyons, F. Tonolini, and D. Faccio

Conference: Imaging and Applied Optics Congress

Location: OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2020), paper IF2E.5.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at Virtual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference Name: UDRC Themed Meeting on Imaging through Obscure Media

Talk Title: Imaging and Tracking Objects Beyond Scattering Media

Attendee: Jacopo Bertolotti, University of Exeter

Date: March 18th, 2020

Location: Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://udrc.eng.ed.ac.uk/udrc-themed-meeting-imaging-through-obscure-media
 
Description Public Demonstration of Project. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Single-photon underwater camera: demo presented to the public at the Royal Institution in November 2019, as part of "Quantum in the city" (with G. Buller).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Published Paper at 2019 IEEE 2nd British and Irish Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Doug Paul and Gerald Buller: Geiger Mode Ge-on-Si Single-Photon Avalanche Diode Detectors

Attendees: J. Kirdoda, D.C.S. Dumas, R.W. Millar, M.M. Mirza, D.J. Paul, K. Kuzmenko, P. Vines, Z. Greener and G.S. Buller

Conference Name: 2019 IEEE 2nd British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics (BICOP) pp. 1 -- 4 (2019) -
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9059574
 
Description Quantum Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Doug Paul participated in Quantum Showcase, had an IET Booth, 6th November 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Quantum Showcase - Online Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bernard Cooper - Participation in UK Quantum Showcase 2020 in with Chase Research Cryogenics at virtual exhibition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Quantum Technology Showcase - Online Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex McMillan gave a talk: Intensity correlated twin beam light source - QUANTIC Hub booth, while participating in Quantum technology showcase (2020) online event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Summer School - Seminar Speaker Jacopo Bertolotti 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Date: April 13th - 24th April 2020

Attendee: Jacopo Bertolotti

Conference Name: International Thematic School on Waves in Complex media - from Theory to Practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.houches-school-physics.com/program/program-2020/waves-in-complex-media-from-theory-to-pr...
 
Description Symposium - Rank Prize Fund 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Symposium: Seeing Through Obscuration

Date: 6th - 9th July 2020

Attendee: Jacopo Bertolotti

Virtual Event, hosted in Grasmere, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Symposium: LMS - Bath Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: The Mathematics of Machine Learning

Conference: LMS - Bath Symposium

Date: 3rd-7th August 2020

Attendee: Rod Murray-Smith

Location: University of Bath
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk - UK Cryogenic Cluster Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Advanced cryogenics for superconducting single-photon detectors

Conference: UK Cryogenic Cluster Webinar

Attendee: Robert Hadfield

Date: 10/09/2020

Location: UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk at International SPAD Sensor Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging of Neutrophils with a 512x16 Histogramming SPAD Line Sensor,

Conference: International SPAD Sensor Workshop 2020

Date: June 2020

Attendees: Neil Finlayson, Gareth Williams, Duncan Humphries, Tom Quinn, Hazel Stewart, Ahmet Erdogan, Kev Dhaliwal, Mark Bradley, Robert Henderson,

Location: Virtual but originally at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Scotland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk at International SPAD Sensor Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Jitter spectroscopy of Advanced CMOS SPADs

Conference: International SPAD Sensor Workshop 2020

Date: June 2020

Attendees: Danial Chitnis, Tarek Al Abbas, Robert Henderson,

Location: Virtual but originally at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Scotland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk at International SPAD Sensor Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: A SPAD Motion Triggered Time of Flight Image Sensor,

Conference: International SPAD Sensor Workshop 2020

Date: June 2020

Attendees: Francesco Mattioli Della Rocca, Hanning Mai, Sam W. Hutchings, Tarek Al Abbas 1, Kasper Buckbee, Andreas Tsiamis, Peter Lomax, Istvan Gyongy, Neale A. W. Dutton , and Robert K. Henderson,

Location: Virtual but originally at Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Scotland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk at Virtual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk: "Bayesian methods for robust 3D imaging and sensing in the photon-starved regime"

Conference: The 4th International Conference on Photonics and Optical Engineering (icPOE 2020)

Date: 15th - 16th October, 2020

Attendee: S. McLaughlin (Online)

Location: Xi'an, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk given to Retired Professionals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Doug Paul gave a talk "Nanotechnology: From Transistors to Quantum Technology" at Antoine Probus Club, 19th October 2020 - 48 retired professionals in Milgavie and Bearsden
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk: "Planar geometry Ge-on-Si single-photon avalanche diode detectors for the short-wave infrared"

Date: 20th September 2020

Attendees: Fiona E. Thorburn,  Laura L. Huddleston,  Xin Yi,  Gerald S. Buller,  Jaroslaw Kirdoda,  Ross W. Millar,Lourdes Ferre Llin, and  Douglas J. Paul

Conference: Proc. SPIE 11540, Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence V; and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Micro- and Nanosystems in Security and Defence III, 115400O
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2575863
 
Description Talk: CLEO-PR 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Upconversion detection of 1.25 Gb/s Mid-IR telecommunications using a silicon avalanche photodiode'

Conference: 2020 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim (CLEO-PR)

Date: August 2020

Attendees: Alan C Gray, Sam A Berry, Lewis G Carpenter, James C Gates, Corin BE Gawith, Peter GR Smith
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: IRQ 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Transition edge sensors for applications from astronomy to quantum optics

Conference: IRQ2020 virtual workshop Moscow State Pedagocial University

Date: 19/11/2020

Attendees: Dmitry Morozov

Location: Moscow (Virtual)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: Nanjing University, Science and Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Infrared single photon detection with superconducting nanowires

Conference: Nanjing Uni. Science & Technology, China

Attendee: Robert Hadfield

Date: 11/09/2020

Location: China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: Photon Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: "Super-Resolution for 3D Depth Imaging via Multi-Feature Fusion Deep Network,"

Attendees: A. Ruget, A. Halimi, S. McLaughlin, I. Gyongi, R. Henderson, J. Leach,

Date: September 2020

Conference: Photon, Online  
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: Quantum Communication and Simulation Hub Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Advanced Cryogenics for Superconducting Single Photon

Conference: Quantum Communication and Simulation Hub Virtual Workshop on Cryogenic Electronics

Attendees: Robert Hadfield

Date: 29/10/2020

Location: UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: Quantum Photonics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk: A high-speed low nonlinearity FPGA-based time-to-digital converter for ToF imaging

Conference: Proc. SPIE 11579, Quantum Photonics: Enabling Technologies, 115790H

Date: 4th October 2020

Attendees: Yuanyuan Hua, Hanning Mai, Fahimeh Dehkhoda, Yangchun Li, Robert Henderson, and Danial Chitnis
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: SPIE Security + Defence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Planar geometry Ge-on-Si single-photon avalanche diode detectors for the short-wave infrared

Conference: SPIE Security + Defence 2020, Online forum

Attendee: Fiona E. Thorburn, Laura L. Huddleston, Xin Yi, Gerald S. Buller, Jaroslaw Kirdoda, Ross W. Millar, Lourdes Ferre Llin, Douglas J. Paul

Date: September 2020

Location: Edinburgh (Virtual)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: SPIE Security + Defence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Real-time imaging of moving targets through atmospheric obscurant using time-correlated single-photon counting

Conference: SPIE Security + Defence 2020, Online forum

Attendee: Aongus McCarthy, Rachael Tobin, Abderrahim Halimi, Phil Soan, Gerald S. Buller

Date: September 2020

Location: Edinburgh (Virtual)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: SPIE Security + Defence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: Underwater time of flight depth imaging using an asynchronous linear single photon avalanche diode detector array

Conference: SPIE Security + Defence 2020, Online forum

Attendee: Aurora Maccarone, Giulia Acconcia, Ulrich Steinlehner, Ivan Labanca, Ivan Rech, and Gerald Buller

Date: September 2020

Location: Edinburgh (Virtual)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Virtual Presentation to MoD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gerald Buller gave a Microsoft Teams presentation to the whole of MOD on "Quantum Technologies for Position, Navigation, Timing (PNT) and Imaging" on the 26th June 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Virtual Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Robert Hadfield, Virtual Seminar, Radioastronomy technology group, University of Manchester 05/07/2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Virtual Seminar - Radioastronomy Technology Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Robert Hadfield participated in Virtual Seminar at the Radioastronomy technology group at University of Manchester on 05/07/2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop - Attended by Jacopo Bertolotti 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event: Workshop on Information Optics

Date: 7th - 12th June 2020

Location: Florence, italy

Attendee: Jacopo Bertolotti
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://wio2020.sciencesconf.org/
 
Description Workshop - IEEE CAMSAP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk Title: "Real-time 3D color imaging with single-photon Lidar data",

Attendees: J. Tachella, Y. Altmann, J.-Y. Tourneret, S. McLaughlin

Date: December 2019

Conference Name: IEEE CAMSAP (Workshop)

Location: Guadeloupe
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop - WCCM 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Title: "Robust linear regression and anomaly detection in the presence of Poisson noise using Expectation-Propagation"

Conference: WCCM 2019 (Work-Shop)

Attendees: Y. Altmann, D. Yao, S. McLaughlin, M. E. Davies,

Date: Dec. 2019.

Location: Singapore
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019