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EPSRC Reference: EP/M024539/1
Title: Quantum Integrated Nonlinear Technologies for Enabling Stable, Scaleable, Engineered Commercial Exploitation (QuINTESSEnCE)
Principal Investigator: Smith, Professor PGR
Other Investigators:
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Covesion Ltd Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL Menlo Systems GmbH
TOPTICA Photonics AG University of Birmingham University of Oxford
Department: Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 01 April 2015 Ends: 31 March 2020 Value (£): 1,509,429
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Electronics
Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
04 Mar 2015 EPSRC QT Fellowships Interview Meeting 4-5 March 2015 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This Fellowship application will provide support for a leading Photonics Engineering Academic, Prof Peter Smith, University of Southampton, to build a research team to address industry and academic led challenges in Quantum Technologies.

The project is entitled QuINTESSEnCE - standing for Quantum Integrated Nonlinear Technology Enabling Stable, Scaleable Engineered for Commercial Exploitation. This title reflects our desire to develop technology that will be stable and applicable in real-world applications, and move that towards developing a supply chain to take Quantum Technologies towards commercial reality.

The work will focus on building optical components and photonic manufacturing capability for the next generation of science and, by working closely with companies, to provide the components needed to underpin the application of quantum enabled technology to address a wide range of societal and economic challenges.

Two core technologies will be developed, the first being lasers that are exceptionally stable and low noise, and ideally suited for use in a wide range of science applications. The second technology will see the development of new optical materials capable of converting the wavelength (colour) of laser light, efficiently and cheaply. The approach will use high reflecting cavities to enhance the light fields, giving high conversion efficiency and, importantly, exploiting the laws of quantum science to create photons with unique properties.

The highlight of the project will be manufacturing demonstrators of our quantum enabled optical technology to take to companies and end-users that will act to prove their value. Two demonstration areas are planned, firstly detectors that will be able to see extremely low light levels in the infra-red without the need for expensive cooling to prevent noise. The second will be to use our lasers and cavities to show advantage in measuring optical fibre links while they are in use, improving data reliability on the internet and increasing down-load speeds.

Detectors and other devices will be based on fundamental quantum properties, in which two photons can be fused together to create a single photon with higher energy but preserving fundamental quantum information in the photons themselves.

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