A consortium led by The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) has been awarded a 2 year, £1.2M project to develop high performance, compound semiconductor laser sources to enable miniaturised atomic clocks for a wide range of applications such as high accuracy navigation products for defence and aerospace, resilient telecoms infrastructure with increased data capacity (5G), and systems that provide highly accurate time-stamping of financial transactions. CSC will collaborate with Compound Semiconductor Technologies (Glasgow), Cardiff University and the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) in order to develop a UK supply chain for these key components.
Project Lead, Dr Wyn Meredith, commented: “The UK has made a huge commitment to the commercialisation of Quantum Technologies, and there is a critical need for a new generation of components which underpin a new industry of quantum enabled systems and applications. It is vitally important that we invest in full the supply chain not only to keep the UK at the forefront of the science and technology, but to also benefit from the future commercial opportunities in this area.”
The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) was formed in August 2015 as a joint venture between Cardiff University, one of the Britain's leading research universities, and IQE plc, the world leading supplier of advanced compound semiconductor wafer products. Based in Cardiff, the Compound Semiconductor Centre is a vital milestone towards developing a World-class Compound Semiconductor cluster in South Wales.
The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP) aims to ensure the successful transition of quantum technologies from laboratory to industry. The Programme is delivered by EPSRC, Innovate UK, BEIS, NPL, GCHQ, Dstl and the KTN.