QuantIC at Laser World of Photonics 2019 – a wee wrap up
The Hub was at the world’s leading trade fair for photonics which took place in Munich from 24-27 June and showcased a number of new research technologies as well industrial partnership projects to highlight how joint academic-industry collaboration was leading to commercialisation of new imaging technologies.
Exhibits included an automated 3D video surveillance using LED sources with Aralia Systems, a new form of “intelligent” LiDAR with ID Quantique, fresnel cone technology and a new wide field fluorescence imaging camera for microscopy with Horiba which is close to market launch.
Laurence Broadbent, Senior Development Engineer, who had been invited to exhibit Aralia Systems’ joint partnership resource project with QuantIC said, “We have made a few very useful contacts for the supply chain of the product we are developing, so that has been useful. Interestingly we also met another contact that may be a lead to a product that we are developing outside of the QuantIC project.” QuantIC researcher Dr Neal Radwell who was on the stand demonstrating his fresnel cone technology said, “The event was worthwhile for me, moreso for the interactions I had away from our stand. I have made contacts for manufacturing new devices, which are needed for our current project as well as contacts which might give me ideas for future projects.”
QuantIC also hosted a whisky tasting reception with Photonics Scotland on the stand on 26 June evening, which proved to be a very successful and had some visitors coming back the next day to have more detailed conversations with hub researchers. Laser World of Photonics 2019 saw a record 34,000 visitors which was up from the 32,700 visitors in 2017. There was also an increase in the number of exhibitors, which totalled 1,325 this year.
With a view to increasing its international profile in the next phase of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, QuantIC looks set to be at the next Laser World of Photonics in June 2021.