M Squared has opened a new quantum research facility at the University of Strathclyde’s Inovo building in Glasgow, Scotland.
Located in Glasgow City Innovation District, the quantum research centre will host a team of 50 members. It is expected to play a role in improving M Squared’s ability to compete internationally in commercialising quantum technologies.
University of Strathclyde principal and vice-chancellor Jim McDonald said: “We are delighted to host this cutting-edge research centre within Glasgow City Innovation District at the University of Strathclyde.
“By choosing to locate here, M Squared gains access to the internationally-leading research of the University and collaborative opportunities with other innovative companies.”
The photonics and quantum technology company will focus on the development of several new technologies that exploit the behaviour of atomic-scale physics. Included in these are quantum sensors for measuring gravity and acceleration, quantum computers, and quantum clocks.
The company’s quantum gravimeter is a device designed for measuring tiny, localised variations in the Earth’s gravitational field due to underground objects.
M Squared has developed a commercial quantum accelerometer, which is said to measure how the velocity of an object varies over time, which is expected to allow for navigation without depending on satellites.
The company’s strontium lattice atomic clock is said to potentially facilitate satellite-free navigation, deep-space navigation, and financial time-stamping.
M Squared has also developed an advanced laser system for quantum computing, which is claimed to push the limits of quantum information technologies that will solve complex problems that are not within today’s capabilities.
Scotland Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said: “This centre builds on Scotland’s existing photonics capability and signals our intent to become a significant player in the development of quantum technologies that will benefit our economy.
“Our economic development agency Scottish Enterprise recently awarded a £2.9 million R&D grant to M Squared to help accelerate their cutting-edge research. As part of their £7 million investment project, our grant will support 24 new jobs, help realise Scotland’s quantum potential, and enhance our ability to compete globally.”
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