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7 December 2018

CST Global launches T@CST forum for commercializing photonics technologies

III-V optoelectronic foundry Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (CST Global) of Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre, near Glasgow, Scotland, UK has launched the T@CST forum, which aims to coordinate knowledge, opinion, legislation, funding and influence for government and industry in order to commercialize new photonics and III V compound semiconductor technologies.

The initial forum, held in November at the House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, was focused on commercializing quantum technologies and atomic clocks, and included the following keynote speakers.

Professor Sir Peter Knight (senior research investigator in the Physics Department at Imperial College and senior rellow in residence at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre at Chicheley Hall) covered the use of quantum technology in five recognized application areas: compact atomic clocks for timing and GPS resilience; metrology and sensors for accurate resolution and measurement; secure communications; simulation and modelling accuracy and speed; and computation and fast information processing.

Professor Trevor Cross (chief technology officer & head of quantum technologies at Teledyne e2v) gave a keynote on commercializing quantum technology. Teledyne e2v is amongst the first companies in the world already developing and selling products utilizing quantum technology.

Carol Monaghan (MP for Glasgow North West, member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Photonics) covered issues facing talent and recruitment in the sector.

Stephen Taylor (CEO of Technology Scotland, a membership body for companies operating in the Enabling Technology Sector) gave a market summary, showing the exponential growth felt by many photonics companies in a world market where quantum sensing is expected to exceed $1bn by 2030.

Finally, senior device development engineer Dr Thomas Slight gave a summary of the five government-funded quantum technology research projects that CST Global is currently working on.

Together, attendees at the T@CST forum identified the key enablers - in the areas of talent, market readiness, technology maturity, economics, industrial environment and political support - necessary to take quantum technology into mainstream applications.

See related items:

CST Global receiving £151,699 of UK government funding to lead HELCATS atomic clock project

CST Global profiles CoolBlue and MacV quantum technology development projects at Photonics West

CST Global receives £83,774 funding to continue GaN laser technology development for quantum sensing applications

CST Global receives £202,000 grant for MacV CPT-based miniature quantum atomic clock research project

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