5 November 2021
III-V Epi participating in Innovate UK-funded SHARK-VECSEL atomic-clock project
III-V Epi Ltd of Glasgow, Scotland, UK says that it will consolidate its position as an essential part of the commercial quantum technologies supply chain following its involvement with the project SHARK-VECSELs (Supply cHAin for stRontium clocK Vertical External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers).
Funded by UK Government agency Innovate UK (which provides funding and support for business innovation as part of UK Research and Innovation), the £50,000 project is focused on next-generation quantum timing applications in strontium-atom-based optical clocks.
“The SHARK-VECSELs project will set III-V Epi up to supply commercial quantum solutions,” says chief technology officer professor Richard Hogg. “Pre-prototype VECSELs have already been successfully produced through a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensing and Timing, and the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre. This knowledge will be shared with III-V Epi, before adding our own expertise in phosphide-based semiconductor heterostructures and custom-designed VECSELs. We will go on to fabricate the quantum SHARK-VECSELs, which the University of Strathclyde will test,” he adds.
“Quantum technologies play a mission-critical role in defence, security and other sensitive markets, however they typically require only low-volume production quantities, which large-scale industry suppliers find prohibitive,” Hogg continues. “III-V Epi was set up specifically to address this low-volume, fast-turnaround market, including the supply of commercial quantum solutions.”