Quantum Technologies Day



Exhibition Opens

SESSION 1 : Quantum technologies - components to systems


Welcome & Introduction

Paul McCartney, Fraunhofer CAP


Laser Sources for Quantum technologies

Dr Christopher Carson, Researcher, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics


Christopher received his Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Strathclyde in June 2011 and in April 2015 completed his PhD in the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics group at the University of Strathclyde. The work during his PhD was focused on Bose-Einstein condensate interferometry, which was then used to measure fundamental physics, inertial forces and gravitational gradients. After his PhD he joined The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP) as a researcher in May 2015. His wide range of research interests includes cold atom physics, interferometry, laser physics and photonics and he has experience in optical and laser system design, construction and alignment. While working at FCAP, he has been technical lead on a number of funded R&D projects in the field of quantum technology.


Narrow Linewidth Lasers for QT Applications

Dr Stephen Lee, Consultant Engineer, Optocap

Stephen earned his PhD in experimental laser physics at the University of Strathclyde in 2000 and since then has worked in laser product development. During his 6 years at Coherent he focussed on ultrashort-pulse lasers for bioscience and medical applications. He followed this with 10 years at Thales where he acted as Design Authority for the defence lasers product line, ensuring that laser systems operated in extreme environmental conditions with high reliability. Stephen joined Optocap in May 2018 to support Optocap’s narrow-linewidth laser product line development.


Miniaturised Quantum Components

Dr Alka Swanson, VP Sales & Marketing, Kelvin Nanotechnology


Alka has over 25 years of experience in optoelectronics industry, working various roles in many different companies. She was a general manager of a two hundred million dollar division for a leading component supplier. She has made significant impact on manufacturing start-ups, and consulted with many companies regarding both engineering and business development. Most recently, Alka was a director at Princeton Lightwave (Lidar Company) which was acquired by Argo (A Ford funded company) and went on to join KNT in November of 2018.


Break & Exhibition time


Quantum technologies for gas detection

Dr Angus Bell, Lead Technologist, Emerson Cascade

Angus is working on the next generation of technologies required for gas sensing and detection at Emerson Cascade. He has over 30 years of industrial and academic experience in photonics, most recently at the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow working on current and future gravitational wave detectors. Prior to joining the IGR, he was Director of Engineering at Coherent Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Astrophysics and was a staff scientist at the National Physical Laboratory in London, where he obtained a PhD from Imperial College, before doing post-doctoral research at Strathclyde and Konstanz Universities.


Distributed feedback  InGaN/GaN laser diodes at 422nm for atomic clock applications

Dr Thomas Sleight, Research Lead,  CST Global


Dr Thomas Slight has over 15 years experience in III-V semiconductor device development. After completing a PhD in 2005 on resonant tunnelling structures he was a researcher with Glasgow University investigating novel MIR sources for gas sensing. He has been with CSTG since 2011 working on a range of funded and commercial R&D programmes involving the design and processing of visible and mid-infrared, surface emitting and edge emitting devices. He has around 60 journal and conference publications in the area of III-V optoelectronics.



Speaker 6


Q & A session "What next for Quantum?” followed by close of morning session


Lunchtime break and Exhibition Time


SESSION 2 : Applications of quantum technologies


Welcome & Introducution

Kevin McIver, QuantIC


An Overview of Photonics & Quantum Markets

Stephen Taylor, Photonics Scotland


Viewing the Invisible: An insight into the technologies being developed in the Quantum Enhanced Imaging Hub

Kevin McIver, QuantIC


Fresnel cones: from fundamental science to resolution-enhanced

Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold, University of Glasgow


GasSight: A portable camera for gas leak detection

Kyle Nutt, University of Glasgow


CMOS based TCSPC camera for real time video rate fast FLIM acquisition

Dr Graham Hungerford, Horiba Scientific


Portable Precision Magnetometry developed in the Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology

Dr Stuart Ingleby, University of Strathclyde


Quantum Information with Rydberg Atoms

Katie McDonnell, University of Strathclyde


End of Programme - meet the exhibitors



Ice Creams in the Exhibition Hall


Biophotonics Poster Session and meeting with the exhibitors in the exhibition hall. A poster prize will be awarded at 16.30 for the best poster


End of exhibition and event

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