Teledyne e2v wins Innovate UK grants for quantum technologies

Together with 30 partners, Teledyne e2v has won over £15M from three Innovate UK industry challenge fund projects in quantum technologies.

Chelmsford, UK – 12 November 2018 Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company, has won funding that will enable Teledyne e2v and its partners to develop a quantum gravity sensor that can detect tunnels and sinkholes, a quantum miniature atomic clock that will power future 5G networks and ultra-secure quantum communication technology.

Gravity Pioneer, a ground-based quantum gravity sensor

Led by RSK and in partnership with Teledyne e2v, University of Birmingham and Fraunhofer CAP, this project will build a ground-based quantum gravity sensor to detect voids such as sink holes, pipes, oil deposits and mineshafts. Currently, only 30 percent of exploratory bore holes drilled to investigate oil and gas deposits are successful providing a specific application for gravity pioneer in the oil and gas industry. Gravity Pioneer also has the potential to speed up over £13bn of rail track renewal on the UK’s rail network.

KAIROS, a compact caesium atomic clock

Led by Teledyne e2v and in partnership with NPL, Leonardo, Altran, CSC, ICS, HCD Research, Optocap, University of York and Cardiff University, this project will build a compact caesium atomic clock. The applications include critical infrastructure services, such as reliable energy supply, safe transport links, 5G mobile communications, data networks and electronic financial transactions.

3QN, a commercially viable optical ground receiver for satellite quantum key distribution

Led by Arqit in partnership with Teledyne e2v, this project will focus on developing a commercially viable optical ground receiver for satellite quantum key distribution (QKD). This provides a way to share tamper proof encryption keys to guarantee secure communication channels for sensitive information.

Professor Trevor Cross, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Quantum, at Teledyne e2v said: “Winning these awards is a huge endorsement of the skill, effort and commitment of Teledyne e2v’s dedicated team. These quantum projects have the potential to deliver real-world significance.”

About Teledyne e2v’s Quantum Technologies group

The engineering groups of Teledyne can draw on a remarkable portfolio of cutting edge technology, unique expertise and decades of experience in sensing, signal generation and processing across a vast range of applications and industries. As a result, Teledyne e2v is well positioned to focus on the development and commercialisation of quantum technologies.

Teledyne e2v’s Quantum Technologies team aim to harness quantum effects to produce devices that have exciting new applications in the real world. Quantum technologies are set to provide much-improved capabilities in timing, sensing and measurement, electronics, imaging, computing and simulation, and communications. Teledyne e2v’s Quantum team design solutions for the impossible.

About Teledyne e2v

Teledyne e2v’s innovations lead developments in healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defence and security, and industrial markets. Teledyne’s unique approach involves listening to the application challenges of customers and partnering with them to provide innovative standard, semi-custom or fully-custom imaging solutions, bringing increased value to their systems. In combination with its sister companies, Teledyne DALSA and Teledyne Imaging Sensors, three imaging powerhouses together represent a new paradigm in the delivery of innovative imaging solutions built on unrivalled expertise and a deep technological heritage that includes capabilities across the spectrum, from infrared to x-ray imaging. For more information visit .

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Published 2018-11-12
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