National Quantum Technologies Showcase event
INEX Microtechnology Ltd was delighted to attend the recent National Quantum Technologies Showcase event in London on the 9th November 2018. Held at the QEII conference centre, near Westminster, a host of UK universities, SMEs and industrial parties convened to show off the developments in quantum devices, both technologically and commercially.
Five of INEX’s partners were in attendance, showcasing state-of-the-art devices ranging from magnetometers, atom traps to ultra-sensitive accelerometers - all with key components fabricated by INEX.
Under an Innovate UK (IUK) programme with Strathclyde University, Fraunhofer CAP and Thales UK, INEX has developed caesium-based vapour cells for optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) for magnetic field sensing applications.
With Prof Tom Pike and his team from Imperial College London, INEX has manufactured the beautifully designed seismometer chip as part of the InSight mission to Mars, taking the seismometer from academic lab into a production environment. INEX recently reached another milestone by successfully fabricating fully functioning devices in an initial production run on the journey towards commercialisation of the programme.
Working with the University of Sussex, CDO2 and the Queen Mary University of London under another IUK programme, the INEX team are developing rubidium-based vapour cells for OPM arrays for imaging systems used in battery diagnosis, characterisation and assessment. These systems will assist the development of next generation energy storage systems as the country moves towards low carbon, renewable energy production.
INEX has also been active in producing atom traps for a variety of quantum related research interests across the country and continues to support partners both technologically and commercially as the first seeds of new businesses are created here in the UK.
INEX was established as an independent micro-fabrication commercialisation partner with assistance from IUK under the M3DC programme and has helped a significant number of innovative businesses (SMEs & multi-nationals) as well as over twenty UK Universities to not only develop new technologies but also taking them to reliable production volumes.