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Industry thrives on innovation as it can bring new ideas to existing products or processes, to improve performance or reduce cost. Quantum mechanics has demonstrated that light has inherent “uncertainties” in its features and quantum imaging can both improve the performance of existing imaging systems and create new sensing modalities beyond what is possible in classical optics.

This meeting takes a look at the research going on in Scotland and identifies new opportunities for industry.



QuantIC and industrial collaboration
Dr Michael Fletcher, QuantIC



Michael joined QuantIC in February 2015 as our Business Development Manager. Michael has a background in science and engineering, with his BSc in Physics and a PhD in Engineering. He has worked in both the public and private sectors on technology transfer and technology exploitation projects taking technology from the laboratory out into industry. He also has extensive experience in business development, over 20 years, covering a broad range of sectors.


Assessing a multiplexed TCSPC system for fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) applications
Dr Graham Hungerford, Horiba Scientific



Graham is an Applications Scientist working on the development of time-resolved fluorescence systems for HORIBA Scientific. Prior to this he was an invited Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the Universidade do Minho. He has previously held several post-doc positions after obtaining his PhD (in both Chemistry and Physics departments) applying time-resolved fluorescence techniques. These were both cuvette and microscopy (FLIM) based.

He maintains an involvement in research applying time-resolved luminescence techniques and university collaborations have resulted in several publications ranging from the study of yeast in sol-gel derived media and bioactive compounds to lanthanide containing polyoxometalates and glasses, along with photocleavable aminoacids. He is co-author of 7 book chapters and over 80 publications.


Development of ultrafast lasers in biomedical multiphoton applications
Dr Chris Leburn, Chromacity



Dr. Christopher Leburn leads the growth of Chromacity. He is a former Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow and holds a Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in ultrafast solid-state lasers. Christopher submitted his business idea towards the 2012 Converge Challenge, a business competition designed to tease technology out of the research base. 

Having secured 3rd place in this competition, Christopher, along with his co-founders, incorporated Chromacity in early 2013.  As the company formed, Christopher undertook a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship to enhance his commercial capabilities. These skills have allowed him to successfully secure investment and build a team that can design, manufacture and deliver highly reliable, compact, cost effective ultrafast laser sources for a range of different customers.


Innovation in multi-photon laser microscopy
Dr Craig Hamilton, Pxyl



Craig Hamilton has worked in the photonics sector for over 25 years mainly concentrating on start-ups.He gained his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1995 and span Intense Photonics out from there in 2000. He is currently CEO of PXYL.


Refreshment break in exhibition hall


Introduction to Technology Scotland
Stephen Taylor, Technology Scotland



With over 20 years of success in global sales, new business development, start-ups, consulting roles, and business management, Stephen’s varied career has included spells at Schlumberger, Philips Semiconductors and Jabil. In addition, he has lectured in Further Education and been interim CEO for a camera start-up. Stephen is keen to use his experience to drive Scottish technology businesses and SMEs.


Lasers and laser systems for quantum technology
Dr Henry Bookey, Fraunhofer CAP



Applications of photonics in renewable energy including wind LIDAR and distributed fibre sensing. Successfully delivered projects from lab table to the field.

Research in waveguides, multicore and micro-structured fibre, mid-IR super-continuum and mid-IR fibre lasers.  Integrated optical devices for diverse applications.

Actively involved in commercialisation and knowledge transfer. Co-founder of Optoscribe. Interested in bringing integrated optics research to the marketplace. Specialties: Over 60 journal and conference papers in the areas of fibre optics, integrated and nonlinear optics, gas phase diagnositcs and laser physics.


Nanometre depth-imaging based on Hong-Ou-Mandel interferometry
Dr Erik Gauger, Heriot-Watt University



Erik Gauger has joined IPaQS in January 2015 as a Royal Society of Edinburgh / Scottish Government Personal Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University.

Previously he received a Diplom degree in physics from the University of Konstanz (2005) before taking up a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Training Fellowship to obtain a DPhil from the University of Oxford (2009). Following a postdoctoral appointment at Oxford (2009-2011), Erik held appointments as Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore (2011-2014).


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