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CST Global launches photonics forum


Forum aims to coordinate knowledge, opinion, legislation, funding and influence for government and industry

CST Global has launched the T@CST forum for the successful commercialisation of new, photonics and III V compound semiconductor technologies. The initial forum, held at the House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (www.houseforanartlover.co.uk/) in November focused on Quantum technologies and atomic clocks.

The T@CST forum (www.technologyatCST.org) aims to coordinate knowledge, opinion, legislation, funding and influence for government and industry. At this first forum, there was an illustrious list of keynote speakers.

Peter Knight, senior research Investigator in the Physics Department at Imperial College and Senior Fellow in Residence at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre at Chicheley Hall, covered the use of quantum technology in five, recognised application areas. Compact atomic clocks for timing and GPS resilience; metrology and sensors for accurate resolution and measurement; secure communications; simulation and modelling accuracy and speed; and finally computation and fast information processing.

Trevor Cross, CTO and head of quantum technologies at Teledyne e2v, gave an insightful keynote on successfully commercialising quantum technology. Teledyne e2v is amongst the first companies in the world already developing and selling products usng quantum technology.

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, Member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Photonics covered issues facing talent and recruitment in the sector.

Stephen Taylor, CEO of Technology Scotland, a membership body for companies operating in the Enabling Technology Sector, gave a market summary. He showed the exponential growth felt by many photonics companies in a world-market where quantum sensing is expected to exceed one billion dollars by 2030.

Finally, Thomas Slight, senior device development engineer at CST Global gave a summary of the five, government-funded, quantum technology research projects CST Global is currently working on.

The findings are published on the www.technologyatCST.org website.

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