Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Dates: Oct 2013-Sep 2018
Summary: The work I have been performing as the director of and researcher within the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology aims at the translation of fundamental science into real-world applications. As first results in this on-going programme, we have created a range of robust cold atom demonstrators, allowing to showcase Nobel-prize winning science to the public in a hands-on experience. On our pathway to develop gravity sensors based on the ability to manipulate single atoms in a way that they simultaneously explore trajectories of different height, we have explored the practicalities of gravity sensing in civil engineering. this has allowed us to determine the key development characteristics necessary, to make quantum technology gravity sensors the first choice in surveying, when e.g. a new development starts on a brown-field site. The gravity surveys with our sensors aim at precise mapping of the underground, locating cavities, sinkholes, water leaks and other potential hazards, which could lead to subsidence of future developments. We expect to demonstrate first sensors next year, which allow to reduce current gravity survey times from weeks to just hours.