M Squared is a global quantum technology company and quantum technology systems integrator – the first choice for world-leading research institutions and innovation partners.
We have enabled the quantum technology community since 2006 with our awardwinning laser platform, SolsTiS, the backbone of the majority of quantum technology systems and experiments. Our products have underpinned some of the world’s most accurate clocks at JILA and NIST and some of the highest-impact Quantum computing research programs in the world at the universities of Innsbruck, Wisconsin and Oxford.
Today, we are at the heart of the international supply chain, developing components, sub-systems, and sensors for commercial quantum applications including quantum gravimeters and accelerometers.
M Squared is commercialising quantum-based gravimeters that can detect and measure atomic interference – a manifestation of wave-particle duality that matter can display when it is in a quantum state at temperatures just above absolute zero. The quantum gravimeter, which uses our novel lasers, control and vacuum systems, brings unprecedented levels of precision to gravitational measurements and the detection of gravitational fields of hidden objects.
Our gravimeter’s results are paving the way for new applications in many sectors, from the detection of new oil and gas deposits, surveying unknown ‘underground’ infrastructures such as pipes and cables, monitoring the water table and preventing flooding and geological surveying. It is capable of seeing what we cannot see with the naked eye.
M Squared is working on the UK’s first commercial ‘3D inertial sensing’ device – an accelerometer – to improve GPS navigation, offsetting interference from buildings and inclement weather, and even aiding submarines.
The accelerometer measures acceleration using atom interferometry COLD atom techniques – paving the way for high-precision satellite-free navigation for use in mining, shipping and other transport means where GPS is hindered by dead areas and the effects of terrain and weather.
M Squared is using novel laser sources, control systems and vacuum systems to develop strontium clocks. Precision timing plays a vital role in the global economy and will enable satellite-free navigation and protect the integrity of electronic financial trading.
Whereas current state-of-the-art timing systems use microwave frequency atomic clocks, our commercial optical frequency atomic clocks promise a 100x of greater improvement over current technology. Such clocks in conjunction with quantum gyros and accelerometers could enable submarine navigation to improve from 2 km accuracy over a 24-hour period to 100 m accuracy over several months. It will also prevent millions in losses due to timing errors in the financial sector.
M Squared has a long history of working with labs developing the most accurate clocks in the world, for example the National Physical Laboratory, NIST, JILA, Syrte, Riken, the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB), the Time and Frequency Laboratory (INRIM) in Italy and the East China Normal University (ECNU).
M Squared’s technology is providing the backbone for the primary ion-based quantum computing groups around the world. Our systems are used for high-fidelity gates at the University of Oxford and the University of Innsbruck as well as in neutral atom quantum computing projects at the University of Wisconsin.
M Squared is now investigating novel solutions and system concepts to offer practical solutions for quantum computing. NQIT at the University of Oxford is using our phase locked system for its quantum computing demonstrator, a similar system also in use by Professor Blatt’s Group at the University of Innsbruck.
M Squared works with game changers, leading researchers, organisations and governments to accelerate the exploitation of quantum science. We are a founding industry member of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme, through which we work in close collaboration with the UK Quantum Technology Hubs, supplying indispensable equipment, resource and engineering know-how. We are also an Industrial Member of the European Commission’s Quantum Technology Flagship Expert Group and on the board of the UK Knowledge Transfer Network’s Quantum Technologies Special Interest Group (QT SIG) helping to shape the quantum landscape.
We first developed a magneto-optical trap (MOT) in 2015, which was the precursor to our atom interferometer, launched in 2016 - both UK industry firsts.
Our atom interferometer enables high-precision measurements of the influences of motion, gravity as well as magnetic and electric fields on clouds of cold rubidium atoms, which act as sensors. These clouds of atoms are held in place inside a vacuum chamber (the MOT) and are cooled down to 80 micro Kelvin – barely above absolute zero, colder than deep space. This atom interferometer is at the heart of a number of our quantum technologies.
We have also developed cold atom instrumentation to control the complex measurement sequences required for atom interferometry and gravity measurement applications. Our ‘Ice Bloc DCS’, a digital controller and sequencer, was the first product to emerge from the UK Quantum Technology Programme.
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